Roger Federer made history in Cincinnati today, becoming the first player to reach 300 match wins at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level with his win over Vasek Pospisil.
It took two hours for the five-time champion to dismantle the young Canadian 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-2. The first break of the match went to Pospisil at 6-5 in the second set to force a third. Federer finally got two breaks of his own in the final set and won 100% of his first serve points to clinch the win.
The former World No.1 is now in the top spot on the 2014 match win leaderboard, overtaking Rafael Nadal, with 45 wins. He advances to the round of 16 in Cincinnati for the 9th time in his career and will face the athletic Frenchman, Gael Monfils.
American wild card Steve Johnson continues his amazing run this summer, defeating No.9 seed Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 6-4. This marks Johnson’s second Top 20 win in the last three weeks, after defeating fellow countryman John Isner in Washington. He meets fellow young gun and big server Milos Raonic. The Canadian ousted another American wild card, Robby Ginepri, 6-2, 6-2 in less than an hour.
No.4 seed Tomas Berdych made an early exit at the Western & Southern Open, losing in only the second round to Yen-Hsun Lu 6-3, 3-6, 4-6. Lu, who lost to the big serving Czech in three sets just last week in Canada, served up nine aces and broke Berdych twice en route to the win. He advances to the round of 16 for the first time in Cincinnati and will face Fabio Fognini.
Minutes before Berdych was defeated, Jerzy Janowicz beat No.7 seed Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. In the battle of the 23-year-olds, Janowicz served up 12 aces to record his 5th win against a Top 10 player. He moves through to the round of 16 for the first time in Cincinnati and will meet Julien Benneteau, who defeated qualifier James Ward.
Andy Murray looked in good form Wednesday, defeating Joao Sousa 6-3, 6-3 in their second round matchup. It took just over 70 minutes for the two-time Cincinnati champion to oust Sousa, breaking the Portugal native three times en route to his 23rd win at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Murray is looking to reach his first final since his historic title at Wimbledon last year. He takes on American John Isner, who defeated qualifier Marinko Matosevic.