By Britwatch Team

  • Top Seeds: Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev, Juan Martin Del Potro
  • Defending champion: Grigor Dimitrov
  • British interest; Kyle Edmund [14], Andy Murray [WC], Cameron Norrie [Qualifying]
  • CLICK our featured players for stats from TennisAbstract
CINCINNATI, USA – Last year’s defending champion Grigor Dimitrov comes into the hard court season after a very lacklustre grass court season, with some stiff competition as the Big Four come together for the first time since Wimbledon 2017.

 

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Western & Southern Open Cincinnati Draw & Results

Tournament Website
Order of Play
Singles
Doubles
Qualifying

 

 

The Top Seeds

[2] Roger Federer

Skipping Toronto, it has been an extended break for the World No. 2 as he bids for an eighth title in the run up to the US Open. This is usually the last stop off, certainly for the top ranked players, so it does leave Federer a little cold as he heads into the end of the US Open series.

On paper it looks like a good draw, although Dominic Thiem has a leading head to head (albeit no wins on hard courts), and although he has a dominating record against Juan Martin Del Potro, the Argentine did pip Federer to the post in the Indian Wells final earlier this year.

Federer’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Peter Gojowczyk
  • R3: Lucas Pouille [16]
  • QF: Dominic Thiem [8]
  • SF: Juan Martin Del Potro [4]
  • F: Rafael Nadal

 

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[3] Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev in the first round of Roland Garros, 2018

Alexander Zverev in the first round of Roland Garros, 2018 | (Photo by XIN LI/Getty Images)

The start of the hard-court summer swing was great for Zverev as he successfully defending his Washington crown, but the flashy game of Stefanos Tsitsipas halted his Toronto defence. Cincinnati has been a puzzling place for Zverev who has yet to make it past an opening round.

On paper he ought to make it a few rounds this time around and ought to be good to at least the quarter-final.

Zverev’s Path to the final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Filip Krajinovic
  • R3: Pablo Carreno Busta [13]
  • QF: Marin Cilic [7]
  • SF: Rafael Nadal [1]
  • F: Roger Federer [2]

 

[4] Juan Martin Del Potro

Juan Martin Del Potro in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open, ATP Indian Wells 2018

Juan Martin Del Potro in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open, ATP Indian Wells 2018 | (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Having had to withdraw from the Toronto tournament with wrist pain, it will be to the relief of many if he is able to take to the court for the last Masters before the US Open. A former champion in New York, we have seen flashes of brilliance as he made the semi-finals in Roland Garros and the quarter-finals in Wimbledon, and there ought to be no reason why he could not challenge at the Slams.

Del Potro’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Jack Sock
  • R3: Nick Kyrgios [15]
  • QF: Kevin Anderson [6]
  • SF: Roger Federer [2]
  • F: Rafael Nadal [1]
The Western & Southern Open takes place between 13-19 August (BST -5 hours)

 

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