Being coached by Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal: Grigor Dimitrov takes call

Federer anxious ahead of Cincinnati comeback

A victor at the ATP Masters 1000 event in OH as recently as 2015, Federer was playing for the first time since turning 37 last week. Williams opened with a straight-set victory against Daria Gavrilova.

Murray had his best result since missing 11 months following hip surgery when he reached the quarterfinals in Washington two weeks ago.

It was too late to avoid losing the first set, though, with time left for a fifth Murray double fault, but there was a shift in momentum in the second.

Williams withdrew from the Rogers Cup following that loss, citing "personal reasons", and last week shared an Instagram post revealing her difficulty with postpartum emotions.

"I realised after Wimbledon that this is a journey for me", the 36-year-old Serena said. "I'm having a great time and I'm very happy to be back".

Nadal, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray haven't played in the same tournament in more than a year.

Third seed Alexander Zverev will meet Robin Haas in the second round, while Milos Raonic advanced to face Tunisian lucky loser Malek Jaziri.

"It was a tough round for me because I've never beaten her, never even taken a set", said Pliskova. "So for the players as well and to attract more people, more viewers of a younger audience, I think we have to keep tennis matches dynamic, shorter and no shot clock".

Looking sharper and relaxed, Williams came out with a point to prove, the big-hitting veteran converting a break point at the third time of asking for an early 2-0 lead.

Dimitrov also went deeper praising Nadal: 'I love spending time with this guy.

"I'm still at the very beginning".

Murray was playing only his fourth tournament after missing almost a year out with a hip injury.

Weekend Toronto finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas exhausted late in a 7-5, 6-3 loss to Belgian 11th seed David Goffin.

'In Masters 1000 we have more opportunities to have five-set matches, definitely at the World Finals.

The Australian Open semi-finalist Hyeon Chung won the last five games to beat Jack Sock 2-6, 6-1, 6-2. Ekaterina Makarova cruised past qualifier Ana Bogdan 6-3, 6-2.

On the men's side, Kei Nishikori beat Andrey Rublev 7-5, 6-3; 13th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta knocked off Richard Gasquet 6-3, 2-6, 6-3; and Peter Gojowczyk downed Joao Sousa 2-6, 6-4, 7-5.

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