Halep has top spot in her sights with Cincinnati win

John Isner of the US returns a shot to compatriot Tommy Paul during their Cincinnati Open second round match in Mason Ohio

Bulgaria s 11th-ranked Grigor Dimitrov won his first ATP match in six tries against Argentina s Juan Martin del Potro by 6-3, 7-5.

Muguruza admitted that more than just this match had come together, in her post match press conference: "I felt there was a key game in the second set, the 3-0 game, but I felt - I felt very comfortable there, playing against Simona, and also my level was very high".

Australia's Nick Kyrgios humbled new world number one Rafael Nadal 6-2, 7-5 on Friday, winning twice in one day to reach the WTA and ATP Cincinnati Masters semi-finals. Dimitrov said his shoulder felt heavy as he sensed the moment and served out the match. "I'm thinking about how I'm playing and if I keep doing that maybe that's going to get me to number one". The ranking is close. "I want to find the recipe this year". Neither player had reached a Masters title match until this week.

Wimbledon champion Muguruza from Spain won her third hardcourt title and ran her career total to five trophys. "For me, it's an wonderful achievement".

"I'm just really proud that I managed to scrap out the win". "I battled back and I m glad things went my way". So today was much better.

Halep, who had little to offer as she lost the rout, could have taken the top WTA ranking from Karolina Pliskova had she won the 56-minute match.

Dominic Thiem of Austria takes questions from the media during the Cincinnati Open tournament at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason Ohio

Halep brought a lot of momentum into the final. The title would move her to 6,700 points.

MASON, Ohio - Simona Halep moved within a victory of the No. 1 ranking.

Pliskova was denied on three break points in the second set's opening game, the only ones she faced in the match, and Muguruza broke to 4-2 with another backhand victor. Halep has yet to lose a set in Cincinnati all week. "I have the desire", Halep said. "It is either lucky or just an experience again".

Just a few months ago, few could have imagined that Muguruza would relish big-match tension, but her confidence is soaring. Obviously, a tough schedule for me the last two days - three matches in about not even 24 hours.

"Maybe tomorrow (Sunday) is my turn". I played three tournaments in a row. She is now placed only 53 points ahead of Halep to maintain the top spot.

The final in Cincinnati very soon turned into utter defeat. After an injury-affected start to the year due to a knee injury, Halep has been strong on the summer hard-courts, compiling a 9-2 record over three events in Washington D.C., Toronto, and now Cincinnati. "I wanted to be more aggressive and take my shots". "I'm pretty confident after that win".



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