Nadal wins it easy, Sania cruise to Quarters in Cincinatti Open

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More than (anybody) else, I know how tough it is. That happens to be the same number as what his ATP ranking will look like next Monday.

A number of the game's top players have been sidelined by injury, with world no. 5, Novak Djokovic, recently announcing he will miss the remainder of the season due to an elbow injury.

Add Marin Cilic with an adductor injury and Milos Raonic withdrawing with a left wrist injury, and seven of the world's top 10 are absent this week.

Spanish star Nadal has a history of injury problems, having missing six Grand Slams in the last 13 years, and the 31-year-old knows it is a hard time for players. "It was just important for me to stay in the game and just put as many returns in as I could in order to get in the rally because as soon as that was happening I felt I had a pretty good chance of winning every point". "I'm very sorry for all of them and I wish all of them a fast and good recovery", he said. "That's the most important thing for me now".

"But at the same time I tell you Roger didn't have a lot of these things during his career".

" The only thing that you can do when these kind of things happen is accept and keep going", said Nadal.

Nadal is among the only two top-10 ranked players now remaining in the draw at the tournament, with the other being Dominic Thiem.

World No. 7 Zverev, who stunned Roger Federer in the Montreal final last week after claiming the title in Washington D.C., was on a 10-match winning streak but faded in the final set against energetic baseliner Tiafoe, who won 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Murray hasn't played since Wimbledon and is no guarantee of turning out for the US Open, while Djokovic, Wawrinka and Nishikori will all miss the final grand slam of the year.

Dimitrov, who beat Lopez in the second round here previous year, almost broke the unseeded Spaniard three times prior to making a strong start in the tiebreak and went on to finish the match with 27 winners. I think I am involved in that group.

With a quick break of the Frenchman in the first set, Nadal held on to his advantage to round out the first set before repeating the task at the start of the second set.

"I'm happy to have the chance to be in that position".

Last year Pliskova beat Kerber in the Cincinnati final, stopping the German from ascending to No.1 with the biggest victory of her career up to then.

In the women's event, world number nine Venus Williams was knocked out in the second round by Australian qualifier Ashleigh Barty.

"I'm going to take a break and have a rest", Williams said.

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