Sunday, August 16, 2009

Cincinnati Masters Draw Breakdown

I tried to divert my attention from Montreal just long enough to check out the Cincinnati draw and here’s what I found out:

The Federer quarter

* Roger Federer and Andy Roddick could meet in the quarters.
* We could have another all Swiss third round (just like Montreal) if Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka get past their second round opponents.
* Hot first round match alert: David Ferrer vs Stanislas Wawrinka

The Murray quarter

* Defending champion, Andy Murray, and Federer could meet in the semis.
* Marat Safin has a rematch of the Indianapolis first round against Robby Ginepri, which the Russian had won.
* If Safin makes it to the third round, he could face Murray.
* Murray’s potential quarterfinal opponent is none other than his Montreal final opponent, Juan Martin Del Potro.
* Del Potro has a looming Fernando Verdasco encounter in the third round.

The Djokovic quarter

* Last year's Cincy finalist, Novak Djokovic, is drawn to face Nikolay Davydenko in the quarters and Rafael Nadal in the semis.
* This quarter also includes Tommy Haas, Gilles Simon, James Blake and IgorAndreev.
* Djokovic has a possible third round matchup against Haas, who has beaten the Serb the last 2 times (Halle and Wimbledon).

The Nadal quarter

* Nadal is drawn to face Montreal semifinalist, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarters.
* Last year's semifinalist, Nadal, could face Ivo Karlovic in the third round.
* Other tough opponents in that quarter include Tomas Berdych, Gael Monfils and Fernando Gonzalez.
* Hot first round match alert: Tomas Berdych vs Fernando Gonzalez.

UPDATE: Juan Martin Del Potro has withdrawn from the event after picking up an injury during his final last Sunday against Andy Murray, and has been replaced in the draw by Julien Benneteau.

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