Cincinnati draw is out! Novak vs Viktor in R2!

The draw has been made for the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Cincinnati (hard, $3,000,000). The tournament starts on Saturday, August 14.

Novak Djokovic is second-seeded and has a first round BYE. He will face his fellow countryman Viktor Troicki who defeated Czech Radek Stepanek 7-5, 6-1.

Djokovic and Troicki have met four times, Novak leads 3-1.

Nole’s potential rivals in the later stages of the tournament are:

3rd round: David Nalbandian (ARG), Ivan Ljubicic (CRO,15)
Quarterfinals: Robin Soderling (SWE,5), Andy Roddick (USA,9), Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)
Semifinals: Andy Murray (GBR,4), Fernando Verdasco (ESP,8), Mikhail Youzhny (RUS,12), Jurgen Melzer (AUT,13)

Rafael Nadal (ESP,1), Roger Federer (SUI,3), Nikolay Davydenko (RUS,6), Tomas Berdych (CZE,7)… are in the upper part of the draw.

Novak has finished runner-up in the Cincinnati final the past two years (2008 – l. to Murray 6-7(4), 6-7(5); 2009 – l. to Federer 1-6, 5-7).

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