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Entries in Western and Southern Open (22)


He's Still Dominic Thiem


CINCINNATI – Success hasn’t changed Dominic Thiem.

The 22-year-old Austrian has been a rising star among ATP World Tour tennis players.

He finished 2014 ranked 39th in the world. Last year, he was 20th.

After claiming four titles so far this season, his ranking hit a career high, earning him a place among the coveted top 10.

Along the way defeating Rafael Nadal on clay and Roger Federer on grass, he won the tournaments in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Acapulco, Mexico; Nice, France; and Stuttgart, Germany.

“It’s not different at all. I’m the same person, and I will always be the same person. I won’t change only because I’m top 10,” Thiem said.

“It’s nice. It was a big goal. But still I’m the same person like a couple years ago.” 

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What, Rafa Worry?

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CINCINNATI – You win some. You lose some.

If you’re Rafael Nadal, you win a lot.

And, yes, even he loses.

But that shouldn’t alarm anyone. It definitely does not concern him.

“Everybody have defeats in important matches, no? I don’t understand that like a ‘low moments,’ because the world of tennis and the sport of tennis is a sport that almost every week you lose, even if you are so good,” the Spanish tennis icon said.

“It’s obvious that you have periods of your career that if you are so good, then you lose less, but every week there is only one winner. So you need to accept that every time that you start the tournament. The normal thing is that you going to lose later or soon.”

Dealing with injuries also doesn’t panic Nadal, the winner of 14 Grand Slam singles titles.

Competing at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, the 30-year-old is playing his first ATP World Tour match since May.

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The Heart and Soul of Steve Johnson


CINCINNATI – Even after losing, you still can win. 

During the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, American Steve Johnson lost in a third-set tiebreaker to England’s Andy Murray, the world’s No. 2-ranked player, in the quarterfinals of singles.

Dropping the first set 0-6, Johnson dramatically rebounded and claimed the second set, 6-4. Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion and also the defending Olympic gold medalist, then prevailed in the tiebreaker, 6-7 (2).

Just an hour and a half later, Johnson was back on the tennis court with partner Jack Sock in men's doubles.

“It was emotional. I left a lot of heart and soul out there in the loss to Murray. He played great. To turn around 90 minutes later to come play doubles, if you lose that, you know it’s going to be even more heartbreaking and you leave Rio with nothing, essentially,” he said.

Johnson and Sock, however, defeated Canada’s Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil to win the bronze medal.

“I was in tears after the singles,” Johnson recalled. “It was pure joy after the doubles.”

Johnson said he was proud to represent the United States in the Olympics, as he did during his Davis Cup debut in the World Group playoff against Uzbekistan last September.

“Anything for a team, something greater than yourself,” he beamed.

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Will Nole Wear Golden Masters Crown?


CINCINNATI – Once again, Novak Djokovic is on the edge of history.

He is just one win away from claiming his first pottery vase trophy at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.

It’s a victory that would make him the first to win all nine ATP Masters 1000 titles – the elusive Career Golden Masters.

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She's Just Being Serena


CINCINNATI – Ever had one of those days? Well, “pull a Serena” and turn it around.


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Nadal Working to Win Mind Game


CINCINNATI – Each point. Each match. Each season.

Rafael Nadal is taking tennis one step at a time, focusing on the future rather than the past.

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Roger Federer is Raring To Go


CINCINNATI – A year ago, Roger Federer was tired. He had just played five matches at the Masters 1000 tournament in Canada and wasn’t sure if he was even going to compete in Cincinnati.

Fortunately, he did. He won the title, for an incredible sixth time.

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