2008 Cincinnati Masters Draw

us open seriesAndy Murray has finally been drawn on the opposite half the draw from Rafael Nadal. In Andy’s last two tournaments, Wimbledon and last week’s Rogers cup he has lost to eventual winner Rafael Nadal in the quarter finals and semi-finals respectively. Even at the French Open he was drawn to meet Rafa in the 4th round had he beat Nicolas Almagro and at Queen’s was scheduled to meet Nadal in the semi’s had he not pulled out through injury.

The draw though is arguably no less tougher than last weeks Roger’s Cup where he beat the 3rd and 10th seed before losing to 2nd seed Nadal. Murray has been drawn in the current number 1, Roger Federer’s half and faces a possible route that includes Wimbledon foe Richard Gasquet in the third round,¬†¬†Nikolay Davydenko in the Quarter’s before Federer in Semi’s.

Though Murray can take heart, that he has beaten all three of these players already this year and even holds a two wins to one loss record over Roger Federer, one of the few players on the ATP tour with a positive record over the Swiss ace.

Cincinnati Masters – First Round Draw – Top half
[1] Roger Federer (SUI) Vs Bye 2nd
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3rd
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Quarter
Final
Jonas Bjorkman (SWE) Vs Robby Ginepri (USA)
Mario Ancic (CRO) Vs Jose Acasuso (ARG) 2nd
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Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) Vs [16] Ivo Karlovic (CRO)
[12] Tommy Robredo (ESP) Vs Mardy Fish (USA) 2nd
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3rd
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Julien Benneteau (FRA) Vs Robin Soderling (SWE)
Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) Vs Michael Yani (USA) 2nd
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Bye Vs [6] Andy Roddick (USA)
[4] Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) Vs Bye 2nd
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3rd
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Quarter
Final
Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) Vs Carlos Moya (ESP)
John Isner (USA) Vs Andrea Stoppini (ITA) 2nd
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Igor Andreev (RUS) Vs [15] Radek Stepanek (CZE)
[11] Richard Gasquet (FRA) Vs Michael Llodra (FRA) 2nd
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3rd
Round
Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) Vs Marat Safin (RUS)
Sam Querrey (USA) Vs Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) 2nd
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Bye Vs [8] Andy Murray (GBR)
Cincinnati Masters – First Round Draw – Bottom Half
[7] James Blake (USA) Vs Bye 2nd
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3rd
Round
Quarter
Final
Nicolas Kiefer (GER) Vs Gilles Simon (FRA)
Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) Vs Ernests Gulbis (LAT) 2nd
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Thomas Johansson (SWE) Vs [9] Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)
[13] Fernando Gonzalez (CHI) Vs Tomas Berdych (CZE) 2nd
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3rd
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Feliciano Lopez (ESP) Vs Andreas Seppi (ITA)
Kevin Anderson (RSA) Vs Simone Bolelli (ITA) 2nd
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Bye Vs [3] Novak Djokovic (SRB)
[5] David Ferrer (ESP) Vs Bye 2nd
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3rd
Round
Quarter
Final
Nicolas Lapentti (ECU) Vs Marin Cilic (CRO)
Jesse Levine (USA) Vs Chris Guccione (AUS) 2nd
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Victor Estrella (DOM) Vs [10] Fernando Verdasco (ESP)
[14] Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) Vs Tommy Haas (GER) 2nd
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3rd
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Gael Monfils (FRA) Vs Donald Young (USA)
Benjamin Becker (GER) Vs Florent Serra (FRA) 2nd
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Bye Vs [2] Rafael Nadal (ESP)