Keys, Querrey Grind Out Tight Victories While Azararenka, Pouille Cruise in Main Draw

Men's Singles

Sam Querrey (USA) D. (9) John Isner (USA) 6-4, 6-7(5), 7-6(5) 

Sam Querrey's toe-to-toe battle with John Isner evoked well-deserved Center Court cheers throughout the 2-hour, 7-minute affair. Querrey emerged from the fray with his fifth match victory over his opponent. The match was the second straight between the duo that went three sets and featured two tiebreakers. The 2007 tournament quarterfinalst Querrey will compete in the Round of 32 for a ninth time. Isner rocketed 38 aces in the match to Querrey's 26, but Querrey produced an 83-78 edge in total service points. He's now 12-11 all-time in Cincinnati and in postion to earn a Round of 16 berth for the first time since March at Indian Wells. Isner, who was eliminated in last year's tournament semifinals by defending champion Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria), sees his W&S Open record slide to 15-11. He earned an Atlanta tournament title and played to the Round of 16 last week in Toronto.

(6) Lucas Pouille (France) D. (WC) Andy Murray (Great Britain) 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 

Lucas Pouille advanced to the tournament Round of 32 for the first time with his first victory against former US Open and Wimbledon champion Andy Murray. Pouille pounced early and held a 4-0 advantage after the opening 19 minutes of a convincing first-set victory in which he tallied three break points,12 first-service poitns and 12 second-return points. Murray, on the road to recovery from a hip injury, displayed world-class resiliency by rolling to an equally-convincing second-set triumph on the strength of four aces and 19 first-service points. Pouille led 4-3 in the third and quickly increased the advantage to 5-3 with a steaming forehand passing shot down the line. Murray fought back from 0-30 to earn an advantage and took the ninth game of the third set by pocketing consecutive points off strong serves. Pouille's deft shot placement proved to be the difference in the deciding 10th game of the set. He rolled to a 30-0 lead and forced a Murray error off a drop-shot return before sealing the match with a stout forehand winner.  

"I'm very happy, especially with the way I fought until the end," Pouille said. "I tried to do my best in the third set and, until the end, I played very aggressive. I'm very pleased with that."

Murray sets his sights on continiuing his road to full recovery.

"Today's start of the match was not good at all," Murray said. "It was a pretty bad first set and then after that, you know, got a little bit better. I physically felt okay. You know, it's quick conditions here. I feel like he was a little bit sharper than me out there. I maybe wasn't reacting as quickly to some shots I would have liked." 

Women's Singles

(13) Madison Keys (USA) D. (WC) Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-4 

Madison Keys collected her fifth tournament victory after rebounding from a set and break down against fellow countrywoman Bethanie Mattek-Sands, a 2005 tournament quarterfinalist. Keys, recovering from a wrist injury that forced her to withdraw from the Montreal and San Jose events, trailed 3-1 in the second set before rallying to force, and ultimately win, a set tiebreak. She delivered four aces and 20 first-service wins in the second, then, acclerated her service game by registering eight of her 13 match aces in the deciding third set. The Rock Island, Ill., native moves to 3-1 all-time against Mattek-Sands and needs one more victory to advance to her second straight W&S Open Round of 16.
 
`"It was a little dramatic, but I'm happy to get through to play another match," Keys said. "It's always difficult when you have someone you care about on the other side of the net."

(WC) Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) D. (WC) Carla Suárez Navarro (Spain) 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 

2013 W&S Open champion Victoria Azarenka, took her 10th tournament victory and first since 2013 ahead of Carla Suárez Navarro, who made the tournament Round of 16 last season for a third time. Azarenka unleashed a power-serve game that yielded 10 aces and 72 service points. She also produced 51 return points, including 30 on first returns. Suárez Navarro, a 2016 tournament quarterfinalist, captured the tight first set by generating 28 service and 15 first-return points. Azarenka, who has now earned at least one match victory in 15 tournaments since 2014, advanced to the San Jose quarterfinals in July and Miami semifinals in March.
 

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