Haase stuns Zverev in Cincinnati, Djokovic advances

Alexander Zverev suffers defeat to Robin Haase at Cincinnati Masters

Garbine Muguruza: Spanish defending champion beaten by Lesia Tsurenko in Cincinnati

"I think it adds more to the motivation rather than pressure", Djokovic said of being the first to win all nine Masters.

Djokovic has reached the finals at Cincinnati five times and dropped all five matches, three to Roger Federer and two to Andy Murray.

"I wasn't feeling great for a set and a half, I had some stomach issues", Djokovic said in his on-court interview afterwards. "Obviously I didn't have a lot of practices to try to recover, so I had to manage a little bit".

'But, you know, I need to definitely play better than I have in the first couple matches.

There was one notable upset in the men's bracket before the rain arrived.

There was a major shock in Cincinnati, where Alexander Zverev went down 5-7 6-4 7-5 to Robin Haase.

The world No. 10, who missed the latter part of the 2017 season with an elbow injury that required surgery but captured his 13th Grand Slam title last month at Wimbledon, will next take on either fifth-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov or Germany's Mischa Zverev. He won his first Masters title at the Western & Southern a year ago without dropping a set.

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Defending tournament champion Garbine Muguruza had a third-set meltdown and lost to Lesia Tsurenko 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 after a critical double fault.

After being given medication at the change of ends, Djokovic looked more like himself in the humidity as he took the second set and then won five consecutive games at the start of the decider. Nothing could separate them in the mid-range and longer points but Novak had the upper hand in the shortest rallies up to four strokes, finding his range after a poor opening set and celebrating a win despite taking a medical timeout and some pills.

Halep returned and ran off four straight games against the 58th-ranked Tomljanovic before a storm moved in.

And when Djokovic got back to business he lost only one game to claim the final two sets 6-2, 6-1.

Australian 16th seed Ash Barty beat Estonian Kaia Kanepi 7-5, 6-3, while Gstaad champion Alize Cornet was crushed 6-2, 6-0 by Ekaterina Makarova.

A trainer applied a bandage to the third-seeded Stephens' right thumb between the third and fourth games of the second set.

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