(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.