Cement’s second half-season is returning. After clay tournaments and the shorter interlude of grass, it’s back to the surface that occupies most of the tennis year. It begins in Washington and continues on to the two Masters 1000s: the Rogers Cup in Montreal and the Cincinnati Masters, the third 1000 tournament of the year to be played on U.S. cement after Indian Wells and Miami.
Following the release of the Montreal entry list comes the Cincinnati entry list. There are no differences between this tournament and its Canadian counterpart. World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev, who had to withdraw from Wimbledon because the tournament banned Russian and Belarusian athletes, is ahead of him.
The first inconsistency arises at the second stop: Alexander Zverev, the current champion, is said to still be competing in the U.S. 1000 tournament. For the first time since 2017, when he lost in the quarterfinals to Nick Kyrgios, Rafael Nadal will be competing in this tournament in the United States.
The Italians and the Djokovic problem.
Novak Djokovic, who was seeded seventh, was unable to compete in either the Cincinnati 1000 or the US Open because he did not have the required vaccinations.
Andrey Rublev, who lost to the current world number two in last year’s Cincinnati final, is also here. Jannik Sinner, the tenth seed, leads the Italian contingent. He is followed by Matteo Berrettini, the fifteenth seed due to the Wimbledon points controversy.
The other three Italians, Fabio Fognini, Lorenzo Sonego, and Lorenzo Musetti, are also likely to show up. One of the Americans leading the charge is Taylor Fritz, who has already won a 1000 tournament on home soil at the Indian Wells Masters.
Opelka and Isner, two giants in their own right, are next; Frances Tiafoe, Maxime Cressy (the Newport grass court champion), Tommy Paul, and Jenson Brooksby are currently in last place.