Federer, Djokovic, Serena Headline Cincinnati Tennis: Previews
Western & Southern Open
Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A; Surface: Hard
Men’s Seeds: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych, Juan Martin Del Potro, Janko Tipsarevic, Juan Monaco, John Isner, Mardy Fish, Gilles Simon, Marin Cilic, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Kei Nishikori, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Andy Roddick
Men’s Floaters: Ryan Harrison, Bernard Tomic, (WC) Brian Baker, Felicoano “F-Lo” Lopez, Radek “The Worm” Stepanek, Stan Wawrinka, (WC) James Blake, Marcel Granollers, Marcos Baghdatis, Richard Gasquet, Milos Raonic, David Nalbandian, Tommy Haas, (WC) Lleyton Hewitt, (WC) Sam Querrey, Nikolay Davydenko
Men’s Notes: Novak Djokovic is 0-3 in Cincinnati finals; incredible quality field with tons of dangerous floaters; the Top 8 seeds receive first round byes, and tough openers include (15) Kohlschreiber vs. (WC) Baker, winner to meet the Harrison vs. Tomic victor; (10) Fish vs. F-Lo, (8) Monaco possibly vs. The Worm 2nd rd., (4) Ferrer possibly vs. Wawrinka 2nd rd., (14) Nishikori vs. Granoller, winner to possibly meet (WC) Blake; (11) Simon vs. Baghdatis, winner to meet Raonic vs. Gasquet victor; (6) Del Potro vs. Nalbandian/Haas winner, (9) Isner vs. Viktor Troicki, victor to face (WC) Hewitt vs. Mikhail Youzhny winner; (3) Murray possibly opening vs. (WC) Querrey, and (13) Dolgopolov vs. Davydenko; pretty easy draw through the opening rounds for (2) Djokovic, and same for (1) Federer; Rafael Nadal pulled from the event with the knee injury that also kept him out of Toronto last week; also pulling were Nicolas Almagro (shoulder), Juan Carlos Ferrero (foot), Gael Monfils (knee), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (knee), and Fernando Verdasco (wrist); returning champs in the field are Murray (2011,’08), Federer (2010-09,’07,’05), and Roddick (2006,’03).
Women’s Seeds: Agnieszka Radwanska, Serena Williams, Samantha Stosur, Petra Kvitova, Angelique Kerber, Caroline Wozniacki, Sara Errani, Marion Bartoli, Li Na, Ana Ivanovic, Dominika Cibulkova, Maria Kirilenko, Jelena Jankovic, Francesca Schiavone, Nadia Petrova, Lucie Safarova
Women’s Floaters: draw to be made Sunday evening
Women’s Notes: Wildcards went to Italian Camila Giorgi, and Americans Sloane Stephens and Venus Williams; lot of pulls including Kaia Kanepi (achilles), Svetlana Kuznetsova (knee), Sabine Lisicki (ab sprain), Monica Niculescu (hand), Flavia Pennetta (wrist), Andrea Petkovic (knee), Maria Sharapova (stomach virus), and Vera Zvonareva (illness)
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