MASON – The top four players in the world will once again be in action on Thursday in the round of 16 at the 2009 Western & Southern Financial Group Masters.
THURSDAY ORDER OF PLAY
Defending champion Andy Murray
, the No. 2 ranked player in the world, will be the only one of the top four to play a seed, as he’ll face No. 16 Radek Stepanek
Top seed and two-time Cincinnati champion Roger Federer
will battle David Ferrer
, a former Top 5 player himself.
Second seed and World No. 3 Rafael Nadal
will take on Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu
The 2008 Cincinnati runner-up and fourth ranked player in the world Novak Djokovic
will play another Frenchman, Jeremy Chardy
There will be a battle between a pair of Top 10 players as No. 8 Nikolay Davydenko
takes on No. 9 Gilles Simon
. The two have played just three times, all in 2007, with Simon winning twice, including in their only hardcourt meeting.
Two-time Cincinnati finalist Lleyton Hewitt
will play Sam Querrey
, who already this summer has reached three finals while claiming one title. Julien Benneteau
, who entered the draw as a lucky loser when Juan Martin del Potro
withdrew, will look to be jus the third player in the Open Era to reach the Cincinnati quarterfinals as a lucky loser when he takes on Guillermo Garcia-Lopez
The final round of 16 match features qualifier Chris Guccione
against Tomas Berdych
. Guccione, who on Wendesday was confirmed as a wild card entrant for the US Open, is trying to be the first qualifier to reach the quarterfinals in five years and the 10th in the Open Era.Tickets for Thursday's action can be purchased here.