Friday, 23 February 2018

Top 2 seeds through to Dubai semis

The two top seeds have managed their way through the draw in Dubai to reach the semi finals.

Top seed Elina Svitolina proved too strong for wildcard Naomi Osaka, who nevertheless can add another good result to her 2018 season.

Svitolina won this encounter 6-2 6-4.

Garbine Muguruza, the second seed, had a good battle with fifth seed Caroline Garcia in set one, but too many unforced errors in set two made the Spaniard’s task relatively simple.

Muguruza through to the final four 7-5 6-2, following her Doha finals appearance last week.

The other Dubai quarter finals:

Angie Kerber (6) defeated Karolina Pliskova (3) 6-4 6-3

Will play Svitolina in the semis

Daria Kasatkina defeated Elena Vesnina 7-6(5) 6-1

Will play Muguruza in the semis

Rio de Janeiro:

The incomplete second round match lasted just four more points before Gael Monfils dismissed top seed Marin Cilic 6-3 7-6(8)

The other match held over from the night before saw Pablo Cuevas (7) defeat lucky loser in qualifying Gastao Elias 7-5 6-1

The completion of second round matches:

Fabio Fognini (5) defeated Tennys Sandgren 4-6 6-4 7-6(6)

Aljaz Bedene defeated Pablo Carreno Busta (3) 6-2 5-7 6-2

Dominic Thiem (2) defeated Pablo Andujar 4-2 (retired)

Fernando Verdasco (8) defeated Nicolas Kicker 6-7(3) 6-2 6-0

Three of the top four seeds failed to make it to the final eight

Marseille:

The completion of second round matches:

Karen Khachanov (9) defeated Mischa Zverev 6-2 6-1

Tomas Berdych (4) defeated qualifier Stefano Travaglia 5-7 7-6(4) 6-3

Filip Krajinovic (8) defeated Gilles Simon 6-3 6-3

Nicolas Mahut defeated Gilles Muller (6) 3-6 6-2 6-4

Qualifier Ilya Ivashka defeated Stan Wawrinka (2) 6-4 1-1 (retired)

Five seeds survived to the quarter finals - but there will be one all unseeded final, featuring Mahut ranked 100 and Ivashka ranked 193.

Delray Beach:

The completion of second round matches:

Denis Shapovalov defeated Jared Donaldson 6-7(6) 6-4 6-4

Taylor Fritz defeated Mikhail Youzhny 6-1 4-6 6-3

Hyeon Chung (8) defeated qualifier Franko Skugor 6-4 7-6(4)

Wildcard Frances Tiafoe defeated Juan Martin del Potro (2) 7-6(6) 4-6 7-5

Chung is the only seed left in the final eight.

Budapest:

The completion of second round matches:

Dominika Cibulková (1) defeated Kirsten Flipkens 6-4 6-2

Johanna Larsson defeated Aleksandra Krunic (7) 6-3 6-1

Mona Barthel defeated Timea Babos (3) 6-4 4-6 6-3

Qualifier Ysaline Bonaventure defeated Donna Vekic (8) 6-4 6-1

Shuai Zhang (2) defeated qualifier Jana Cepelova 2-6 7-6(4) 6-3

Cibulková and Zhang are the top two seeds, and are the only seeds left in the quarter finals 

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Day Three and some carnage at the top

Things seemed to be rattling along pleasantly for the bulk of top ranked players this week but Day Three tripped up a number of them.

Wildcard and fourth seed Jelena Ostapenko confirmed her horror start to 2018 with yet another loss after a first round bye - this one to Elena Vesnina 6-1 7-6(6).

The reigning Roland Garros champion lost her first two matches this year to players outside the top thirty, and bowed out of the last two tournaments - Premier class - also in her opening hit.

In between she only made the third round at the Aus Open, and her sole St Petersburg success was a win over 197th ranked Vera Zvonareva, before being assassinated by Petra Kvitova, posting just two games.

Still sitting at 6 in the world rankings, Ostapenko needs to start proving her 2017 wasn’t just a flash in the pan, otherwise her hope of defending Paris in May/June will be fanciful.

Another seed to fall by the wayside in Dubai was wildcard seventh seed Johanna Konta, losing to Daria Kasatkina of Russia. After taking the second set in a tight tie break, Daria triumphed 4-6 7-6(6) 6-2.

Other Dubai second round matches:

Elina Svitolina (1) defeated lucky loser in qualifying Qiang Wang 6-1 5-7 6-2

Wildcard Naomi Osaka defeated Anett Kontaveit 6-2 7-6(5)

Karolina Pliskova (3) defeated Carla Suárez Navarro 5-7 6-2 6-4

Angie Kerber (6) defeated qualifier Sara Errani 6-4 6-2

Caroline Garcia (5) defeated Ekaterina Makarova 6-4 6-2

Garbine Muguruza (2) defeated wildcard CiCi Bellis 6-3 7-5

Rio de Janeiro has seen the exit of fourth seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas, with victory to Nicolas Jarry of Chile, ranked 94, 7-5 6-3.

Other Rio de Janeiro second round matches:

Diego Schwartzman (6) defeated Federico Delbonis 6-2 6-3

Rain suspended play with Gael Monfils leading top seed Marin Cilic 6-3 6-6 and 7-7 in the tie break, Cilic a serve to come.

The final match originally scheduled was lucky loser in qualifying Gastao Elias v seventh seed Pablo Cuevas.

Those matches will be completed/started tomorrow.

Wildcard and sixth seed John Isner was sent packing from Delray Beach by 64th ranked Peter Gojowczyk in three tie break sets 7-6(3) 6-7(4). 7-6(5)

Ninth seed Milos Raonic exited the same tournament thanks to Steve Johnson, a former top twenty player who has slipped out of the top 50.

Johnson prevailed in a match where he won 25 of 29 points on his first serve, and he held serve for the entire match which ended 6-2 6-4.

Those upsets paled into insignificance to the defeat of top seed Jack Sock by 20 year old compatriot, wildcard Reilly Opelka, ranked 228.

6’11” Opelka served down 17 aces in his 4-6 7-5 6-3 shock win.

Sock is yet to register a win in 2018, losing both in Auckland and the Aus Open to players ranked 65 and 41 respectively, and now Delray Beach where he was defending champion.

Other Delray Beach second round matches:

Evgeny Donskoy defeated Donald Young 7-6(6) 6-3

Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut, was bounced out of the Marseille tournament after a first round bye, to the delight of the crowd, by 56th ranked Frenchman Julien Benneteau 7-6(2) 7-6(5)

Other Marseille results:

First round completion

Mischa Zverev defeated Blaz Kavcic 6-4 6-4

Gilles Muller (6) defeated lucky loser in qualifying Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-5 6-3

Nicolás Mahut defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-5 7-6(4)

Second round 

Damir Dzumhur (7) defeated Thomas Fabbiano 6-7(5) 7-6(7) 7-6(5) in almost three hours of tennis

Lucas Pouille (3) defeated Pierre-Hugues Herbert 3-6 7-6(6) 6-4

Budapest was not to be denied its surprises and one was the defeat of sixth seed Aliaksandra Sasnovich by Petra Martic 3-6 6-4 6-4

Perhaps not a real upset as they are separated in the rankings by only nine spots.

Martic has now achieved a 3-1 head to head record over Sasnovich, but we can’t read too much into that as the first three battles were fought in 2014/15.

The other unexpected loss was suffered by fifth seed Mihaela Buzarnescu. 80th ranked Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck defeated the Romanian 6-1 6-0, converting 6 of 13 break points created, and winning 33 of 47 points in the “match”.

Other Budapest results:

First round completion

Dominika Cibulková (1) defeated wildcard Fanny Stollar 6-3 6-3

Kirsten Flipkens defeated Monica Niculescu 6-3 7-5

Tímea Babos (3) defeated Tatjana Maria 6-1 6-0

Qualifier Jana Cepelova defeated Carina Witthoeft 6-2 6-2

Shuai Zhang (2) defeated Arina Rodionova 6-3 6-2

Second round 

Lucky loser in qualifying Viktoria Kuzmova defeated Sabine Lisicki 6-2 6-4

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Day Two safe for top seeds everywhere 

No major upsets in Dubai as the remaining first round matches were completed.

The only three setter was that between Anett Kontaveit and qualifier Samantha Stosur which opened surprisingly with the Australian completely thrashing Anett in set one, winning twice as many points to lead 6-1.

Roles were reversed in set two with all seven break points created for Kontaveit, two of which were converted, and the match evened up.

The decider was closer but Stosur struggled to win a point on the Estonian serve, and as such could manage just the one break, compared to two for Kontaveit, who advanced 1-6 6-2 6-4.

The other first round matches:

Lucky Loser from qualifying Qiang Wang defeated Kiki Bertens 6-3 6-0

Carla Suárez Navarro defeated qualifier Sofya Zhuk 6-2 6-2

Qualifier Sara Errani defeated fellow qualifier Lesia Tsurenko 6-4 6-3

Angie Kerber (6) defeated Barbora Strýcová 6-2 6-1

Caroline Garcia (5) defeated Lucie Safarova 6-3 7-5

Wildcard CiCi Bellis defeated Elise Mertens 6-3 6-3

Rio de Janeiro:

Remaining first round matches:

Federico Delbonis defeated Jiri Vesely 6-2 3-2 (retired)

Diego Schwartzman (6) defeated wildcard Casper Ruud 4-1 (retired)

Pablo Cuevas (7) defeated wildcard Thiago Monteiro 6-7(5) 7-6(10) 6-3

Aljaz Bedene defeated Andreas Haider-Maurer 7-5 6-0

Nicolás Kicker defeated Victor Estrella Burgos 6-3 6-3

Pablo Andujar defeated Gerald Melzer 7-5 6-2

Pablo Carreno Busta (3) defeated qualifier Marco Cecchinato 6-4 6-1

Gaël Monfils defeated Horacio Zeballos 7-5 3-6 7-5

Dominic Thiem (2) defeated Dusan Lajovic 6-2 7-5

Marseille:

With still three first round matches to be played tomorrow these were decided on Day Two:

Karen Khachanov (9) defeated qualifier Ruben Bemelmans 6-3 7-6(2)

Qualifier Stefano Travaglia defeated wildcard Hugo Gaston 6-2 6-2

Filip Krajinovic (8) defeated João Sousa 3-6 6-4 6-4

Gilles Simon defeated Maximilian Marterer 7-6(3) 7-6(4)

Pierre-Hugues Herbert defeated qualifier Norbert Gombos 6-2 7-6(3)

Qualifier Ilya Ivashka defeated Laslo Djere 6-3 6-1

Dominic Thiem (2) defeated Dusan Lajovic 6-2 7-5

Delray Beach:

First round was completed with:

Wildcard Reilly Opelka defeated Ryan Harrison 7-6(5) 7-6(6)

Peter Gojowczyk defeated Lukas Lacko 3-6 7-5 6-1

Wildcard John Isner (6) defeated Radu Albot 5-7 6-3 6-4

Evgeny Donskoy defeated lucky loser in qualifying Darian King 6-4 6-2

Steve Johnson defeated Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3 6-4

Milos Raonic (9) defeated Taro Daniel 6-1 7-5

Jared Donaldson defeated lucky loser in qualifying Peter Polansky 7-6(6) 6-1

Denis Shapovalov defeated Ivo Karlovic 7-5 7-6(4)

Mikhail Youzhny defeated Dudi Sela 7-5 6-4

Qualifier Franko Skugor defeated fellow qualifier Alexander Bublik 6-2 7-5

Taylor Fritz defeated Sam Querrey (4) 2-6 6-3 7-6(4)

Juan Martin del Potro (2) defeated Jeremy Chardy 6-2 6-4  

Budapest:

With still five first round matches to be played tomorrow these were decided on Day Two:

Johanna Larsson defeated qualifier Magdalena Frech 6-1 7-6(5)

Aleksandra Krunic (7) defeated qualifier Georgina Garcia Perez 6-2 6-4

Qualifier Ysaline Bonaventure defeated Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-0 6-0

Donna Vekic (8) defeated wildcard Panna Udvardy 6-3 6-3

Aliaksandra Sasnovich (6) defeated qualifier Roberta Vinci 6-3 6-3

Lucky loser from qualifying Viktoria Kuzmova defeated Sorana Cirstea (4) 6-4 6-2

Mihaela Buzarnescu (5) defeated Lara Arruabarrena 7-6(5) 6-1

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Big week of tennis on 4 continents

Super busy week in world tennis with five tournaments up for grabs.

Three ATP events:

Rio Open presented by Claro in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (ATP 500)

Open 13 Provence in Marseille, France (ATP 250)

Delray Beach Open in Delray Beach, USA (ATP 250)

Two WTA events:

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai, UAE (WTA Premier)

Hungarian Ladies Open in Budapest, Hungary (WTA International)

The biggest of the lot is clearly the Dubai tournament with seven of the world top ten competing.

Petra Kvitova, the hottest player on tour, was ranked outside the top twenty when seedings were allocated, and so is the most dangerous unseeded floating player in the draw.

The top four seeds have first round byes, a blessing for second seed Garbine Muguruza after her exhausting final on Sunday in Doha.

Opening round matches played so far:

Wildcard Naomi Osaka defeated Kiki Mladenovic (8) 6-2 6-2

Wildcard Johanna Konta (7) defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7-6(2) 6-2

Daria Kasatkina defeated Agnieszka Radwanska 7-5 6-4

Elena Vesnina defeated Shuai Peng 6-4 7-5

Ekaterina Makarova defeated Anastasija Sevastova 3-6 7-6(9) 6-3

Rio de Janeiro opening round matches:

Marin Cilic (1) defeated qualifier Carlos Berlocq 6-3 6-2

Albert Ramos-Vinolas (4) defeated Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-3 3-6 6-4

Nicolas Jarry defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3 7-6(3)

Lucky Loser in qualifying Gastao Elias defeated Guido Pella 6-4 5-7 7-5

Fabio Fognini (5) defeated wildcard Thomaz Bellucci 6-7(5) 7-5 6-2

Tennys Sandgren defeated qualifier Roberto Carballes Baena 4-6 6-1 4-3 (retired)

Fernando Verdasco (8) defeated Leonardo Mayer 6-2 3-6 6-3

Marseille opening round matches:

Julien Benneteau defeated Malek Jaziri 6-4 6-3

Thomas Fabbiano defeated Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3 6-4

Damir Dzumhur (7) defeated Mikhail Kukushkin 6-7(6) 7-6(3) 6-1

The top 4 seeds have first round byes

Delray Beach opening round matches:

Jack Sock (1) defeated John-Patrick Smith 6-4 6-4

Donald Young defeated qualifier Ramkumar Ramanathan 6-1 6-2

Hyeon Chung (8) defeated lucky loser in qualifying Cameron Norrie 3-6 6-3 6-1

Wildcard Frances Tiafoe defeated Matthew Ebden 6-2 2-6 6-2

Budapest opening round matches:

Mona Barthel defeated Kateryna Kozlova 7-6(3) 5-7 6-0

Petra Martic defeated wildcard Antonia Lottner 6-4 6-2

Sabine Lisicki defeated Pauline Parmentier 0-6 6-4 6-2

Alison Van Uytvanck defeated Oceane Dodin 6-3 6-2

Monday, 19 February 2018

Kvitova d Muguruza to win Doha thriller

The final of the Qatar Total Open was a wonderful exhibition of women’s tennis, and a fitting end to the first Premier 5 event of 2018, which has been full of highlights from Day One.

Garbine Muguruza (4) was the fast starter, breaking the Petra Kvitova serve twice and maintaining an attacking but tidy all court game.

Petra, to be candid, was generous with her multiple double faults and unforced errors off the ground, and her false start reflected 0-5 on the scoreboard.

Similar to her semi final against Wozniacki, Kvitova slipped into the match with a three game streak, including a break of the Spanish serve when Garbine served for the set.

Muguruza was not going to waste her brilliant beginning though, and on her second attempt to take the opener she prevailed 6-3.

Serving first in set two, Kvitova had the advantage of being able to put pressure on Muguruza to play catch up when serving.

However, there were chances for the fourth seed to break the Czech serve in the third and fifth games, each of which were competently saved.

Wasting the chances eventually caught up with Muguruza, and Kvitova was the one who gained the edge, breaking with a backhand winner for a 4-2 lead.

Muguruza created two further break points to be back on serve, but the solid delivery of Kvitova snuffed out any thought of that happening.

Both players then held serve, and Kvitova’s hold meant the set was hers.

A set apiece.

First serve percentage for Muguruza in set one 75% and set two 62%

First serve percentage for Kvitova in set one 48% and set two 68%

Set one for Kvitová winners 4 unforced errors 15

Set two for Kvitova winners 16 unforced errors 16

The decider began with Muguruza 1-0, after double faulting at 30-30, and needing to save a break point.

Kvitova saved two break points at 1-2, with a backhand winner and ace.

Then Kvitova attained the all important break to lead 3-2 and Muguruza called a medical time out for attention to her knee which she hurt during that game.

Yet another break point saved by Kvitova and the lead was extended to 4-2.

Muguruza saved two break points to hold for 3-4, and a love game from Kvitová drew her to within a game from the title.

Garbine held and forced Petra to serve for it, which she did purposely.

3-6 6-3 6-4 - the 13th straight victory and 2nd successive tournament win for Kvitova who jumps back into the top ten after starting 2018 at 29.

Amazingly Kvitova is unseeded for next weeks Dubai Premier tournament.

That will strike fears into the seeded players in her part of the draw - eighth seed Kiki Mladenovic likely second round, top seed Elina Svitolina possible quarter final, and possible semi final third seed Karolina Pliskova.

It could be another final between Kvitova and Muguruza depending on fitness and recovery.

This tournament alone Kvitova knocked off Agnieszka Radwanska, Elina Svitolina (3), Julia Goerges (9), Caroline Wozniacki (1) and Garbine Muguruza (4).

A great tournament for Muguruza after a tough season beginning in Australia.

She moves up to three in the world.

The final of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam saw top seed Roger Federer go on his winning way, recording a second title for 2018, defeating Grigor Dimitrov (2) 6-2 6-2

Kevin Anderson (1) defeated Sam Querrey (2) to capture the New York Open 4-6 6-3 7-6(1)

In Buenos Aires, Dominic Thiem (1) defeated Aljaz Bedene 6-2 6-4 and is the Argentina Open champion for 2018.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Kvitova beats Wozniacki to make Doha final 

The final of the Qatar Total Open will be fought between Garbine Muguruza (4) and Petra Kvitova (16) after Petra defeated top seed Caroline Wozniacki in their semi final - yet another wonderful match in Doha.

It completed the 12th successive match win for Kvitova, coming on top of her title triumph in St Petersburg and two Fed Cup singles wins.

It wasn’t the ideal start for Petra, her first serve percentage poor, and Wozniacki taking advantage, winning her fair share of points on it.

At 2-3 Kvitova was broken but she immediately did likewise.

Wozniacki still was the cooler player in the opening set, proved by her finish, winning the closing games to assert control 6-3.

Kvitová found herself in trouble in set two, down a break 0-2. She hadn’t held serve in her last three attempts.

At 3-1 Wozniacki must have had some confidence that she could win through, having held serve the last three tries.

The sixth game was the turning point of the match, with Kvitova breaking back for 3-3.

After an exchange of games there were four breaks of serve, Caroline serving for the match twice, at 5-4 and 6-5, but failing each time.

Kvitova won the tie break handily seven points to three, and her consistent determination had prevented Wozniacki from taking her chances of winning the match, instead levelling at a set all 3-6 7-6(3)

The final set was another struggle, with top level tennis from both.

The booming left handed serve and heavy ground strokes from the Czech player seemed to be slightly more damaging, even with the first eight games on serve 4-4.

Finally Kvitová managed to break the Aus Open champion’s serve and had the chance to serve for the match.

Never an easy task to serve a match out, whoever you are, or whatever the situation, and Petra fell foul of the moment, Wozniacki drawing level once again at 5-5.

Petra wasn’t to be denied, playing a great game to easily break the Danish serve again.

This time, decisive serving was too much for Wozniacki to handle and the match was over - 3-6 7-6(3) 7-5 to Petra Kvitová in just over two and a half hours.

The final between Muguruza and Kvitova promises to be a blockbuster, with both players running into top form.

Favourite should be Petra - she has won their last three contests, after losing the first at the 2015 WTA Championships.

The most recent win was at last years US Open in the round of sixteen.

Rotterdam has completed its ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament semi finals:

Wildcard Roger Federer (1) defeated lucky loser in qualifying Andreas Seppi 6-3 7-6(3)

Like in Melbourne, Roger had seeds fall aside for him (Wawrinka and Zverev) to eventually be able to face a much lower ranked, unseeded player in the semis.

Grigor Dimitrov (2) defeated David Goffin (4) 6-3 0-1 (retired)

Final will be: Roger Federer (1) v Grigor Dimitrov (2)

New York has completed its New York Open semi finals:

Sam Querrey (2) defeated Adrian Mannarino (4) 6-7(5) 7-5 6-3

Kevin Anderson (1) defeated Kei Nishikori (5) 6-1 3-6 7-6(4)

Final will be Kevin Anderson (1) v Sam Querrey (2)

Buenos Aires has also completed its Argentina Open semi finals:

Dominic Thiem (1) defeated Gael Monfils 6-2 6-1

Aljaz Bedene defeated Federico Delbonis 6-4 2-6 6-1

Final will be Dominic Thiem (1) v Aljaz Bedene

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Federer returns to number 1

Two of the four quarter finals contested in the Qatar Total Open in Doha were quality three setters and worthy of this stage of a Premier level tournament.

Caroline Wozniacki (1) and Angie Kerber (8) played a tight first set and it couldn’t be decided without a tie break.

Each player achieved a service break from the six opportunities given both.

Kerber had displayed a brilliant first serve percentage, and broke Wozniacki in the third game.

At 5-3, the top seed hit back and even gained a set point at 6-5, but it was denied by Kerber.

Wozniacki played a better tie break and led 7-6(4).

Kerber levelled with a dominant second set.

Winning 16 of 19 points on serve, compared with Wozniacki’s 8 from 18, was a stark indication of the one sided nature of the set.

Kerber broke twice for a 6-1 result, then broke again to begin the deciding set.

Wozniacki awoke from her nightmare and proceeded to break back immediately, and a further break was too much for a tiring Kerber, and Wozniacki took the chocolates 7-6(4) 1-6 6-3.

This was a terrific match - Kerber, in losing only her second match for 2018, hit 37 winners against 30 unforced errors.

Wozniacki 46 winners and 29 unforced errors.

Garbine Muguruza (4) was in danger of missing out on reaching her first Doha semi final when Caroline Garcia (7) out performed her in the opening set.

The match was being played on the French player’s terms, for instance Garcia winning all five points on the Muguruza second serve.

The set belonged to Caroline 6-3.

After that the crowd was witness to a Spanish masterclass, with reminders of how Muguruza can take control of all the court against any opponent.

She has, of course, beaten each of the Williams sisters to take home Grand Slam titles.

Here she took the attack to Garcia, winning twice as many points, breaking serve twice, and squaring the match 3-6 6-1.

More of the same in the decider, although the seventh seed put up more resistance, especially when Muguruza was serving at 4-3 to maintain her break advantage.

Still, the victory was Garbine’s 3-6 6-1 6-4

The other quarter finals:

Simona Halep (2) defeated qualifier CiCi Bellis 6-0 6-4

Unfortunately Halep did more damage to her foot which was injured during the Australian Open last month and the second seed announced later that she would be withdrawing from the tournament.

Petra Kvitová (16) defeated Julia Goerges (9) 6-4 2-1 (retired)

So the the one semi final to be played is that between Caroline Wozniacki (1) and Petra Kvitová (16).

Garbine Muguruza (4) has been given a free pass to the final with the withdrawal of Simona Halep (2), who would have been her semi final opponent.

Rotterdam: ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament 

Quarter finals

Roger Federer had to come back from a set down against Robin Haase before putting the foot to the metal and winning 4-6 6-1 6-1.

As well as making the semi final against Andreas Seppi, Federer ensured that he would return to number one in the world rankings for the first time since November 2012.

He is the oldest player, at 36, to sit atop the world - previously it was Andre Agassi (33 in 2003)

He now holds the record for longest time between stints at the top - five years and 106 days.

For good measure, he now has displaced Rafa Nadal for longest time between debuting as number one (2004) and the latest duration there.

Lucky Loser from qualifying Andreas Seppi defeated qualifier Daniil Medvedev 7-6(4) 4-6 6-3 

David Goffin defeated Tomas Berdych (6) via a walkover 

Grigor Dimitrov (2) defeated Andrey Rublev 6-3 6-4

The second semi final will feature David Goffin (4) v Grigor Dimitrov (2)

New York: New York Open

Quarter finals 

Adrian Mannarino (4) defeated qualifier Adrian Menendez-Maceiras 7-5 2-6 6-3 

Sam Querrey defeated Ivo Karlovic 7-6(5) 7-6(4)

Kei Nishikori (5) defeated Radu Albot 4-6 6-3 6-1

Kevin Anderson (1) defeated Frances Tiafoe 6-3 5-7 6-4

Semi finals will be:

Kevin Anderson (1) v Kei Nishikori (5)

Adrian Mannarino (4) v Sam Querrey (2)

Buenos Aires: Argentina Open

Quarter finals 

Gaël Monfils defeated Leonardo Mayer 6-4 3-6 6-3

Aljaz Bedene defeated Diego Schwartzman (5) 6-4 6-4

Federico Delbonis defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-3 7-5

Dominic Thiem (1) defeated Guido Pella 7-6(7) 6-4

Semi finals will be:

Dominic Thiem (1) v Gaël Monfils 

Aljaz Bedene v Federico Delbonis