Traditionally, the ATP Cincinnati is the last dress rehearsal before the US Open, and it will be the same this year. The prestigious Masters 1000 will see the presence of the strongest, including Alcaraz, Djokovic and our Sinner.
ATP Cincinnati: All against Alcaraz
He only made it to the quarterfinals last year but at the Cincinnati Masters The man to beat will definitely be Carlos Alcaraz. The new champion of Wimbledon 2023 and number 1 in the world is expected to return to the ATP, which is the Masters 1000 in Toronto, played today (August 7-13). Cincinnati will be from the 13th to the 20th.
The great season of American hard courts, which clearly ended with the US Open (August 28 – September 10), is having its most reliable test at the West and South Open, as it is also the last. We remember that Alcaraz was the outgoing champion of the US Open and could only start as a “strong favourite” for this tournament as well. This his first enemy is still Novak Djokovic.
However, while there are few questions about the Serbian champion, Athletes like Daniil Medvedev and Jannik Sinner look more ready. Italian number 1 also rested after Wimbledon, but his team is giving him a big boost on the hard courts for the American season, and he doesn’t have many points to defend (2nd round in Montreal, 3rd round in Cincinnati)).
Unknown Nole and possible surprises
Despite being the last round before the US Open, the Cincinnati ATP lends itself to unpredictable variables. It is no coincidence that Borna Coric won last year, he is a player who was not even in the first place but recovered after a long injury and therefore preservation of protected order. Then there are special cases like Novak Djokovic’s.
Nole is back after almost a month, but only because he’s strangely also participated in the doubles tournament. For many, this would be a form of education. Davis Cup perspectiveThat Djokovic wants to win for the second time in his career before retiring. This may also affect the Serbian player’s chances of going all the way in the singles tournament.
Then there are the fascinating surprises that respond to the name of Matteo Berrettini, who seems to be on his way to a full recovery. If physically fit, Matteo is worth at least a quarter. Cincinnati ATP’s other sneaky names are Andrey Rublev, Grigor Dimitrov (winner in 2017) and Iskender Zverev, who scored in Cincinnati in 2021 and won champions in Hamburg a few weeks ago.