Cincinnati | Del Potro still catching up
The weather continued to disrupt play at the Cincinnati Masters with just 11 matches completed from the 20 scheduled of which only three were in the men’s draw.
Juan Martin del Potro remains a round behind even though he quickly dispatched Hyeon Chung 6-2 6-3 but then his scheduled match with Nick Kyrgios was postponed.
He has a big future, and he is a nice player. I am glad to go through Juan Martin del Potro
“I am happy to beat these young players. He has a big future, and he is a nice player. I am glad to go through,” Del Potro said later.
Also finishing before the rains were Pablo Carreno Busta who ousted Robin Haase, conqueror of Alexander Zverev in the previous round, 6-4 6-2 while Milos Raonic knocked out countryman Denis Shapovalov 7-6(6) 6-4.
“I think I got myself into more points on his serve than he did on mine. I think that was an important thing.” Raonic said. “It was the thing I struggled with most last time we played, so I definitely made sure to focus on that and sort of try to change that a little bit.”
Novak Djokovic and defending champion Grigor Dimitrov did get their match underway in the evening with the Bulgarian surprising the Serb to race into a set and a break lead. It certainly looked like Dimitrov was on course to claim his first win over Djokovic in over five years but with his new-found confidence, the former world No.1 responded by winning five games in a row to level at 2-6 6-3 when rain halted play.
After a 90-minute delay, the match resumed and Djokovic went up a break 2-1 before a final rainstorm ended play for the night just after 10pm.
Also stopped in progress were Marin Cilic and Karen Khachanov locked at 1-1 in the third set and Stan Wawrinka who was leading 2-1 having just got underway against Marton Fucsovics.
On Friday, with the third round and the quarterfinals scheduled, 7-time champion Roger Federer will have to win two full matches to stay alive. As will Kevin Anderson.
If they both win, Federer and Wawrinka would meet in the quarterfinals Friday night.