This tennis year has been all about dramatic upsets, especially in the men’s singles competitions. Of the leading big 4 in men’s tennis (Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, and Novak Djokovic), only Djokovic has managed to reach the semifinals or better in each Grand Slam.
Both Nadal and Federer have experienced embarrassing early-round exits, while Murray had to pull out of the French Open due to an injury. Because of these absences, we haven’t seen many would-be thrilling matches between these top men’s tennis players this year. But this could all be set to change in Cincinnati.
No major upsets have yet to occur at the Western & Southern Open, meaning that these top four players could be on a crash course to meet in the tournament’s later stages. Nadal and Federer could be set to meet in the quarterfinals round, while top seeds Murray and Djokovic could feature in a final that has become all too familiar between the pair in 2013:
As the last ATP tournament ahead of the US Open later in the month, the Western & Southern Open will be vastly crucial to these players’ confidence before the next Grand Slam begins. Because of this, expect the later stages of this tournament to be extremely enticing and dramatic as the players look to build momentum ahead of the 2013 US Open.
Featured image credit: Rahul and Gayatri.
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