The end of the first round of the Masters 1000 in Cincinnati saw the victories of Jannik Sinner, Taylor Fritz or Nick Kyrgios, while the winner of Montreal, Pablo Carreno Busta, was trapped by Miomir Kecmanovic.
Pablo Carreno Busta will not succeed in the Montreal-Cincinnati double! Surprise winner last Sunday of the Canadian Masters 1000, the Spaniard fell on entering Ohio, facing a player ranked 22 ranks behind him (14th against 36th), Miomir Kecmanovic. The Serb won 1-6, 7-5, 7-6 after a nice fight of 2h52. Missed the first set, he gained momentum to equalize at one set everywhere thanks to a break at the best moment, at 6-5, then came back from 1-3 to 4-4 in the third, before winning it 7-4 in the tie-break, against a Spaniard suffering from service (13 double faults in total). It is therefore Kecmanovic who will face Jannik Sinner, seeded n°10, who fought for 3h16 before beating the Australian qualifier Thanasi Kokkinakis: 6-4, 6-4, 7-6. The Italian missed a set point in the tie-break of the first leg, and finally lost it 11-9, but he reacted well in the second, and won the third at the end of the suspense, 8- 6 in the tie-break on his second match point.
A Fritz-Kyrgios clash
The qualification was much easier for the seeded n°13, Taylor Fritz, who made short work of the Argentinian Sébastian Baez: 6-1, 6-1 in 54 minutes! But the American will have a lot to do in the next round, against the player in form this summer, whom he has never faced before: Nick Kyrgios (28th in the world). The Australian got rid of Alejandro Davidovich Fokina 7-5, 6-4 in 1:30, with 10 aces on the clock and only one break conceded, at 2-1 in the second set. Also note that Rafael Nadal, who can become world No. 1 next Monday, knows his first opponent. It’s Borna Coric, who eliminated Lorenzo Musetti 7-6, 6-3, and against whom he has a balanced record of two wins all. The Croatian had also beaten the Spaniard in Cincinnati in 2016.