MASON – The draw for the 2009 Western & Southern Financial Group Masters turned out rather top heavy, with three of the top five – Roger Federer
, Andy Roddick
and Andy Murray
– all ending up on that side of the draw.
2009 Western & Southern Financial Group Masters Draw
Before the draw was made on Friday, tournament wild cards were granted to Marat Safin
and a trio of Americans: Robby Ginepri
, John Isner
and Wayne Odesnik
The top eight seeds have opening round byes, meaning Federer, Rafael Nadal
, Murray, Novak Djokovic
, Roddick, Juan Martin del Potro
, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
and Nikolay Davydenko
all advance directly into the second round.
Federer is the top seed for a tournament record sixth year in a row. He could potentially face Roddick in the quarterfinals and Murray in the semifinals, if the seedings were to hold.
Roddick will play the winner of an opening round match between fellow American Sam Querrey
and a qualifier. Since Wimbledon, Querrey has reached three finals, winning the title in Los Angeles earlier this month.
Murray’s in a tough section of the draw, which includes one of the best first round matches of the draw as Safin will take on Ginepri.
If the seeds were to hold, Murray would face del Potro in the quarterfinals.
On the bottom half of the draw, American James Blake
could potentially line up in the second round of No. 8 Davydenko’s path. Blake opens against Russian Igor Kunitsyn
Another strong first round match falls in the top quarter of the bottom half of the draw, as Isner will play Germany’s Tommy Haas
in the first round.
Novak Djokovic is the top seed in that quarter of the draw.
The opposite quarter on the bottom half is highlighted by No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal
. The other seed in Nadal’s quarter is No. 7 Tsonga, who on Friday upset Federer in Montreal.
Main draw play for the men’s tournament begins Monday.