WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN
Djokovic Chases Career Golden Masters in Cincinnati; Nadal Eyes Federer
by Paul Macpherson|
Novak Djokovic’s drive towards the Career Golden Masters at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati will be the focus of next week’s ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament. Another compelling storyline, which emerged at Friday’s draw, is the potential quarter-final showdown between rivals Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
Djokovic is looking to become the first singles player in history (since 1990) to win all nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles.
Djokovic, who has finished runner-up four of the past five years in Cincinnati, said, "It would mean a lot to me. Making history in this sport is a huge privilege, just having the opportunity to do that. I will go for it. Of course, it's an extra motivation. I played four finals there. Always played well, but never managed to make that final step. Hopefully this is the year."
The top-seeded Serb will open his Cincinnati campaign against either Juan Monaco or Jurgen Melzer. He is seeded to meet Gilles Simon in the third round, Richard Gasquet in the quarter-finals and David Ferrer in the semi-finals.
At the draw ceremony the ATP announced the Career Golden Masters nomenclature. This is the first time since the ATP World Tour’s series of nine premier tournaments was created in 1990 that a player has had the opportunity to complete the set. Djokovic won his eighth different Masters 1000 title in Shanghai last year. He has 14 Masters 1000 titles in all, having won most recently in Monte-Carlo, where he denied Rafael Nadal a ninth consecutive title.
Fourth-seeded Nadal will open against a qualifier and is then seeded to meet Nicolas Almagro in the third round and Federer in the quarter-finals.
Defending champion Federer has won three of the past four titles and five Cincinnati crowns in all. He will open against Philipp Kohlschreiber or Mardy Fish, who participated in Friday’s draw ceremony. The Swiss is seeded to meet Tommy Haas in the third round.
Nadal owns a record 24 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles after adding three this year in Indian Wells, Madrid and Rome. On Saturday he will play Djokovic in the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup. Federer has not added to his Masters 1000 tally since winning his 21st last year in Cincinnati.
Canada’s Daniel Nestor has won 10 different ATP World Tour Masters 1000 doubles titles (including Hamburg, which is now a 500). Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan have won nine different Masters 1000 doubles titles, including Hamburg. Of the current nine, they are missing only Shanghai.
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