Western & Southern Open 2021 Draw and Bracket: Tough Paths for Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas Despite Missing of ‘Big 3’

Published 08/13/2021, 8:40 PM EDT
SHANGHAI, CHINA – OCTOBER 12: Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece congratulates to Daniil Medvedev of Russia after the Men’s Singles Semifinal of 2019 Rolex Shanghai Masters at Qi Zhong Tennis Centre on October 12, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)


Brace yourself, tennis fans! Because the Western and Southern Open recently unveiled the draw for its men’s singles event. With a field starring Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alexander Zverev and others, the Cincinnati Masters 1000 tournament is indeed a treat in place.

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Moreover, the ATP Masters 1000 event is back to its traditional place in Cincinnati, Ohio, after being held in New York last year. Thus, players and fans are equally excited to see the best of tennis unfold in the following week.

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Men’s Singles Draw: The Western and Southern Open 2021

There are 15 players of the Top 20 of the ATP Rankings in the main draw of ATP Cincinnati Masters. Although the big three – Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, and Novak Djokovic are missing, exciting matchups will go off right from the opening round.

For starters, top seed and 2019 champion, Daniil Medvedev, will take on the Brandon Nakashima-Mackenzie McDonald winner. He will be hoping to spend a few days in Cincinnati before moving to New York.

Aug 10, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Daniil Medvedev of Russia leaves the court as heavy rain delays his match with Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan in second round play in the National Bank Open at Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Meanwhile, the second seed, Stefanos Tsitsipas, will go up against Sebastian Korda or Laslo Djere in his opening match. Even he would hope to build a foundation for his US Open 2021 campaign.

Aug 10, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece reacts after a point against Ugo Humbert of France (not pictured) at Aviva Centre. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

Apart from that, there are plenty of juicy round one matches coming up in Ohio. Indeed, it is one of the most intriguing draws of the 2021 season.

Some round 1 matches to look forward to are Grigor Dimitrov vs Roberto Bautista Agut, Marin Cilic vs Aslan Karatsev, John Isner vs Cameron Norrie, Frances Tiafoe vs Ugo Humbert, Dan Evans vs Diego Schwartzman, Fabio Fognini vs Nikoloz Basilashvili, and Marton Fucsovics vs Felix Auger Aliassime.

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Potential QFs for ATP Cincinnati Masters

While the draw is out, fans are already looking forward to seeing the top players go the distance in Cincinnati. With the absence of the big three, it would be interesting to see the men’s circuit battle for the ATP Masters 1000 title.

Here are some potential Last 8 matchups at Cincinnati Masters: 

[1] Medvedev vs [7] Carreno 

[4] Rublev vs [6] Shapovalov 

[8] Ruud vs [3] Zverev 

[5] Berrettini vs [2] Tsitsipas

(the numbers in brackets are the player’s seed in the tournament).

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All in all, a week of high-quality tennis is set to unfold at the ATP Cincinnati Masters. Let’s see who will go ahead and get the best foundation for his US Open 2021 campaign.

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Purav Joshi

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Purav Joshi is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Having a degree in Films, Television and Media Production, he guided his passion for writing and journalism into the sport of aces and rallies. With over 2 years of experience as a copywriter, Purav has authored over 500 tennis articles.

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