Novak Djokovic Cincinnati Masters 2020

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.

Cincinnati Masters Entry List

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?

You can follow the tournament on the official website, the official Twitter, or the official ATP Tour Twitter.

Possible Matchups

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.


Cincinnati Masters Draw

Novak Djokovic Cincinnati Masters 2020
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