The best tennis players in the world will make their last appearance on the Cincinnati Masters 1000 as a preparation for the final Grand Slam of the season, the US Open, that will start on August 26th.
Novak Djokovic defending his title on a not very inviting place
The Serbian World No. 1 will defend a title conquered in 2018. However, we can’t deny that this year hasn’t been a favourable year for “Nole”’s intents, since he got his first victory precisely last year.
This is a tournament that serves as a last preparation stage for the US Open and it is played on hard courts of average speed, similar to what the players will find within 15 days at Flushing Meadows.
Djokovic hasn’t always done well in this tournament, but the truth is that the trend of the surface to start getting slower and slower each year plays a bit in favour of his interests and his favouritism of 1.95 on 1xBet to lift the trophy is relatively comprehensible due to a series of reasons.
Firstly, because Novak Djokovic still hasn’t returned to competition after winning Wimbledon and he should now appear very fresh from both the mental and physical standpoint, and secondly, because one of his main rivals, Rafael Nadal just won the ATP Masters 1000 of
Montreal and has already announced that he won’t play in Ohio due to the accumulated fatigue during the week of that tournament.
Roger Federer will finetune his shots heading to the US Open
Despite his advanced age, the truth is that Roger Federer continues to appear on the list of favourites in any tournament he participates in, such has been his level of tennis this season.
Yes, “FedEx” still hasn’t won any Grand Slam this season, but he competed at the highest level in all of them, confirming that he continues to be an emerging force of world tennis.
After the disappointing loss on the Wimbledon final, on a match that could have been won by any of them, Federer has been resting and he is prepared for transitioning into hard court where he usually generates good results.
In fact, Cincinnati is one of his favourite places to shine in, with the Swiss having won the title there on 7 occasions.
Naturally, one of the focus for this tournament is acquiring rhythm and confidence heading to the US Open that will start only a week after the conclusion of this tournament, but Federer has a legacy to defend this week and he will certainly be fighting for this tournament win.
Rafa Nadal has already tested his abilities
If Federer and Djokovic will be in action, the same can’t be said about Rafael Nadal, that has already tested his level of form in Montreal, winning the tournament after an easy victory over Daniil Medvedev in the final.
The Spaniard only felt great difficulties on the quarterfinals, against the complicated Fabio Fognini, but the physical problems of the Italian ended up stopping “Fogna” from concluding a work that had been done during the first set of his duel against Rafael Nadal.
That way, Nadal is already making his countdown for the US Open and he will have 15 days to recover physically from the efforts of this tournament and prepare mentally to attack a Grand Slam title that he has already won on 3 previous occasions.
Watch out for Kyrgios in Cincinnati
After winning the ATP Washington 500 two weeks ago, the Australian Nick Kyrgios was faithful to himself and only went to Montreal to collect his pay check, losing easily against his opponent.
Now, with his energy back to full, it is likely that Kyrgios appears a bit more concentrated here in Cincinnati, looking to have a more positive participation before reaching the US Open.
The Australian player is clearly one of the most talented on the planet these days, but his crazy and undisciplined style doesn’t always help up in tense periods.
He is priced at 18.00 to win the Cincinnati tournament, and although he isn’t amongst the main favourites, he is clearly one of the players with the ability to cause problems to Federer and Djokovic.