Rafael Nadal Claims Rookwood Cup

(Cincinnati, Ohio August 18th, 2013) – The King of Clay looks like the King of every surface as Rafael Nadal claims his first career Rookwood Cup. Nadal defeated American, John Isner, 7-6(2), 7-6(4), in the finals of the 2013 Western & Southern Open. This was Nadal’s first career championship here at the Western & Southern Open. This was Nadal’s 26th career masters 1000 series tournament title & his 9th title of the year.

Isner’s incredible run ended today when he matched up with a more polished opponent in Rafael Nadal. Isner’s serve was never broken by Nadal, but Nadal was too tough during the tiebreaks. Isner gains not only confidence after reaching his second career masters 1000 final, but will pick up 600 points in the ATP rankings. Last week dated the 1st time in 40 years that there was no American men in the ATP top 20. Isner was trying to become the first unseeded player to win in Cincinnati during the Open Era since 1968.

Nadal will rise to #2 in the world rankings to go along with the #2 seed at the US Open.


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Western & Southern Open Men’s Finals

(Cincinnati, Ohio August 17th, 2013) – The Western & Southern Open Men’s finals is set. The 28 year old American, John Isner, will match up with the 26 year old Spaniard, Rafael Nadal. This will be John Isner’s second masters 1000 series finals appearance, the first coming in 2012 at Indian Wells where he lost in straight sets to Roger Federer. Isner is trying to become the only active American born player to have won a Masters 1000 series event.

Isner’s counterpart, Rafael Nadal, has been the best player on the planet in 2013. Nadal 52-3 in 2013 has won 94% of his matches & has now reached 11 finals in 12 events this year. A win tomorrow would be Nadal’s first in Cincinnati & 9th of the year. If Nadal defeats Isner tomorrow he will overtake Andy Murray and be the new world number 2, and US Open 2nd seed.

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Western & Southern Open ATP Saturday Preview

(Cincinnati, Ohio August 17th, 2013)- The day kicks off at 1:00PM on Center Court where World no.7, Juan Martin Del Potro takes on world no.22, John Isner. Isner is coming off arguably the best win of his career after he defeated world no.1 Novak Djokovic 7-6 (5), 3-6, 7-5, yesterday in the quarterfinals. Isner quoted yesterday, “On any given day I think I can beat anyone.” Isner will need that kind of attitude today to defeat Del Potro. Del Potro holds a 4-0 record vs. Isner, most recently two weeks ago in the finals of the Citi Open in Washington, DC., where Del Potro defeated Isner 3-6, 6-1,6-2. Isner will have to rely on his powerful serve that got him past Djokovic for him to have any chance versus Del Potro.

PREDICTION: Del Potro is too polished of a player for any slip up here. Del Po cruises to a 6-4, 6-4 match as the American’s run ends in the semi’s in Cincy.

Fresh off his 21st career victory versus the 17 time grand slam champion, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal takes on Tomas Berdych in the semifinals of the Western & Southern Open. Nadal finished off his long time rival, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 in last nights prime-time match up with Roger Federer. Nadal is searching for his first career title at the Western & Southern Open. On the other side, Tomas Berdych polished off the 2013 Wimbledon Champion, Andy Murray, in straight sets 6-4, 6-3. Berdych improved his career record to 6-4 versus the Brit, capitalizing on both Murray’s unforced errors & Berdych’s hard hitting abilities.

PREDICTION: Rafa Nadal holds a 15-3 record vs. Berdych winning the last 14 matches. Berdych’s last defeat of Nadal was in Madrid in 2006. As well as Berdych has played Rafa is too tough. NADAL will advance to the finals beating Berdych 7-5, 6-4.


Top Seeds Upset at Western & Southern Open

(Cincinnati, Ohio August 16th, 2013)- Both the No.1 & No.2 seeds fall within a matter of minutes here at the Western & Southern Open. The four time finalist of the Western & Southern Open & world no.1 Novak Djokovic was upset by American (World no. 22) John Isner, 7-6, 3-6, 7-5 on Center Court. Djokovic quoted after the match, “I just played a bad match overall. Terrible match. From beginning to end, expect the start of the second set… I was a totally different player.”  The loss for Djokovic ends his bid to win all nine ATP Masters 1000s. Novak gets a head start on his training for the U.S. Open, where he will likely have to win the tournament for any chance to maintain his world #1 ranking by years end. The 6’10” John Isner moves onto his first semifinals appearance here at the Western & Southern Open. After the match in regards to Djokovic, Isner quoted, “he’s a better tennis player than me. His record proves that. But on any given day I think I can beat anyone.”

On the Grandstand Court, No.2 seed, and world No.2 Andy Murray, fell in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4 to Tomas Berdych. Berdych played an excellent match versus Murray. Berdych now leads the head-to-head match up 6-4 over Murray. Since winning Wimbledon in early July, Murray has lost in the 3rd round to Ernests Gulbis 4-6, 3-6 in Montreal & 3-6, 4-6 in the quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Open.

With both Novak Djokovic & Andy Murray losing today, Rafael Nadal No.4 & Roger Federer No.5 are the two highest ranked players left in the Western & Southern Open.


Rafael Nadal vs. Roger Federer XXXI

Cincinnati, Ohio (August 15th, 2013)- The match up is SET. World no. 3 Rafael Nadal will take on World no.5 Roger Federer on Center Court at 7:00PM in the quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Open. This will be the 31st meeting between the two long time rivals, Nadal leads the all-time series 20-10. The two have played twice in 2013, Nadal taking both of those matches in straight sets. Nadal has yet to lose on hard-courts this year on what generally is considered his worst surface (13-0).

This rivalry started off down in Florida at the Miami Masters in 2004, where 17 year old Rafael Nadal defeated the 22 year old Roger Federer in straight sets. (Federer was nursing a foot injury throughout the tournament) Since then the two have matched up 29 other times, 8 of those matches were in grand slam finals in which Nadal leads 6-2. These two spent 211 consecutive weeks as world no.1 & no.2 from July of 2005 to August of 2009, that is the record for the longest reign between two players holding the no.1 & 2 spots in tennis history. (Andy Murray took the world no.2 from Nadal in August of 2009).

This match up will come in an outdoor venue on a hard court, Nadal leads the overall series 6-2 on hard-courts in an outdoor venue, but is 0-4 lifetime against Federer on an indoor hard-court venue. Both players are a combined 80-13 this year, 50 of those wins belonging to Nadal with 10 of those loses belonging to Federer.


PREDICTION: Nadal has been the best player in tennis in 2013 posting a 50-3 match record. Federer has not been up to Federer standards partly because he is an aging player and he has been play testing a new 98 sq. in. frame. Federer went back to the old stick (Pro Staff Six One 90) for this tournament and will play with it through the U.S. Open (he has points to defend at both tournaments). This match will go three sets. 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-3 NADAL



Western & Southern Open Recap of Thursday Day Session

Cincinnati, Ohio (8.15.2013) – Whoa, what a day of tennis. The Thursday day session kicked off at center court where the Worlds 2nd ranked player Victoria Azarenka, battled with 33rd ranked Slovakian, Magdalena Rybarikova. In little less than an hour and half Azarenka disposed of Rybarikova 6-3, 6-4.

On the Men’s side of things, Feliciano Lopez put up a great fight versus the Argentine, Juan Martin Del Potro, but ultimately came up short losing 6-4, 1-6, 6-4. Del Potro was just too tough down the stretch converting on a break chance opportunity.

After knocking of Maria Sharapova, Sloane Stephens run ends in Cincinnati, as former World #1 Jelena Jankovic, who has dealt with confidence issues as of late, 3-6, 7-5, 7-5. Sloane definitely had to gain some confidence after shocking Sharapova in arguably the match of the tournament, but leaves Cincy with a bitter taste in her mouth. Stephens travels to Winston Salem next week to compete in the Winston Salem Open.

David Ferrer bows out of the Western & Southern Open after he falls 6-2, 6-4 and now is a career 0-2 against Dmity Tursunov. Tursunov has been playing some wonderful tennis and will match up with JMDP in the quarterfinals.

Murray rolled in straight sets against Julien Benneteau. Will face the winner of the Tomas Berdych & Tommy Robredo match.

Big win for John Isner, coming back from 0-3 down in second to beat Milos Raonic 7-6(5), 6-4. He and USA back in the ATP top 20

In a rematch of last year’s Western & Southern final, Li Na beats the German Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-4. Li Nai will face Aga Radwanska next, in what is a pretty solid rivalry.

Tonight’s Schedule:
Rafael Nadal takes Maria Sharapova’s boy toy, 22 year old Bulgarian Grior Dimitrov.
Battle of the Thomas’ features Tomas Berdych vs. Tommy Robredo. The head to head match up is 4-4 between these two, Robredo getting the better of the Berdych in Barcelona 3-6, 7-6, 6-3.
To top off the night, Serena Williams will face Mona Barthel for the first time in her career.


Marion Bartoli Retires

Cincinnati, Ohio (August 15th, 2013)- In news that shocked the tennis world, 2013 Wimbledon Champion, Marion Bartoli, has decided to retire from the game of tennis. Bartoli quoted during her post match interview, “it’ never easy, and obviously there is never a time to say it or whatever, but that was actually my last match of my career.” The 2013 Wimbledon Champion recognized that it was one of the hardest decisions to make in her life, but she felt the time was right. Lastly, an emotional Bartoli said that “everyone will remember my Wimbledon title, no one will remember the last match I played here.”

Midwest Sports was honored to have the Wimbledon Champion stop by our retail tent during this tournament. Bartoli picked up a bag from Prince & she also decided to purchase one last tournament souvenir, an official Western & Southern towel. Thanks for all of the great tennis memories Marion!

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Western & Southern Open: Rafael Nadal vs. Benjamin Becker Preview



Rafael Nadal World (No. 3) vs. Benjamin Becker World (No. 100)

When: 7:00 PM
Where: Center Court

The Raging Bull, Rafael Nadal, comes into the Western & Southern Open fresh off a thrashing of the Canadian Missile, Milos Ranoic, 6-2, 6-2, in the finals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal, Canada.  During Nadal’s run north of the border, he took down world number 1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals in a thrilling three set match that went into a tie breaker in the third set. Since missing the majority of the 2012 season, Nadal has shocked tennis fans around the globe posting a 48-3 record in 2013. Nadal has won 8 of the 11 tournaments he has entered this year including his eighth career French Open title.
The big question of 2013 still wavered over Rafa’s head, could he make the switch from the clay season to the hard courts? Well it seems like Nadal has answered many doubters by posting a staggering 11-0 match record on hard court surfaces this year. Will he lose here in Cincinnati? That remains to be unseen, but he will have no problem cruising past the Worlds 100th ranked player, Benjamin Becker. Surprisingly these two players have only met once in there careers, resulting in a 7-5, 6-2 win in the 2008 ATP Masters Series in Miami, Florida.  The 32 year old German will have his hands full tonight trying to contain the raging bull. PREDICTION: 6-1, 6-2. NADAL


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Western & Southern Open: Sloane Stephens vs. Maria Sharapova Preview



Sloane Stephens World (No. 17) vs. Maria Sharapova World (No.3)

Where: Center Court
When: 7:00PM

Fellow American Sloane Stephens faces a Goliath of a test tonight as she will battle the Russian Maria Sharapova. Sharapova the world’s 3rd ranked player, has beaten Stephens in all 3 of the head-to-head meetings in straight sets. Tonight’s match will mark the second time in which both players have met on a hard court surface. Sharapova defeated Stephens 6-4, 6-2 in the 3rd round of the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, Florida in 2012. Stephen holds a 25-16 record in 2013, including a semifinals appearance at the Australian Open and a quarterfinals appearance at Wimbledon. Sharapova holds a 37-6 record in 2013, including wins at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells and the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuggart, Germany. Sharapova was the runner up losing to Serena Williams in the finals of both French Open and the Sony Open in 2013.

Prediction: Sharapova’s new coach, Jimmy Connors has instilled some much needed toughness in Sharapova’s game. Sharapova rolls in straight sets. 6-3, 6-2.



Western & Southern Open: Day 3

Midwest Sports Courtside Report Match Results:

World (No. 29) Grigor Dimitrov defeated World (No. 15) Nicolas Almargo 7-6 (3), 6-4.
World (No. 32) Juan Monaco defeated World (No. 33) Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-2.
World (No.30) Jeremy Chardy defeated World (No. 68) Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-3.
World (No.26) Philipp Kohlschreiber defeated World (No.129) Mardy Fish 7-5, 6-2.
World (No.46) Marcel Granollers defeated World (No.43) Lukas Rosol 5-7, 6-4, 6-0.
World (No.185) Brian Baker defeated World (No.63) Denis Istomin 7-5, 6-3.
World (No.44) Dmitry Tusunov defeated World (No.45) Martin Klizan 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-4.
World (No.57) Radek Stepanek defeated World (No.16) Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-4
World (No.97) James Blake defeated World (No.14) Jerzy Janowicz
World (No.80) David Goffin defeated NR Mackenzie McDonald 6-1, 6-1

World (No.11) Samantha Stosur defeated World (No.29) Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 7-5.
World (No.25) Simona Halep defeated World (No.42) Su-Wei Hsieh 6-7, 6-1, 6-2.
World (No.76) Lauren Davis defeated World (No.34) Klara Zakopalova 7-6, 7-6.
World (No.140) Vania King defeated World (No.38) Kristina Mladenovic 6-3, 6-4.
World (No.17) Sloane Stephens defeated World (No.97) Petra Martic 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
World (No.8) Angelique Kerber defeated World (No.59)  Karin Knapp 6-7(6), 6-0, 6-1.
World (No.16) Maria Kirilenko defeated World (No.112) Anna Tatishvili 4-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(4).
World (No.77) Marina Erakovic defeated World (No.20) Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3, 6-4.
World (No.584) Alisa Kleybanova defeated World (No.85) Sofia Arvidsson 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(7)
World (No.37) Venus Williams defeated World (No.91)  Jana Cepelova 6-4, 6-1
World (No.62) Eugenie Bouchard defeated World (No.53) Monica Puig 6-3, 6-4