The hot-handed Roger Federer and his nemesis Rafael Nadal headline next week’s ATP stop in Cincinnati, the final big event before the US Open.
Here’s a look at the field:
WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN
CINCINNATI, Ohio, USA; surface: hard
Seeds: Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, David Goffin, Tomas Berdych, Pablo Carreno Busta, Roberto Bautista Agut, Jack Sock, John Isner, Sam Querrey, Gilles Muller
Floaters: Nick Kyrgios, Fabio Fognini, Daniil Medvedev, Gael Monfils, (WC) Jared Donaldson, Juan Martin del Potro
The Top 8 seeds receive opening-round byes…
Interesting starts for (9) Goffin vs. Kyrgios, (3) Thiem vs. the Fognini-Medvedev winner, (12) Bautista Agut vs. (WC) Donaldson, and (10) Berdych vs. Del Potro…
Federer looking at (13) Sock third round and (7) Dimitrov in the quarterfinals…Nadal looking at (16) Muller third round and (8) Tsonga in the quarterfinals…
The star-studded line-up withdrawing from the tournament was Marin Cilic, Pablo Cuevas, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Lucas Pouille, Gilles Simon and Stan Wawrinka…
Wildcards were awarded to Americans Jared Donaldson, Stefan Kozlov, Tommy Paul and Frances Tiafoe…
Both finalists from last year are absent as Cilic beat Murray in the 2016 championship match…
Former champs in the field are the seven-time winner Federer (2015-14,’12,’10-09,’07,’05) and Nadal (2013).
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