Cincinnati Draw: Djokovic Tries To Become A Golden Master, Federer-Murray Quarter?
by Staff | August 9th, 2014, 1:21 am
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Following a shock early exit in Toronto this week, Novak Djokovic now looks ahead to Cincinnati where the World No. 1 will try to make history by claiming the only one of the nine Masters 1000 events he has yet to win.

Djokovic is seeded to meet David Ferrer in the quarters. Also in the Serb’s section are Gilles Simon, Tommy Robredo and Toronto semifinalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who stunned Djokovic just a few days ago.

Djokovic’s semifinal seed is Stan Wawrinka. The Swiss is paired with Grigor Dimitrov in a wide-open quarter that includes Ivo Karlovic, Fernando Verdasco, Richard Gasquet and Marin Cilic who opens against Toronto semifinalist Feliciano Lopez.

The third quarter of the bottom half boasts big-serving Milos Raonic and Tomas Berdych, plus Dominic Thiem, Fabio Fognini, Ernests Gulbis and 2-time Cincinnati runner-up Lleyton Hewitt.

Roger Federer and Andy Murray anchor the final quarter. The 5-time champion Federer will potentially have to deal with Vasek Pospisil, Radek Stepanek, Gael Monfils and Roberto Bautista Agut in his section while Murray, a two-time Cincinnati winner, has Nicolas Mahut and 2013 finalist John Isner who begins against Kevin Anderson.

Unable to play in the main draw were Rafael Nadal, Juan Martin del Potro, Kei Nishikori, Tommy Haas, Nicolas Almagro and Alexandr Dolgopolov.

Among the many names in qualifying include Bernard Tomic, Benoit Paire, Nick Kyrgios and Marinko Matosevic.

Main draw matches start on Sunday. The event is the last chance for players to adjust their US Open seedings.


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42 Comments for Cincinnati Draw: Djokovic Tries To Become A Golden Master, Federer-Murray Quarter?

Hippy Chic Says:

I think Novak will be out to win this,going into the USO it will be a big confidence boost,even if he doesnt i think he should go deep,although i think he would rather win the USO than winning Cincy,although he will most probably be favorite for both….


Gordon Says:

Hippy Chic,

I’m sure Nole will go deep, but if Federer wins Canada he will get a lot of pundits picking him to do well at Cincinnati. His road to the final is easier than Djokovic’s, even though one day this year Murray will defeat a top 10 player. The bye that the top seeds get will also help Fed next week, although it could be tough for Tsonga should he reach the final tomorrow. He does not have a bye in Cincy and will have to play Youzhny probably on Tuesday.

Should be another good one.


Michael Says:

Novak had a brutal draw at Montreal. But at Cincinnati, the only Master series tournament he is yet to win, he has a relatively easy draw. Are things finally falling in place for Novak this time around at Cincinnati to complete the illustrious collection of winning every Master series title that is played on tour ? Only time can tell. But this is the best opportunity for Novak to create that record. I hope he makes use of this opportunity to register his name once more in the record books.


calmdownplease Says:

But it won’t be fair
he gets so many W/O!
He had a W/O to the Miami final this year for gawd sakes!
As did Nadal.


Alexandra Says:

Who on earth came up with this Golden masters name? So idiotic. What makes it golden?

btw. walkovers are mostly bad for the players. They want to keep playing.

Cincy has always been a good place for Fed, even last year when his form overall was not great.


Hippy Chic Says:

Alexandra im not a Novak fan,however when they say Golden Masters i believe they mean completing the set of Masters titles,which has never been done before to the best of my knowledge?its not something even Federer and Nadal have achieved in their careers,so it will be a unique achievement for Nole should he do it?if i was a fan id rather have another USO though as the GS are what the players really want,although he might win both,and he might not win either,who knows,time will tell?


jane Says:

“What makes it golden?” never done before, as hippy says. so clearly not easy.


jane Says:

i know (think?) you’re being facetious cdp, but walk-overs are weird. nole hardly ever gets them – but he’s had 2 this year. the last one he had before these was in 2011. in any case, they can sometimes backfire, as you noted on the other thread.


Hippy Chic Says:

Jane thats what makes the sport and the achievements of Novak,Roger and Rafa so special,as they all have their own different areas in the sport that are unique to them,Roger has too many records to mention(and i wouldnt know where to start reeling them off TBH),Rafa winning a GS for 10 consecutive years,and has won a GS 9 times,not to mention allthe other CC records,and Novak has his records too,they are all great and that is what makes them and what they have achieved so special IMO….


Hippy Chic Says:

I blame Gasquet for Murrays defeat lol,he was playing well and had his momentum disrupted….


Okiegal Says:

I tried to find something on Andy and w/o and could not come up with anything. Rafa has a site that lists every tournament he has entered, who he played, the retirements and walkovers for him and his opponent. Andy may have one too, but could not find it. They all have had them in their careers….don’t understand the argument here. I believe Michael did not mean any ill will toward Andy at all…be just made a comment.

@Michael

I know how you feel about the Andy statement, I have made comments before and opened up a can of worms
unintentional, but I guess that is what keeps the discussion ongoing…….controversy!!


Giles Says:

Golden Masters sounds completely inappropriate. Surely the word “Golden” should be attached to the Olympics. Maybe it should be called “Career Masters”. Anyway when the Bryan Bros. won everything they didn’t call it anything.


calmdownplease Says:

@Jane but of course :)

@okiegal It’s an argument he had made twice, it wasn’t accurate & didn’t even make sense when looked at logically.
And I certainly didn’t overreact to it.
It was a gentle correction (by my standards), that’s all.


Hippy Chic Says:

Michael i respect you as a poster,but you might have gathered i get touchy and rather defensive when the word lucky gets used to describe my favorite(s),you do here on this forum all the time when some posters refer to their favorites as been a genius for winning a match,and others get described as been lucky,or their favorites rivals merely won because their favorites were a)not at their best,or b)unlucky,its like saying from one poster to another,your favorite won and your happy,but really you have no right to be happy,as your favorite didnt really deserve it,its like an astericks IMO,typical comments were Andy winning Wimbledon last year,he was lucky because Novak was spent due to a marathon match with Delpo the day before,Stan was lucky at the AO as Rafa was injured etc,just a couple of examples,but IMO its most unfair to the winner….


calmdownplease Says:

Agreed, but Stan WAS lucky to win the AO.
As Nadal was injured.
But in beating the multiple champion Djokovic to get to the final, I think he can still say he was a deserved winner.
For the record about Wimbledon, Novak had been on court 2hrs less overall than Andy who had also got through a close one with Verdasco over 5 in the QF’s.
Novak was fine for that match (and had said so), as he has been over long 5 setters previously. If anything it was probably the crowd that gave Andy the edge(they both suffered the heat).


Okiegal Says:

@CDP

Yippy Skippy my post garnered a comment!! A gentle correction…..Well and good……but some of the corrections on here aren’t too gentle.

Good match going with the sisters…..V in the lead now


Hippy Chic Says:

Well exactly,tennis is black and white,there are no grey areas,the winner wins and the loser loses,i do think posters dance around BS sometimes,and try to invent certain scenarios to make themselves feel better….


Okiegal Says:

Speaking of the Rafa/Stan AO match…..what has happened to Stan? Does he have an injury? He has bowed out rather early lately.


Okiegal Says:

@Chic 3:06

Spot on…..agree!

Vee serving for match. 2 points away.


calmdownplease Says:

I cant get that match anywhere on cable,and would only watch from time to time anyway.
Jo/Dimitrov is already heating up.
Never liked the sisters playing each other anyway.
Always felt the outcome was arranged beforehand.
Even if it wasn’t, the doubt was always there.
I know controversial.


Hippy Chic Says:

Okiegal thanks,Venus was always the one i liked the best of the two sisters,IMO shes the most likeable and the more talented of the two,but Serena has always been the more successfull of the two,so glad she got the win against her younger sibling,Venus career has been in a decline for a while,which is sad for such a great champion….


Okiegal Says:

Big sis beat #1 little sis for first time since 2009. Hmmm……Not a real mushy gushy hug between them at the end, Serena mum…..


Hippy Chic Says:

Okiegal i always wondered how Stan would fair after winning the AO,and i remember getting clobbered by Tiah.post.com or Ahfi,when all i did was ask a pertinent question….


Okiegal Says:

Now, I’m all set for Grigor and Joe Willy.


Hippy Chic Says:

Serena isnt the player she was,shes 32 now so no spring chicken in tennis terms anymore,if she doesnt win the USO then she will be slamless this year,which will be most unusual for her,so one would have to think she will be starting to reach an inevitable decline….


Okiegal Says:

@Chic…..I remember that incident too. Yes, one simple little comment can bring out the claws, not just from the female gender either!! Lol


calmdownplease Says:

I still think when she is `on` no one can stop her. And she is a far better prospect for more slams now than Fed is, although thats mostly to do with the competition.
Serena has had many weird moments like this past Wimbledon and came right back, I’m not writing her off at all.


Okiegal Says:

@CDP

Do you really think the sisters rig their matches?
They both played their guts out today. I will agree with Pam Shriver, best match I have ever seen them play.


jane Says:

i agree with cdp about that…there is a strange feeling when they play each other. maybe it’s just because they are sisters, i don’t know.


Okiegal Says:

Well, I am confident that there would be some reservations when you were playing your sibling as opposed to someone else. I don’t know if you would be able to have that old killer instinct. Serena wanted that bad today and I just didn’t see anything that would make me believe otherwise. I think Renee Stubbs said that if anyone ever had those thoughts, they would be put to rest today, because they both played hard to win. I have watched them play each other a lot and I never could never see it. I personally think that would be hard to do….always playing to win and then make mistakes on purpose to throw a match?? To throw a match that is exactly what you would be doing. Think it would be detrimental to your game. I have heard the commentators on this issue many times, so nothing new.


Okiegal Says:

@Jane…….My post at 6:02 I meant it as a reply to you…


Wog boy Says:

For those wondering what “Golden Masters” stands for, well, there is offical ATP logo for Golden Masters…

http://www.atpworldtour.com/~/media/42CDC131F16F44C7901A7617151E5716.ashx


Michael Says:

Okiegal @ 1.56 am

Thanks for coming to my support. That comment was just made in a jiffy. I just didn’t sense the implications it would make and realized rather lately that it would hurt fans who adore Andy. So, I offered my apologies for that caustic remark so that things would be put to rest. The problem here is that we need to be very careful in the way we express our views which must be constructive but not critical. I am trying my best to do that, but as a human I fail sometimes and give into gaffes.


Michael Says:

Alison @ 2.21 pm,

Well as I have already explained my predicament to Okiegal, I need to be a shade careful when I express my views. Ofcourse, the term lucky just cannot be explained like God. It means everything and is an abstract concept. So, frequent usage of that word does infuriate some posters for which I have readily apolized. As I have maintained often that the winner deserves respect for what does at court. Even if the opponent is not fit, it is not his problem. But, sometimes in a jiffy, it just rushes into your comment and spoils the whole thing which is also slightly contradictory to your frequent stand on the issue. I have admitted my mistake and I have already apolized. I promise every poster in this Forum including you and Okiegal that it would not get repeated. But as a human, I never know ? Error might just creep in now and then as I am not perfect like the rest !!


Okiegal Says:

@Michael

Yeah, posters can get a little touchy at times…..I also have been there and done that! This is a forum where we can voice our opinions and for sure we are not gonna agree all the time. Don’t worry about it, you have always been a fair poster and your comments are always worth reading!!


Michael Says:

Okiegal,

Thanks once again !! I appreciate your views !!


Okiegal Says:

@Michael

U r welcome…..someone appreciates my views?? I’m gonna faint!! Lol


Hippy Chic Says:

Michael no problem your a great poster,ive said it often enough havent i?there wouldnt be much to talk about if we all agreed on everything now would there?


Hippy Chic Says:

^BTW i often bring up the whole celebrities promoting charities thing,and how irritating it is,just the other day i was called bitter and jealous,simply because i just dont choose to fawn over the issue,but for some reason that seems to be seen as pure sacrilege on this forum,and not to be tolerated^….


Hippy Chic Says:

CDP i wouldnt bet against Serena winning more GS,Federer has it harder as you say because of the competition,but people will start to ask question if she doesnt win the USO,as she will be ending the year slamless,which is most unusual for her,she lost early at the AO to Ivanovic,FO to Murgaruza,Wimbledon to Cornet,very early and to players she usually owns….


Michael Says:

Alison @ 1.47 am,

Thanks. I do not know I deserve it but still when you repeatedly say that I feel happy. I too highly regard you as a Poster. You may be a Nadal fan, but you have been very fair even at the cost of inviting brickbats from Rafa addicts. Ofcourse, if we all agree on everything, then there is no need for a Forum in the first place. The fun in posting is ignited only when we agree to disagree. It is when we try to impress upon our counter Poster with out thoughts and production of data which we hope would end up convincing them. And when they agree with what we say,then you derive that sense of satisfaction.


Heather Says:

I have a sneaking feeling that Murray will do better in Cincy. Don’t want to jinx him – but he was the only player to take a set off Tsonga and showed signs of improvement in Toronto. He also made light work of Kyrgios, so I think he’ll well in here.

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