The Cincinnati masters is in full swing and the first round of matches are already in the bag. That takes us to round two where the top eight seeds come into the action. Let’s take a look at the matches that hold promises of riveting entertainment and maybe just maybe an upset in the making.
Rafael Nadal vs Richard Gasquet (H2H 14 – 0, Nadal)
On paper and based on form, this match is just about as cast in stone as possibly can be. However, Richard Gasquet does have a flowing game and can get into his element when he has nothing to lose. Playing a soon to be world number one, is one of those situations where the mercurial talent might consider swinging from the hips. That may be enough to pose a few challenges for Rafa, but I doubt it’ll be enough to bag Gasquet his first win. Either way, Rafael Nadal’s high intensity game juxtaposed with Richard Gasquet’s wonderful one-handed backhand, is enough reason to tune in for this one.
Grigor Dimitrov vs Feliciano Lopez (H2H 2 – 2)
At 35 years of age, Feliciano Lopez is a full nine years older than Grigor Dimitrov. Still, the Spaniard serve and volley player should fancy his chances. Lopez ambushed Dimitrov in their last encounter in the Queen’s Club semifinals, winning in three sets. It was his first win over Dimitrov in seven years. In that span they’ve only played four times with each match going the distance except the first. Meanwhile Dimitrov continues his career trend of posting erratic results. He catches fire for a single Grand Slam and then appears to wander aimlessly, the rest of the season. I would be surprised if he wins this one.
Nick Kyrgios vs Alexandr Dolgopolov (H2H 0 – 0)
These two have never played before. Nick Kyrgios might in many ways be an improved version of Dolgopolov. They both burst onto the scene brandishing brilliant shot making and wonderfully relieving unorthodox styles of play, early on in their careers… earlier on if you are Kyrgios. It is this meld of potential brilliance that makes this match one to watch. I’d suggest watching from a television though. You never know which Kyrgios is going to show up.