Two-time runner-up Lleyton Hewitt led fellow Aussie Chris Guccione to win Tuesday at the Cincinnati Masters with his upset of Swedish 12th seed Robin Soderling 3-6, 7-6 (10-8), 6-4.
Qualifier Guccione knocked off German Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-5, 2-6, 6-3, hammering 19 aces in his 90-minute win. The US player went down in a marathon lasting more than two and a half hours to Russian Igor Kunitsyn, 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (5-7), 6-4. Blake last won a match in mid-June on grass.
Clijsters advances, Williams hits exit
Third seed Venus Williams's return to Canada ended in a shock 1-6, 7-5, 6-4 second-round defeat by Ukrainian qualifier Kateryna Bondarenko at the Toronto Cup on Tuesday.
Kim Clijsters' return beat British Elena Baltacha 6-3, 6-4 . In other first-round action, 11th-seeded Serb Ana Ivanovic needed three sets to beat Slovakian qualifier Magdalena Rybarikova 2-6, 6-3, 6-2.
Federer plays down Murray’s chances
Roger Federer played down Andy Murray's elevation to the world number two ranking on Monday, saying the Scot would merely be one of many contenders for his U.S. Open title next month. “If you look at the draw (in Montreal), so many guys are very equal, I think, right now,” Federer said.