What can happen from Cincinnati to the next US Open? In Cincinnati many things will happen. In the first place, for the victory of the tournament, with numerous contenders involved. There is Daniil Medvedev, who wants to do better than last year, when he lost the semi-final to his compatriot Andrey Rublev.
Rafael Nadal returns, second seeded in the tournament, who lifted the trophy in 2013 and who has been absent from Cincinnati for five years. At the bottom of the scoreboard, there is also the blue Jannik Sinner, who first has the opportunity to avenge the defeat suffered in Montreal at the hands of Pablo Carreño Busta.
Rescue also for Matteo Berrettini: the Italian number two, however, has another difficult first round, in which he will face Frances Tiafoe. In Cincinnati the fight is not only for the trophy, but also for the position in the ranking.
Given the premise that it is also a challenge for the top of the table, it is really the ring where the second position will be fought that is crowded: from Nadal’s return to Zverev’s defense, from Medvedev’s decline . to the consecration of Alcaraz, until the unexpected overtaking of Casper Ruud.
The multiple post-Cincinnati scenarios
Exchange of positions between Daniil Medvedev and Rafael Nadal if the Spaniard wins the United States Masters 1000 and if the Russian does not reach the quarterfinals. For the Iberian champion, however, there are many combinations to become number two: the minimum goal is to reach the quarter-finals in Cincinnati, the rest will depend on the other two contenders for the throne, Carlos Alcaraz and Casper Ruud.
The Spanish number two can only aspire to the second position in one circumstance: if he wins the American tournament and if his compatriot does not reach the final. For the Dane, on the other hand, the expected result will also depend a lot on what happens in Canada.
The Roland Garros finalist, in fact, can become world number two if he wins both Montreal and Cincinnati; or, victory in Montreal and final in Cincinnati, but with the conditions of results also set by the other two Spaniards involved in the fight.