Day five in the Cincinnati Masters was interrupted by a long bout of rain and lightning. Two matches, Rafael Nadal vs Ramos Vinolas and Kyrgios vs Karlovic, were suspended. This meant that the winner of the match-ups would have to play two matches in a day, which is what happened. Nadal won his match against Vinolas in straight sets while Kyrgios had to battle it out in a three-setter, including a tie-breaker with some insane shot-making. This meant that Nadal and Kyrgios were to meet for the fourth time. And that led to one conclusion.
Kyrgios is almost unbeatable if he’s focused
What a match it was. Kyrgios had to battle it out in his quarter-final match against Karlovic. Not so in his match against Nadal. He clinched the first set in 25 minutes and was done and dusted in 80. He produced fantastic groundstrokes, brilliant passing shots and a great day of serving, while Nadal’s serve failed him and he played a little sloppy. Kyrgios was dealing with hip issues and was at one point thinking of getting surgery. This showed in his match with David Goffin and even to an extent with Alexandr Dolgopolov. But his play has been terrific in spite of that, and he has a great chance of reaching his first Masters final.
David Ferrer’s resurgence continues
David Ferrer played possibly his best match in close to two years with a straight sets victory over third seed Dominic Thiem. The gritty Spaniard had slipped to 49th in the world. However, with a title in the Swedish Open and a 12-2 record since Wimbledon, it seems like Ferrer is finally returning to something approaching his best. His 2016 season and the first half of the 2017 season were marred with poor form. It was refreshing to see him play as well as he did against Thiem. A key to Ferrer’s improved game is his improved movement and better reaction times, which aided his return game.
Dimitrov and Isner shine
Grigor Dimitrov picked up from his showings in Australia with a semi-final showing in Cincinnati. The Bulgarian has been in spectacular form all week and hasn’t dropped a set. The same could be said of John Isner. The booming American hasn’t dropped a set either and convincingly defeated Jared Donaldson in his quarter-final match to register his semi-final berth and will become the top ranked American on Monday. His serve hadn’t been broken this week, but he lost in straight sets to Dimitrov, who reached his first Masters 1000 final. He will either face Ferrer or Kyrgios for a shot at his first Masters 1000 title.
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