Federer, Tsitsipas, Kyrgios Begin Cincinnati Campaigns On Tuesday
Shapovalov, Raonic, Sock also play on day three
Seven-time former champion Roger Federer headlines action at the Western & Southern Open on Tuesday, which also includes 2017 Next Gen ATP Finals champion Hyeon Chung, last week’s Rogers Cup finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas and last year’s Cincinnati finalist Nick Kyrgios.
Federer, who turned 37 on 8 August, contests his first match since losing to Kevin Anderson in the Wimbledon semi-finals on 11 July. The Swiss superstar is looking to win his 28th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown and begins his campaign in a first-time meeting against German Peter Gojowczyk during the evening session on Center Court. He has lifted the trophy in 2005, 2007, 2009-10, 2012, 2014-15 and has a 42-8 match record at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.
Federer is currently in third position in the ATP Race To London for a spot at the Nitto ATP Finals, to be held at The O2 in London from 11-18 November. He has a 29-4 record this year, which includes titles at the Australian Open (d Cilic), the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament (d. Dimitrov) and the MercedesCup (d Raonic).
Chung starts off proceedings on Center Court at 11 o’clock local time against American Jack Sock, who is bidding to break a seven-match losing streak that dates back to 2 May at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia (d. Ferrer). The 22-year-old Chung has reached back-to-back Masters 1000 quarter-finals this year at the BNP Paribas Open (l. to Federer) and Miami Open presented by Itau (l. to Isner). He has a 20-9 on hard courts in 2018 (22-11 overall).
NextGenATP Greek Tsitsipas makes his Cincinnati debut against No. 11 seed David Goffin, who has gone 2-4 since reaching the Roland Garros fourth round (l. to Cecchinato). The 20-year-old Tsitsipas, who is currently 11th in the ATP Race To London with a 30-9 record on the season, beat four Top 10 players — Dominic Thiem, Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev and Kevin Anderson — last week before falling to Rafael Nadal in the Toronto final.
Two of the sport’s most exciting talents, Australia’s Nick Kyrgios and Canada’s Denis Shapovalov, are both due to play on Grandstand on Tuesday. Kyrgios, who reached his first Masters 1000 final in Cincinnati last year (l. to Dimitrov), plays American qualifier Denis Kudla, who is coming off a quarter-final at the Citi Open two weeks ago, while Shapovalov faces No. 14 seed Kyle Edmund for the sixth time in the past 18 months. Both of their meetings this year — at the Brisbane International presented by Suncorp and the Mutua Madrid Open — went to three sets.