Federer, Nadal Lead Top Four in Cincinnati Quarterfinals
The quarter-finals of the Western Southern Financial Group Masters feature the top four players in the South African Airways 2009 ATP Rankings along with No. 9-ranked Gilles Simon and former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt.
This is the first time in four years here five of the Top 10 ranked players are in the quarter-finals. In the first singles match, new World No. 2 and defending champion Andy Murray takes on French lucky loser Julien Benneteau followed by World No. 1 and former two-time Cincinnati champion Roger Federer against Hewitt for the 22nd time (Federer leads 14-7). In the final day session match, No. 4 Novak Djokovic meets No. 9 Simon for the fourth time (Djokovic leads 2-1).
In the evening session, No. 2 seed and World No. 3 Rafael Nadal battles Tomas Berdych. Nadal has won the previous three meetings and is 4-3 lifetime against the Czech Republic native. This is the first time since 2000 two Frenchmen have reached the quarter-finals here. That year, Fabrice Santoro and Arnaud Clement reached the quarters or better.
Federer and Hewitt continue their rivalry which began in 1999. This will be the 10th year in the past 11 (except 2007) they will have met at least once. Federer has 661 match wins, the most among active players on the ATP World Tour, while Hewitt has earned 514 wins, which is third-most, behind Federer and Carlos Moya (573).
Federer has won the past 12 meetings, including a third set tie-break semi-final battle here two years ago. Federer is trying to earn his 200th career match win in an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament (199-60). Andre Agassi is the all-time leader with 209 match wins (since 1990). (ATP)
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