Roger Federer has won more titles at the Western & Southern Open than anyone else with seven. And on Tuesday evening, the Swiss superstar made a good start towards Cincinnati title No. 8 before rain suspended play.
In his first match as a 38-year-old, Federer took a 6-3, 2-2 lead against Argentine Juan Ignacio Londero in just 40 minutes, winning 83 per cent of his service points before a torrential downpour soaked Mason, Ohio. Dryers are currently on the court.
This is Federer’s first match since letting two championship points slip in the Wimbledon final against World No. 1 Novak Djokovic. The third seed is pursuing his 29th ATP Masters 1000 title.
The World No. 3 got off to a flying start against this year’s Cordoba Open champion, breaking to love when the Cincinnati debutant double faulted into the net at 15/40 in his first service game. Federer quickly raced to secure that advantage, holding for 3-0, and he didn’t look back from there in the opener. The father of four struck seven aces and lost just five service points in the first set.
Londero shrugged off his early nerves and held in his five service games since getting broken. And when the players return to the court, the Argentine will serve at 15/15, with Londero seeking his first Top 10 win and Masters 1000 victory.
Federer leads the ATP Tour this season in winning percentage according to the FedEx ATP Performance Zone, emerging victorious in 88.4 per cent of his matches. If the 102-time tour-level titlist makes the semi-finals, he will finish the week with the ATP Tour lead in matches won, passing Rafael Nadal’s 41.
Did You Know?
Federer lost his opening match in Cincinnati in three of his first four appearances at the tournament. But since it last happened in 2004, the Swiss has not dropped his first match here once, making the final in his past three visits.