Cincinnati Masters 2021 Tournament Preview
The Cincinnati Masters gets underway right as Toronto ends. With Novak Djokovic not around to defend his 2020 title, what is the tournament looking like?
None of the ‘Big Three’ of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer will be present at the sixth Masters 1000 event of 2021, leaving the door open for the rest of the field.
Join Tennishead for a preview of what the Cincinnati Masters has on offer this year. When does it get underway, who features in the draw, and what showdowns could we see over the course of the tournament?
The men’s main draw will run from 16-22 August. UK fans can watch live on Amazon Prime Video, plus match replays. Otherwise, have a look at our watch guide.
56 pros will be vying for the title in Ohio. There will be 16 seeds in all, with the top eight benefitting from a first round bye. Neither the defending champion Novak Djokovic nor 2020 finalist Milos Raonic will compete this year.
The up-to-date entry list is presented below, alongside seedings when appropriate. (WC) denotes a wildcard entry, (Q) is qualifier and (LL) is lucky loser.
Where is the event held?
The Cincinnati Masters is held at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio, USA, on outdoor hard courts.
Ranking points breakdown, Singles
Winner – 1000 points
Runner-up – 600 points
Semi-finals – 360 points
Quarter-finals – 180 points
Round of 16 – 90 points
Round of 32 – 45 points
Round of 64 – 10 points
Prize money breakdown, Singles
Winner – $391,240
Runner-up – $218,065
Semi-finals – $123,570
Quarter-finals – $69,780
Round of 16 – $42,160
Round of 32 – $26,315
Round of 64 – $15,990
Can I buy tickets for the tournament?
For information on purchasing tickets to this year’s event, click here.
How can I follow the tournament?
Alexander Zverev takes to the court for the first time since claiming the Olympic gold in Tokyo, while Matteo Berrettini will get his first match play in since making his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon, two monumental individual milestones.
The German could face a tough opponent in his first match, as in-form South African Lloyd Harris faces a qualifier for the chance to take on Zverev.
Berrettini will face Taylor Fritz or Albert Ramos-Vinolas in his first encounter, and should he win could face Olympic silver medallist Karen Khachanov or Wimbledon quarter-finalist Felix Auger-Aliassime in the round of 16.
Number one seed Daniil Medvedev could face off against maverick Kazakh Alexander Bublik for a fourth time in 2021 should both men make the round of 16.
Former world number one Andy Murray received a wildcard into the Masters 1000 event, and should he win his opening match against a qualifier, could face Miami Open champion Hubert Hurkacz in the second round.
Fourth seed Andrey Rublev could come up against compatriot Aslan Karatsev in his first match should the latter defeat Marin Cilic, while Denis Shapovalov and Jannik Sinner could engage in a Next Gen battle should both make the round of 16.
Stefanos Tsitsipas will be aiming to continue his form at Masters 1000 level, making at least the quarter-finals in four of five events this season.
Should he make the last eight Matteo Berrettini would be his likely opponent.
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