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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