Western & Southern Open 2023: Results & updates
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Follow the latest results and updates from the British tennis stars in action at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati from 13-20 August.
- Jamie Murray & Michael Venus defeated in the final by Maximo Gonzalez and Andres Molteni
- Men's draw
- Women's draw
- Live scores
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Day seven: Murray and Venus lose nail-biting final
Jamie Murray and Michael Venus narrowly lost out in the final of the Western & Southern Open to Argentinian duo Maximo Gonzalez and Andres Molteni 3-6, 6-1, 11-9.
Contesting in their first ATP Masters 1000 final together, Murray and Venus stormed to an opening set lead but were broken twice at the back end of the second to force the match tie-break.
The British, New Zealand partnership had match point at 9-8 in the tie-break, but failed to capitalise with the Argentinians claiming the next three points on the spin to close out the win.
Murray has now moved up to world No.24 ahead of the US Open.
Jamie Murray and Michael Venus continue to ride the crest of a wave in Cincinnati after booking a place in their first Masters semi-final since their run at the Mutua Madrid Open last season.
Murray and Venus overcame the Italian duo, Lorenzo Musetti and Lorenzo Sonego, 7-6(5), 7-6(7) in what was their first head-to-head.
In the opening set both pairs won over 70% of points on first serve, but Musetti and Sonego showed signs of weakness on their second, allowing the British/New Zealand duo to erase their early 4-2 deficit before going on to win their third tiebreak in two days.
In the deciding set, it was Murray and Venus who were first on the attack as they stepped out in front at 2-1, but an immediate response from the two Italians paved the way for a second tiebreak. Despite Musetti and Sonego successfully chasing down set point, Murray and Venus kept their composure to seal the victory.
Only sixth seeds Santiago Gonzalez and Edouard Roger-Vasselin now stand between Murray and his first Masters final since 2020 with his then partner, Neal Skupski.
In staving off any immediate signs of danger, Murray and Venus saved break point to stay in the set early doors, pushing his fellow countryman and partner to a tiebreak before sealing the advantage with a double mini-break lead.
Skupski and Koolhof continued to knock on the door in the penultimate set, forging four break points which were all successfully saved by Murray and Venus.
Despite earning three match points on the return at 6-5, Murray and Venus were unable to capitalise on the opening, buoying the British/Dutch duo to level the scoreboard after winning the tiebreak 7-3.
However, it was Murray and Venus who ultimately prevailed after winning seven consecutive points in the match tiebreak to seal the win.
Despite winning the opening set, Norrie was defeated by former world No.6 Gael Monfils 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 in a tough battle in Cincinnati.
The British No.1 took a break in the first game of the final set, but couldn't back it up as the Frenchman won the next four consecutive games, including two breaks of his own to eventually wrap up the win in two hours and four minutes.
Meanwhile, Evans lost out to world No.18 Lorenzo Musetti 6-4, 6-3 in an hour and 27 minutes.
The Citi Open champion found himself on the back foot fom the opening game as the Italian took the early break. The British No.2 had chances in the match but failed to convert on four of five break point opportunities of his own as Musetti proved the more clinical of the pair.
Jamie Murray was the only British winner on day three as he and Michael Venus combined to beat 23-time singles Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic and Nikola Cacic 6-4, 6-2 to reach the second round.
In their next match, they will meet top seeds and Wimbledon champions Neal Skupski and Wesley Koolhof.
Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara will return to finish their first round match on Wednesday, currently trailing Max Purcell and Andrey Rublev 7-6(10), 2-1.
Rain delays on the second day at the Western & Southern Open meant that the British stars will have to wait until Tuesday to get their campaign underway
However, Andy Murray has been forced to withdraw from his match with 11th seed Karen Khachanov, with the same abdominal injury that he suffered at the National Bank Open last week.
Britain's Dan Evans and Germany's Andreas Mies lost to Robin Haase and Karen Khachanov6-4, 1-6, 10-7 in the opening round of the men's doubles of the Western & Southern Open late on Sunday night.
Evans and Mies looked to have the upper-hand after clinching five games in a row to seal the second set, but one mini-break at the back end of the match tie-break eventually proved the difference between the sides.