Federer marches on in Cincinnati

Former world number one reaches third round after sealing his 300th Masters Series win in Cincinnati Open.

    This was Federer's first match since losing the Rogers Cup final to Tsonga [REUTERS]
    This was Federer's first match since losing the Rogers Cup final to Tsonga [REUTERS]

    Roger Federer survived an opening-match fright by outlasting Canada's Vasek Pospisil 7-6, 5-7, 6-2 to claim his 300th Masters Series win and reach the third round of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.

    Back in action after losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final of the Rogers Cup in Toronto on Sunday, third-ranked Federer appeared sluggish at times as he struggled to tame the 46th-ranked Canadian.

    With the victory, the second seeded Swiss, a five-time champion on the Cincinnati hard courts, becomes the first player to reach 300 wins in the ATP Tour's elite Masters 1000 events.

    Earlier, after a first-round bye, eighth-seeded Briton Andy Murray got his tournament off to a convincing start by easing past Portugal's Joao Sousa 6-3, 6-3.

    But Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsun shocked fourth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 while Poland's Jerzy Janowicz knocked off Bulgarian seventh-seed Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

    In evening matches, Frenchman Gael Monfils sent 13th seed Roberto Bautista Agut home with a dominant 6-4, 6-1 win in just under an hour.

    SOURCE: Reuters


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