ATP Masters Events: Montreal & Cincinnati

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UPDATE ON THE MONTREAL MASTERS: August 14, 2009:

The top 8 seeds made it through to the quarter finals at the Canadian Open in Montreal. That was the first time that had happened at that event since 1987. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Roger Federer in the quarter finals after being 5-1 down in the final set.

Andy Roddick defeated Novak Djokovic in another quarter final so meets Juan Martin del Potro in the 2nd semi-final after del Potro upset Rafael Nadal 7-6 (7-5) 6-1. Nadal also lost his world No.2 ranking.

On Monday August 17 Andy Murray will become the new world No.2. Murray beat Nikolay Davydenko in the quarters at Montreal and plays Tsonga next for a spot in the final. The Brit will be filled with confidence after breaking the Federer-Nadal streak of occupying the top 2 positions since 18 July, 2005.

PREVIEW FOR THE CINCINNATI MASTERS:

The next major tournament on the ATP World Tour is the Western and Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. It is a major tournament because it the 7th of only 9 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in 2009.

This tournament is commonly known as either the Cincinnati Open or the Cincinnati Masters. It has 3 million US dollars up for grabs and will be held from Saturday August 15 through to the final on Sunday August 23.

Pictured above is del Potro of Argentina who is looking dangerously close to a big break through during the American summer’s hard court season. In 2009 he made his first ever semi-final of a Grand Slam at Roland Garros before losing to Federer in 5 sets.

Juan Martin is by far the youngest player in the Top 10 at 20 years of age. He is achieving a number of firsts on tour, including making his first semi-final of an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 earlier this year. This week in Montreal he is already in his 3rd Masters semi-final.

Last year at Cincinnati Murray won the event by defeating Djokovic in the final in 2 tie-breaks 7-6 by 7 points to 4 (7-4) and 7-6 (7-5). For Murray it was his first major title. Murray won 1000 ranking points whilst Djokovic as the runner-up earned 700 points.

Djokovic beat Nadal whilst Murray defeated Ivo Karlovic in the 2008 semi-finals. The quarter finalists were Ernests Gulbis, Carlos Moya, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Nicolas Lapentti.

The Western & Southern Financial Group Masters has a 56 player draw. The top 8 seeds have a BYE in the 1st round so play their first match in the 2nd round. Only the top 16 players are seeded.

The seeding for the top 16 players who, provided they all win through to the round of 16 are:

  • (1) Roger Federer versus (14) Marin Cilic
  • (12) Robin Soderling v. (5) Andy Roddick
  • (3) Andy Murray v. (16) Radek Stepanek
  • (11) Fernando Verdasco v. (6) Juan Martin del Potro

..which completes the head-to-head play-offs in the top half of the draw. In the bottom half of the draw, the players seeded to meet are:

  • (8) Nikolay Davydenko v. (9) Gilles Simon
  • (15) Tommy Robredo v. (4) Novak Djokovic
  • (7) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga v. (10) Fernando Gonzalez
  • (13) Gael Monfils v. (2) Rafael Nadal

The wild cards were awarded to former World No.1 and dual Grand Slam singles champion, Marat Safin and 3 Americans: Robby Ginepri, John Isner and Wayne Odesnik.

Today’s POST is dedicated to Iva Majoli. Majoli was born on 12 August in 1977. The Croatian won the French Open in 1997 at Roland Garros by defeating Martina Hingis in straight sets in the final. Majoli achieved her highest career ranking of No.4 on 5 February, 1996.

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