MASON – The top five players in the world will be in action Wednesday in the second round of the 2009 Western & Southern Financial Group Masters.Roger Federer
, the World No. 1, new No. 2 Andy Murray
, No. 3 Rafael Nadal
and No. 4 Novak Djokovic
will all be action during the day session on Center Court, while No. 5 Andy Roddick
headlines the night session.
In all, seven of the top 10 will be in action as 14 second round matches are contested. WEDNESDAY ORDER OF PLAY
Federer, a champion in Cincinnati in 2005 and 2007, will take on Jose Acasuso
of Argentina. Federer is 4-0 against Acasuso, including a 6-4 6-3 in the quarterfinals here in 2005.
Murray, the defending champion who claimed his fourth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title in Montreal last week, will take on Spaniard Nicolas Almagro
. Almagro won the only previous meeting between the two, at last year’s French Open.
Nadal will be playing Italian Andreas Seppi
. Nadal owns a 3-1 edge over Seppi, but the Italian won their only hardcourt meeting.
Djokovic, last year’s runner-up in Cincinnati, will face former Top 10 player Ivan Ljubicic
. They’ve played three times, with Djokovic winning the last two without dropping a set.
It will be an all-American battle at night, as Roddick battles Sam Querrey
, who has reached three finals already this summer. Roddick, the 2003 and 2006 champion here, is 3-0 against Querrey, including a pair of wins in 2009.
Top 10 players Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
(No. 7) and Nikolay Davydenko
(No. 8) will also be in action on Wednesday. Joining them on the schedule will be a pair of former World No. 1s, Lleyton Hewitt
and Marat Safin
. Tickets still remain for both sessions.