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Roger Federer 'anxious' ahead of return in Cincinnati

Roger Federer 'anxious' ahead of return in Cincinnati

Federer last played a match on hardcourt 141 days ago, when he lost in the Miami second round to Thanasi Kokkinakis before skipping the clay season and returning on grass.

Serena Williams has opened up on how her pursuit of perfection can lead to unrealistic expectations, both in tennis and as a mother.

"She really pushed me a lot, I just tried to stay focused on my serve". If I can improve by 10, 15 per cent, you turn a lot of those matches around. It's like a mental game, as well, you know, still staying there and be focusing on every point.

"I'm just going to continue to work hard, and hopefully I'll start winning more matches".

Kyle Edmund also went out in the second round, losing in straight sets to the 19-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov.

The former World No.1 pulled out of last week's Rogers Cup in Montreal, citing "personal reasons", and had earlier suffered the worst defeat of her career - 6-1 6-0 -against Britain's Johanna Konta in San Jose.

But it was not enough to cope with an in-form Kvitova, who emerged a 6-3 2-6 6-3 victor after an entertaining struggle that lasted two hours on the outdoor hard courts of the Lindner Family Tennis Center.

'So for the players as well and to attract more people and viewers of a younger audience we have to keep tennis matches dynamic and shorter'.

Alize Cornet of France sprung a first round surprise as she dispatched 11th seed Jeļena Ostapenko of Latvia 1-6, 7-5, 6-0.

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But fellow injury patient Stan Wawrinka opened with a defeat of 12th seed Diego Schwartzman 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

South Korean Chung Hyeon rallied to beat Jack Sock 2-6 6-1 6-2 and set up a second-round clash with fourth seed Juan Martin del Potro.

Murray was beaten 1-6 6-1 4-6 by Pouille, who took the opening set in just over 30 minutes.

Unseeded Milos Raonic advanced past Serb Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-3 at the combined ATP and WTA event, the last major tune-up prior to the US Open on August 27.

She secured a second break in the sixth game when Williams sent a backhand down the line long, Kvitova eventually sealing the victory after a pulsating struggle when a backhand serve return attempt from the American sailed long.

Elise Mertens scored a 6-4 6-2 first-round win over Magdalena Rybarikova.

In the women's doubles, Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei and Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus lost 6-2, 3-6, 11-13 to Latvian Anastasija Sevastova and Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Australian 16th seed Ashleigh Barty defeated Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova 6-3, 7-5, while 14th-ranked Elise Mertens topped Magdalena Rybarikova 6-4, 6-2.


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