WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN
Djokovic Looks To Make History In Cincinnati
by ATP Staff|
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic could carve himself another slice of history at the Western & Southern Open next week as he looks to complete the Career Golden Masters in Cincinnati.
The 27-year-old Serb is looking to become the first singles player in history (since 1990) to win all nine ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles. He has already won the Indian Wells (d. Federer), Miami (d. Nadal) and Rome (d. Nadal) Masters 1000 crowns this season.
Djokovic, a four-time runner-up in Cincinnati, will open his bid against either Gilles Simon or a qualifier. The Belgrade native is seeded to meet No. 16 Tommy Robredo in the third round, though the Spaniard faces a tough opener in American wild card Jack Sock.
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Sixth seed David Ferrer and No. 12 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – who defeated Djokovic for the loss of just four games in Toronto this week – are both potential quarter-final opponents for the Serb.
Third seed Stan Wawrinka and No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov headline the top half of the draw with Djokovic. Wawrinka, who won his first Masters 1000 title in Monte-Carlo (d. Federer), could face Ivo Karlovic in the second round and potentially Marin Cilic or Feliciano Lopez in the third round.
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The 23-year-old Dimitrov, who is through to the semi-finals in Toronto, is set to meet either Jerzy Janowicz or a qualifier in the second round, with the prospect of 10th seed Richard Gasquet in the third round.
Five-time former champion Roger Federer is chasing a 22nd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy in Cincinnati, but faces a tricky opener against either Radek Stepanek or recent Washington runner-up Vasek Pospisil.
The Swiss is projected to meet eighth seed Andy Murray in the quarter-finals. However, the Scot will need to come through a section of the draw that features home favourite and 2013 runner-up John Isner and Kevin Anderson, who was edged out in the Toronto quarter-finals Friday by Dimitrov. Murray is also a former Cincinnati champion, lifting the trophy in 2008 and 2011, beating Djokovic on both occasions.
Tomas Berdych rounds out the top four seeds and faces Yen-Hsun Lu or Denis Istomin following a first-round bye. For a quarter-final spot, the Czech could meet 15th seed Fabio Fognini or two-time Cincinnati finalist Lleyton Hewitt.
Seeded to meet Berdych in the last eight is Milos Raonic. The Canadian could face young gun Dominic Thiem in the second round and is anticipated to meet ninth seed Ernests Gulbis in the third round.
Main draw play begins in Cincinnati on Sunday, 11 August.
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