Favorites and absences of the Masters 1.000 Cincinnati 2020

The 1,000 American Masters will be held in New York from August 22-28. The participation of stars, diminished by the pandemic.

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Tennis is back after hard months of lethargy with the Cincinnati Masters 1,000 (August 22-28). The American tournament will begin the North American tour in preparation for the US Open (from August 31), and due to the pandemic it will be held in New York, so the adaptation from one tournament to another will be more immediate than ever. The negative part is found in the list of participants, since only nine tennis players in the final draw know what it is to win a Masters 1,000, the lowest figure in recent times together with that of last year.Favorites

Among the top favorites, one name stands out above the rest. And that cannot be other than the number 1 in the world: Novak Djokovic. The Serbian has been seen for weeks training on hard court at the academy of his friend Janko Tipsarevic, so he has prepared the tournament thoroughly and knows what is at stake. With the absence of some great rivals, Nole can take advantage of this clearer picture to accumulate less wear between games and score good points that further consolidate him at the top of the ranking.

From Serbian, a range of possibilities opens up as wide as it is varied, without a too strong candidate. Among the highlights is Dominic Thiem, who apparently during confinement has not relaxed in the least with brutal discipline in training. Reigning tournament champion Daniil Medvedev will also have a lot to say. Zverev, Tsitsipas, Khachanov and Berrettini are other secondary ones to take into account.

Absences

The most significant absence, without a doubt, is that of Rafa Nadal. The Spaniard completely resigned from the American tour due to the critical situation that the United States is going through due to the pandemic, so he will not add any points (nor will he lose) or defend his title at the New York Grand Slam. The second most important loss is that of Roger Federer, although for very different reasons. The Swiss said goodbye to the season after undergoing a second knee operation several months ago, so he will continue his recovery to return to the slopes in 2021 and conclude his career after the Tokyo Olympics with maximum guarantees. Grigor Dimitrov will not be in Cincinnati either.

Women's table

If it is already difficult to make predictions in women's tennis, imagine in the current context, with more than five months without competitions. As in the male box, the absences are significant. The top ranked WTA rankings recently announced their resignation from the American tour, so neither Ashleigh Barty nor Simona Halep will be at the Cincinnati Masters. As for the Spanish, Garbiñe Muguruza will not be there due to ankle discomfort, nor Carla Suárez, due to medical indisposition. Thus, players like Pliskova, Kenin, Serena Williams and Osaka start as favorites, without forgetting Madison Keys, current champion.



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