Cincinnati Draw: Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer, who will win the battle for No. 1?

The main draw for the 2017 Cincinnati Masters (Western & Southern Open) was performed today.

Rafael Nadal, the No. 1 seed and current world No. 2, was the tournament winner in Cincinnati in 2013.

Following the first round bye, Rafa will open up against Richard Gasquet or a qualifier in the second round, with possible matchups against No. 16 seed Gilles Muller in the third round and No. 8 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals.

Rafa’s potential route to the final:

  • First round: Bye
  • Second round: Richard Gasquet
  • Third round: Gilles Muller
  • Quarter-final: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or David Goffin
  • Semi-final: Dominic Thiem
  • Final: Roger Federer

If the men play to seed the quarter-final line up will be:

  • Rafael Nadal vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
  • Dominic Thiem vs. Kei Nishikori
  • Alexander Zverev vs. Milos Raonic
  • Roger Federer vs Grigor Dimitrov

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Rafa and Roger Federer will bid to take over No. 1 in the ATP Rankings. If Roger wins the Rogers Cup title, he will become No. 1 on August 21 with an equal-or-better finish than Rafa in Cincinnati.

Good luck Rafa! VAMOS!!


  1. Ranier: Replying here to your posts below
    (btw do you know why some posts have reply buttons and others don’t? Makes replying very convoluted)

    “Wow, it’s so nice to here about your music background,” sounds like you are really involved, composing for that many instruments! I love cello too, tried to play it, hopeless. Also tried tenor sax (I love jazz as well) also hopeless. I need keys!
    Beethoven is one of my musical gods, the spirit in his music is unequalled, particularly late Beethoven. I struggled with the late piano sonatas forever, very hard to play well!
    Yes to Prokofiev. Love the 5th piano concerto, all the piano music–he’s very sophisticated and highly original in his musical voice. Also love Ravel, Bach, Schumann, Chopin, Stravinsky, Debussy, Wagner and others as well.
    I sometimes think there is a mysterious link between tennis and music–tennis is kind of musical in it’s sonic effects. Also, in my old tennis gang, quite a few of us played instruments. Hmmm, I know that’s not very scientific …

    Re points, it’s weird sometimes they come off well in advance of a tournament, sometimes not. I can’t imagine Fed is going to play Cincy? If he does, then I will not beleive he is injured. He should rest for the USO and let Rafa go to #1. LOL. After what I just saw, I am not afraid of Fed for Rafa. I am afraid of Rafa for Rafa.

    Do you ever post on any other tennis sites?

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