The Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati, Ohio, is the last big lead-up tournament before the U.S. Open and our champ is supposed to play there.
According to BBC, two-time Olympic champion Andy Murray has booked a private jet to Cincinnati and will be sharing it with Rafael Nadal, who also claimed his second gold medal as he partnered Marc Lopez to victory in the men’s doubles in Rio.
Rafa is the No. 3 seed behind Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka. Following a first round bye, he opens up against Pablo Cuevas or Sam Querrey in the second round, with possible matchups against No. 14 seed Nick Kyrgios in the third round and No. 6 seed Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals.
Seven-time champion Roger Federer and five-time finalist Novak Djokovic will be missing from Cincinnati due to injuries.
Potential Quarterfinal Matchups:
- Andy Murray vs Kei Nishikori
- Milos Raonic vs Dominic Thiem
- Tomas Berdych vs Rafael Nadal
- Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs Stan Wawrinka
Rafa’s potential route to the final:
- 1st round: Bye
- 2nd round: Pablo Cuevas or Sam Querrey
- 3rd round: Nick Kyrgios
- Quarter-final: Tomas Berdych
- Semi-final: Stan Wawrinka
- Final: Andy Murray
After so many hours spent on the court in Rio and still feeling pain in his wrist, the big question is how much will Rafa have left in the tank?