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  • Top Seeds: Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev
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CINCINNATI, USA – With last year’s champion and finalist absent it is another battle of the generations with Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer going head to head to reclaim the World No. 1 spot




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The Top Seeds

[1] Rafael Nadal

Nadal’s first chance to reclaim the World No. 1 spot from Andy Murray met with some surprise resistance as Canada was able to rejoice in the success of Denis Shapovalov, who came from a set down to stun the Spaniard.

It is not an easy draw for him, with Gilles Muller, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and potentially Dominic Thiem in his way before he gets to the final. Nadal, who won the title in Cincinnati in 2013 has not had the best of luck since then with straight third round exits, and with Muller’s own resurgence this year, the path to No. 1 will be hard earned.


[2] Roger Federer

Roger Federer, ATP Montreal Coupe Rogers 2017

Photo by ddp USA/REX/Shutterstock | Roger Federer

Things certainly did not go his own way on Montreal, dropping a set to David Ferrer, but that was his only wrinkle as he has eased into the semi-finals. Should Federer win the Coupe Rogers, he will have a shot to take the World No. 1 spot with an equal or better finish than Nadal in Cincinnati.

It has been a couple of years since he has been at the tournament, beating Novak Djokovic in 2015 to deny the Serbian the one Masters he is missing from his collection. Federer is a seven time champion here, and in the form he has displayed so far since winning Wimbledon in the summer, he could wrap up both prizes, come finals day.


[3] Dominic Thiem

Charles Baus/CSM/REX/Shutterstock | Dominic Thiem

It is fair to say it is taking Thiem a little time to get going. Early exits and no back to back wins since Wimbledon, he is not making many huge strides to challenge the ‘old guys’ for the mantle of the new generation.

He had a solid run on his third attempt at Cincinnati, reaching the quarter-finals in 2016, and would probably welcome his first set of back to back wins since the clay and the grass.


[4] Alexander Zverev

Photo by PETE MAROVICH/EPA/REX/Shutterstock | Alexander Zverev

The same cannot be said for Zverev. As he round out the same top seed list as in Montreal, he has underlined his earlier first Masters tournament in Rome with starting the US Open Series with a win in Washington.

That being said, the young German has already experienced a few ups and downs with his successes this year. After beating Djokovic in Rome, he crashed out of the French Open in the first round.

The Western & Southern Open takes place between 14-21 August.



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