The World’s Top 6 ranked tennis players are on court in second round play at the Cincinnati Tennis Masters Wednesday.
Top ranked and top seed Rafael Nadal faces the improving Taylor Dent. No. 2 seed and defending champion Roger Federer looks to build off his Toronto final tonight against Denis Istomin. Federer’s new trial coach Paul Annacone will not be at the event this week.
Novak Djokovic starts the day against tricky countryman Viktor Troicki. Toronto champion Andy Murray meets the big-hitting Frenchman Jeremy Chardy.
Andy Roddick has another date – his third of the year – with Thiemo De Bakker and Nikolay Davydenko gets Robby Ginepri.
With such a loaded schedule I wondered who among the Top 5 would get exiled to Grandstand court, but the tournament chose to cram all five matches on a busy Center Court ticket today.
Also on the outer courts, Fernando Verdasco faces Mardy Fish, Sam Querrey is up against David Ferrer and maybe in the match of the day, John Isner locks up with the red hot David Nalbandian.
“He’s breaking serve at an unreal rate right now,” Isner said. “But I don’t think he’s faced a serve as big as mine. So it’s gonna be interesting. I’d like to think I’m one of the best servers in the game; he’s obviously one of the best returners in the game. So it’s kind of a contrast in styles.”
Robin Soderling is also playing against former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt.
A few upsets I could see are Fish over Verdasco, Querrey over Ferrer and I think De Bakker will trouble “Mono Roddick”. Nalbandian returns to well so I think he’ll take care of Isner. And I like Ernests Gulbis over Jurgen Melzer.
Yesterday, about the only result of interest was James Blake’s 6-3, 6-0 flop to Denis Istomin. It’s really starting to look like this is it for the 30-year-old Blake.
“I haven’t felt prepared for a tournament for a long time thanks to a lot of injuries,” Blake said. “[I] felt like things have been getting better, and then you get setback after setback and it takes its toll.”
Fish also had a good win over Gilles Simon and Nalbandian seems to be back in form after feeding Ivan Ljubicic as bagel in the second.
Matches are again on live Tennis Channel starting at 1pm.
STADIUM start 11:00 am
V Troicki (SRB) vs  N Djokovic (SRB)
Not Before 1:00 PM
 R Nadal (ESP) vs [Q] T Dent (USA)
J Chardy (FRA) vs  A Murray (GBR)
T de Bakker (NED) vs  A Roddick (USA)
Not Before 7:00 PM
 R Federer (SUI) vs [Q] D Istomin (UZB)
 D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) vs F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK)
GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
 D Ferrer (ESP) vs S Querrey (USA)
 F Verdasco (ESP) vs [WC] M Fish (USA)
Not Before 2:00 PM
D Nalbandian (ARG) vs J Isner (USA)
[WC] R Ginepri (USA) vs  N Davydenko (RUS)
Not Before 7:00 PM
 R Soderling (SWE) vs L Hewitt (AUS)
COURT 3 start 11:00 am
M Berrer (GER) vs R Gasquet (FRA)
 J Melzer (AUT) vs E Gulbis (LAT)
Not Before 2:00 PM
R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) vs  M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL)
 J Melzer (AUT) / P Petzschner (GER) vs W Moodie (RSA) / D Norman (BEL)
 M Bhupathi (IND) / M Mirnyi (BLR) vs J Isner (USA) / S Querrey (USA)
COURT 4 start 11:00 am
J Benneteau (FRA) vs S Wawrinka (SUI)
P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs [Q] A Falla (COL)
S Stakhovsky (UKR) / M Youzhny (RUS) vs J Benneteau (FRA) / M Llodra (FRA)
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