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Federer anxious ahead of Cincinnati comeback

"It doesn't feel like I have been away for so long here from Cincinnati", Federer said. Federer did express regret that Rafael Nadal, the Toronto champion, had to withdraw from Cincinnati in order to ease the strain on his body after a solid, if demanding, week of success.

Of the three left, Murray has the most to gain in Cincinnati. Murray had his best result since missing 11 months following hip surgery when he reached the quarterfinals in Washington two weeks ago.

Murray will play Lucas Pouille in the opening round on Monday afternoon.

Grigor Dmitrov, the defending champion who is seeded fifth, was not entirely upset about Nadal's absence.

And after losing the first set to two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova, Williams showed similar form as she levelled the match.

The 13-time major victor has won every Masters tournament except for the Cincinnati event.

Australian Open semi-finalist Chung, who in April became the first South Korean to crack the top 20, won 70 percent of his first-serve points en route to the win.

Novak Djokovic bounced back from last week's shock defeat by beating Steve Johnson at the Cincinnati Masters. He's reached the finals five times and lost every time, acknowledging that the pressure has played a part.


Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam victor and a former champion in Cincinnati, needed just 65 minutes to dispatch Gavrilova.

The second-round loss comes on the back of her heaviest career defeat, a 6-1 6-0 loss to Britain's Johanna Konta in the Silicon Valley Classic first round. She has dealt with blood clots and recently said she has been struggling with postpartum emotions.

"Not only was I accepting some tough personal stuff, but I just was in a funk", Williams said in an Instagram post.

Top-ranked Simona Halep is fresh off another title.

France's Mladenovic had earlier defeated qualifier Viktoria Kuzmova 6-3 6-0, while her sixth seeded compatriot Caroline Garcia defeated fellow power hitter Victoria Azarenka 6-4 7-5 to advance to the third round.

Up next for Kvitova is either No.15 seed Elise Mertens or US Open champion Sloane Stephens for a spot in the semifinals.

The momentum swung once again in the decider, Kvitova breaking straight back after giving up her serve in the opening game, the 28-year-old rediscovering the movement and aggression that served her so well in the opener.

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