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Federer Cruises, Tsitsipas Falls in Cincinnati Masters

Federer Cruises, Tsitsipas Falls in Cincinnati MastersFederer Cruises, Tsitsipas Falls in Cincinnati Masters

Roger Federer cruised to a 6-4 6-4 win over Peter Gojowczyk in his first appearance since losing in the Wimbledon quarterfinals while rising Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas crashed out of the first round at the Cincinnati Masters, an annual outdoor hardcourt tennis event in Ohio, on Tuesday.

World number two Federer, the top player in the men’s draw following Rafa Nadal’s withdrawal due to fatigue, looked fresh as he overwhelmed Gojowczyk with pinpoint serving and speedy defense, Reuters reported.

World number 47 Gojowczyk failed to convert any of his five break points on the fast Ohio hardcourts, easing the pressure on the 20-times grand slam champion.

Federer, playing in his first match since turning 37 earlier this month, said taking the fight to his opponent was a key to his continued success.

Federer will look to continue toward a record eighth title at the Ohio event when he faces Argentine Leonardo Mayer in the third round on Thursday.

The 20-year-old Tsitsipas was unable to build on his magical Toronto run as the Greek upstart fell 7-5 6-3 to Belgian David Goffin.

Tsitsipas, who strung together four wins over top-10 players in Toronto before falling to Nadal in Sunday’s final, converted just one of eight break points.

Goffin avenged a quarterfinal loss to world number 15 Tsitsipas in Washington two weeks ago and will next face Frenchman Benoit Paire.

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