|Posted on August 14, 2009 at 6:14 PM|
Western & Southern Financial Group Masters
Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
August 16 - 23, 2009
Prize Money: US $3,000,000
Defending Champion: Andy Murray
The draw for the Cincinnati Masters has been performed on Friday, August 14, 2009 at 4:30 p.m.andTomas who is not seeded in the tournament, has been linked to the Seed #10 Fernando Gonzalez ofChile in the first round. Berdych and Gonzalez also squared off in the Cincinnati first round last year.
(cut: Florent Serra - 52)
1. Roger Federer
2. Rafael Nadal
3. Andy Murray
4. Novak Djokovic
5. Andy Roddick
OUT 6. Juan Martin del Potro (exhaustion following Montreal final l. to Andy Murray)
7. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
8. Nikolay Davydenko
9. Gilles Simon
10. Fernando Gonzalez
11. Fernando Verdasco
12. Robin Soderling
13. Gael Monfils
14. Martin Cilic
15. Tommy Robredo
16. Radek Stepanek
(1)Roger Federer (SUI) bye
Jose Acasuso (ARG) vs (q)Lukasz Kubot (POL)
David Ferrer (ESP) vs Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)
(14)Martin Cilic (CRO) vs Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP)
(12)Robin Soderling (SWE) vs Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)
Benjamin Becker (GER) vs Martin Vassallo-Arguello (ARG)
Samuel Querrey (USA) vs (q)Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE)
(5)Andy Roddick (USA) bye
(3)Andy Murray (GBR) bye
Nicolas Almagro (ESP) vs Dudi Sela (ISR)
(WC)Marat Safin (RUS) vs (WC)Robby Ginepri (USA)
(16)Radek Stepanek (CZE) vs Viktor Troicki (SRB)
(11)Fernando Verdasco (ESP) vs Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
Victor Hanescu (ROU) vs (q)Mikhail Youzhny (RUS)
Feliciano Lopez (ESP) vs Jurgen Melzer (AUT)
(LL)Julien Benneteau (FRA) bye [Benneteau replaces Juan Martin del Potro]
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) bye
James Blake (USA) vs Igor Kunitsyn (RUS)
Igor Andreev (RUS) vs Nicolas Kiefer (GER)
(9)Gilles Simon (FRA) vs (WC)Wayne Odesnik (USA)
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) vs (15)Tommy Robredo (ESP)
Tommy Haas (GER) vs (WC)John Isner (USA)
(q)Ivan Ljubicic (CRO) vs Florent Serra (FRA)
(4)Novak Djokovic (SRB) bye
(7)Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) bye
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) vs (q)Chris Guccione (AUS)
Philipp Petzschner (GER) vs (q)Simone Bolelli (ITA)
(10)Fernando Gonzalez (CHI) vs Tomas Berdych (CZE)
Ivo Karlovic (CRO) vs (13)Gael Monfils (FRA)
Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) vs Michael Zverev (GER)
Andreas Seppi (ITA) vs (q)Jan Hernych (CZE)
(2)Rafael Nadal (ESP) bye
Cincinnati Draw Features 19 of Top 20 Stars
The action heats up at the seventh ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament of the season at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati, as 19 of the Top 20 players in the South African Airways 2009 ATP Rankings will be on hand.
For the second week in a row every player in the Top 10 is competing at the tournament, led by ATP World Tour No. 1 and 2005, 2007 champion Roger Federer, whose 21-match winning streak came to an end in the quarter-finals in Montreal. ATP World Tour No. 2 Rafael Nadal, who turned in a semi-final showing last year, is back for the second straight week since knee problems sidelined him after Roland Garros. Defending champion Andy Murray, who beat Novak Djokovic in last year's final, has a 9-3 lifetime in Cincinnati and he has the best winning percentage on hard courts this year.
Federer is the top seed in Cincinnati for a tournament record sixth time and he takes on the winner of Jose Acasuso and a qualifier. The first seed he could meet is No. 14 Marin Cilic in the third round (Federer leads 1-0) and other dangerous floaters include David Ferrer, countryman Stanislas Wawrinka and former No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero. In the quarter-finals, Federer could face No. 5 Andy Roddick (Federer leads 19-2), who has the most match wins (25) among active players in Cincinnati, or No. 12 Robin Soderling, who has been bothered by a right elbow injury the past two weeks. Soderling has a tough first round encounter with former two-time ATP World Tour Champion Lleyton Hewitt, who leads 2-0.
In the second quarter of the draw, defending champion Murray plays the winner of Nicolas Almagro-Dudi Sela in his opening round. Murray could meet No. 16 Radek Stepanek in the third round (Murray leads 2-0). In the quarter-finals, Roddick's possible seeded opponents are No. 6 Juan Martin del Potro (Murray leads 3-1) and No. 11 Fernando Verdasco (Murray leads 6-2). Del Potro takes on the winner of left-handers Feliciano Lopez and Jurgen Melzer. Verdasco plays countryman Guillermo Garcia-Lopez.
In the bottom quarter, last year's finalist Djokovic plays Frenchman Florent Serra or a qualifier. His possible third round opponents include No. 15 Tommy Robredo (Djokovic leads 5-1), wild card John Isner or Tommy Haas. In the quarter-finals, Djokovic could face No. 8 Nikolay Davydenko (Djokovic leads 2-1) or No. 9 Gilles Simon (Djokovic leads 2-1). James Blake, who reached the final two years ago, makes his return to the ATP World Tour after a foot injury. The American plays Russian Igor Andreev with the winner to meet Davydenko.
In the final section, Nadal meets Andreas Seppi or a qualifier and he could take on No. 13 Gael Monfils in the third round (Nadal leads 4-1) Monfils battles last year's semi-finalist and big-serving Ivo Karlovic in the first round (tied 1-1). In the quarter-finals Nadal could play No. 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Nadal leads 3-1) or No. 10 Fernando Gonzalez (Nadal leads 6-3), who meets Tomas Berdych (Gonzalez leads 3-2).
Other Top 10 title contenders include No. 6 Juan Martin del Potro, who last summer won back-to-back hard court titles in Los Angeles and Washington; No. 7 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a two-time winner on the ATP World Tour this season; No. 8 Nikolay Davydenko, who enters with a 10-match winning streak; No. 9 Gilles Simon, a semi-finalist last year; and No. 10 Fernando Verdasco, who is 15-4 on hard courts in 2009.
Unseeded Marat Safin, who captured the title in Toronto in 2000, is the other former champion in the draw. The 29-year-old Russian, who says he will be retiring at the end of the season, owns an 11-6 mark in Canada.
The last time a player ranked outside the Top 10 won the Rogers Cup was in 2002 when No. 19-ranked Guillermo Canas came in unseeded and beat four Top 10 opponents en route to the title.
Tomas Berdych in Cincinnati '05-'06-'07-'08