Tiafoe beats Berrettini in Cincinnati Open


Frances Tiafoe was unable to break Matteo Berrettini’s serve, but the American showed grit in the tiebreakers to beat last year’s Wimbledon runner-up 7-6(3) 4-6 7-6(5) in the opening round of the Cincinnati Open on Monday.

Britain’s Andy Murray got the better of Stan Wawrinka 7-6(3) 5-7 7-5 in a clash of former Grand Slam winners to advance at the ATP Masters event, the last tune-up before the U.S. Open kicks off in New York from 29 Aug.

Tiafoe had failed to capitalize on five match points against Nick Kyrgios in Washington earlier this month, and he struggled to get over the line against Berrettini, squandering three attempts to put the match to bed.

But with the crowd willing him on Tiafoe did not let a fourth chance go by, sealing victory after two hours and 52 minutes.

“People don’t understand; obviously results haven’t really shown how well I’ve been playing. I’ve been playing some great tennis, honestly,” Tiafoe said on court.

Tiafoe will next meet fellow American Sebastian Korda, who defeated Karen Khachanov 6-3 6-4.

In their 22nd meeting, neither Murray nor Wawrinka managed a break of serve in the first set. A double fault from the Swiss in the tiebreak opened the door for Murray, who took the opener when Wawrinka sent a forehand long.

In the second set, a broken racket string led Murray to shank a shot that handed set points to Wawrinka and he converted on his first opportunity to level the match.

Murray, 35, and Wawrinka, 37, both needed visits from the physios in the third set, which Murray claimed when he ripped a return winner on his fourth match point.

Murray is now 13-9 against fellow three-time Grand Slam champion Wawrinka.

“We’re not young anymore and matches like this are a lot tougher than they were when we were in our mid-20s,” Murray said.

Next up for Murray is fellow Briton and ninth seed Cameron Norrie, who beat Holger Rune 7-6(5) 4-6 6-4.