Cincinnati 2018: Rafael Nadal gets potentially tough draw

Singles draw for the Western & Southern Open, the seventh ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event of the season, was made on Friday.

Rafael Nadal is No. 1 seed and has a first-round bye. He will face either Milos Raonic or a qualifier in the second round, with fifth seed Grigor Dimitrov, 10th seed Novak Djokovic and 14th seed Kyle Edmund also in his quarter.

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Rafa’s potential route to the final:

  • First round: Bye
  • Second round: Milos Raonic
  • Third round: Denis Shapovalov or Kyle Edmund
  • Quarter-final: Novak Djokovic
  • Semi-final: Alexander Zverev or Marin Cilic
  • Final: Roger Federer

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

  • Rafael Nadal vs. Grigor Dimitrov
  • Alexander Zverev vs. Marin Cilic
  • Kevin Anderson vs. Juan Martin del Potro
  • Dominic Thiem vs. Roger Federer

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Rafa was the tournament winner in Cincinnati in 2013.

Main draw action in Cincinnati gets underway on Sunday.

Good luck, Rafa!

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24 thoughts on “Cincinnati 2018: Rafael Nadal gets potentially tough draw

  1. Jean Palmer

    Disappointing to see fan named Margo practically accusing Roger Federer of bribery. Very disappointed that you would publish such slander. This breeds distrust with no basis . Not good for the game . Jean Palmer Winnipeg Manitoba Canada.

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  2. Sharina Blevins

    So happy for Rafa for winning his 4th Roger’s Cup making it the most successful hard court tournament in his career. Also, I’m even more glad he is taking the extra time off to rest and recover his body in order to defend his US Open title by not playing Cincy now. Rest well and come back to get that 18th slam Rafa! Loves you very much and congrats on your 33rd Master 100 win! Yay!

    🙂

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  3. Amelia Chilleron Hellin

    Oooohhhhhhh!!!! Rafa lo tienes complicado….hay k reconocerlo…a faltado a Thiem para rematar la faena…y seguido a este d Toronto…por una parte bien xk vas bien rodado pero tmbn muy seguidos para recuperarte…sabemos k eestas hecho un ciclòn…pero tmbn humano….d todas formas SIEMPRE CONTIGO!!!!! VAMOSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

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    1. Margo

      Si, la recuperación es muy importante. Yo hablé de eso porque sin duda el va jugar el US Open. Si el tiene bien salud es mucho más fácil ganar.

      RAFA ROCKS

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  4. Fan love

    VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) YOU WILL DO GREAT NO MATTER WHO YOU PLAY OR WHATEVER DRAW ANY TOUR HAS………. NO BIG DEAL…..A MATCH AT A TIME……AND YOUR GIFTED TENNIS ATTITUDE OVER THE YEARS IS GENIUS AND EXCEPTIONAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) ENJOY EVERYTHING…… EACH POINT ……AND WE ARE ALL ENJOYING EVERYTHING WITH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) GO RAFA GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOX

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  5. Margo

    The quailies have already started in Cincy so I’ll list Big Four past title winners:

    Roger-7X
    2005, 07, and 09
    2010, 12, 14-15

    Andy-2X
    2008, 11

    Rafa-1X
    2013

    Novak never won but was runner-up 5X
    5 times vs Roger, 2 times vs Andy

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  6. Carmen coral

    Siempre lo mismo a Rafa los mas dificiles y a Federer los mas faciles me pregunto que pasa, pero de todas manera nuestro campeon es el mejor VAMOS RAFA y suerte en tus encuentros.

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  7. Annette O

    I hate to make the comparison of the draws between Rafa and Federer. When I look at the facts there always appears that Federer gets the breaks. I only want a level playing field for Rafa. He desires it. It is as if the tennis organizers want Federer to win. I don’t like it.

    RAFA IS MY MAN. MAY THE TENNIS GODS WATCH OUT FOR HIM!!!!!!

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    1. Couldn’t have said it better……I reckon princess Fed pays em!..he ALWAYS gets the easy draw and time slots and courts! Makes my blood boil!!! I wonder how far he would get if he had played the same draws as Rafa over the years??

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      1. Fan love

        WITH OUT THE GLUED ON CONSTANT SHIELDING, AND THE AIDING POLITICS, .. THE FAVORS….AND THE THICK, OBVIOUS PROTECTIVE SHIELD FROM REAL TRUE COMPETITION, IN ALL LIKELIHOOD, PRINCESS R WOULD AT MOST HAVE 7 TITLES IN TOTAL……KEEP IN MIND, PRIOR TO RAFA, HE DID NOT HAVE COMPETITION …. THEN WHEN RAFA SET HIM ASIDE, HE BECAME IRRELEVANT….RAFA TOOK HIM TO THE CLEANERS, AND TOOK THE TENNIS WORLD , r NEVER REGAIN TRUE COMPETITIVE POSITION ON HIS OWN…. IT APPEARS THAT WAY DURING EACH TOUR…… BUT LET ME POINT OUT THAT IT MAKES ZERO DIFFERENCE IN THE BIG PICTURE…..BECAUSE WE ALL KNOW WHO ARE PLAYERS WHO SET HIM ASIDE….WHO ARE FAR STRONGER THAN HIM….NOT ONLY RAFA…..SO WHAT THE MAIN FOCUS IS TO ENDORSE PLAYERS WHO ARE EARNING THEIR TITLES FAIR AND SQUARE…..AND RAFA HAS DEFINITELY PROVEN TIME AND TIME AGAIN THAT HIS SWEAT AND SHEER ABILITY, SKILL, AND CLASSY TENNIS IS BEHIND EACH TITLES HE HOLDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) SO THAT IS WHAT IS IMPORTANT AT THE END OF THE DAY…..LETS SHIFT THE FOCUS ONTO OUR GLADIATOR…OUR PRECIOUS SENIOR CHAMP RAFA NADAL………..THE ULTIMATE GOAT OF ALL GOATS…..AND THE BEST LOOKING TENNIS PLAYER EVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) HE IS SO CUTE AND ADORABLE AND SEXY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) AND HEY….LOOKS DO COUNT : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) ) 😉 : ) AND SO DOES SPORTSMANSHIP……: ) : ) : ) : ) : ) AND KNOWING TO LOSE WITH DIGNITY AND CONSIDERATION FOR YOUR WINNER OPPONENT DOES COUNT VOLUME………: ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : ) : )
        VAMOS SWEETHEART & GO RF GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )

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      2. Margo

        It’s comments like this that give me the feeling you just don’t have faith in Rafa, that he needs an easy draw to win, even more so if Roger is in the same tournament.

        You are constantly COMPELLED to call Roger princess and constantly COMPELLED to accuse the WORLD of having helped him win 20 Grand Slams. It boggles the mind that you obviously are not embarrassed by your infantile harangues.

        I feel you are angry that Rafa has 17 but that Roger has 20. Get over it. Rafa could surpass him, or not. Whatever Rafa’s record is when he decides to retire won’t take away from his glorious record. His unbelievably FANTASTIC record. Do you really think Rafa would prefer a cakewalk of a draw? If so, think again. Rafa is a warrior with a warrior mentality. He wants to feel he won a great battle. He doesn’t want titles handed to him. He “FIGHTS for the important things.” That’s one of the many reasons I was an instant fan.

        Out of the four matches he played this week only ONE tested him; Cilic’s went to three sets. And out of his seven potential opponents, he will have played against only TWO of them by tournament’s end.

        I never was nor am I a Federer fan, it’s always been Rafa but because of all the negative comments made here I thought I would do my own checking up on Roger to make my own educated assessment.

        I think Federer is so popular because he is engaging on a personal level. And, of course, his language skills help. He also makes himself available to the press, something Rafa doesn’t like to do, he never did. Read his bio. Roger is no angel for sure, but neither are you by your caustic remarks.

        Empty your head of Federer and fill it with RAFA.

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  8. Melly

    Looks really a tough draw. I just hope Rafa stays healthy and strong to go through all the matches successfully. Just stay focus and calm when facing a nextgen players who are mostly strong hitter. May it not intimidate you. God bless champ Rafa. Vamossssssssssssss 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  9. No complaints about the draw . Rafa rocks .
    He is the No 1 in the world. So he has to win them all .
    Rafa rocks big time.
    Am sure he will win Cincy the way he is playing .
    Or go deep into the tournament !
    👍👍👍👍👍✋️✋️✋️✋️✋️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  10. va4favre

    Yes, Rafa’s draw looks tough, but let’s wait and see how it turns out. I think that we should focus on the first two rounds and see which upsets occur. I will admit, however, that looking at this draw makes me want a victory in Toronto even more. Rafa said that how he plays in the two Masters will not affect his USO performance. I hope that is true, but going in with a strong record would seem to help.

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  11. Elaine Crowder

    Rafa I am sure you will focus on one match at a time……..that is your usual focus.

    All the best,

    Love and prayers,

    AlaineXXSydneyXXAustraliaXX

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    1. Margo

      Rafa_1310, Please don’t torture yourself. Is Roger still in Toronto?
      Is Djokovic still in Toronto? And he lost in BOTH singles and doubles. Probably just getting practice and believing in a better chance of winning the US Open.

      Rafa will play his semifinal today and by your posts I know you are always rooting for him. Forget about the other guys until Rafa has to play against them. Have fun. Root. Root. Root.

      RAFAMAZING ROCKS

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