While the top seeds had no problems advancing in the Western & Southern Open Wednesday, the wins for eighth-seeded Casper Ruud and Gael Monfils provided even more significance.
Not only was Ruud’s three-set victory over American Reilly Opelka his first in Cincinnati, but the win gave the 22-year-old his 100th career win. The century mark puts him 15 wins away from matching his father’s (Christian Ruud) playing record, who now serves as his coach.
“It’s a very fun milestone to achieve. It's not something I was aware of too much until after the match today,” Ruud said. “It's not like I'm counting all the wins at all times, but it's a very, very nice achievement. I'm still young. Hopefully if I can win 100 more would be nice, obviously, but that's part of the sport. There is no guarantee. But I will do everything I can, of course. The next years will be exciting to see what I can do. Hopefully, I can also get to 200. But my 100 first wins have been all very nice, and I have good memories from all of them.”
Monfils became the 11th active player to pick up 500 career wins, upsetting 14th-seed Alex de Minaur. 500 wins gives Monfils the second-most match wins among French players in the Open Era.
“To be honest, just before coming (to Cincinnati), I didn't really know that I was that close,” Monfils said. “If you think about it, it's a big number. It's been a lot of wins over the years, and then, as I say, when I started I never thought I’d be at that amount of wins.”
Other top Western & Southern Open seeded wins included top-seeded Daniil Medvedev, the 2019 Western & Southern Open champion, dominating American Mackenzie McDonald. Gold medalist and third-seeded Alexander Zverev defeated Lloyd Harris in two sets and fourth-seeded Andrey Rublev claimed the three-set win over Croatia’s Marin Cilic. Ninth-seeded Hubert Hurkacz continued the story of top seeds advancing Wednesday, eliminating two-time Western & Southern Open champion and three-time Major titleholder Andy Murray in straight sets.
American John Isner, who collected his 13,000th ace in Tuesday’s win over Cameron Norrie, came up with one of the few upsets of the day. Isner overpowered 11-seeded No. 11 seed Jannik Sinner in three sets.
Main draw action continues Thursday at 11 a.m.
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