Western & Southern Open: Top Five Matches

The ATP Tour makes its long-awaited return with the Western and Southern Open on Friday.

So we’ve picked some all-time classics from Cincinnati to get you in the mood!

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5. Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev (Semi-Final, 2019)

Last summer, Medvedev was playing the best tennis of his life. Earlier in the year, he had pushed Djokovic hard at the Australian Open for two sets and then had outfought him from the baseline in Monte Carlo. But, after consecutive final appearances in Washington and Montreal, this clash against Cincinnati’s defending champion was the Russian’s 15th match in 19 days. He had the ability, but was this a match too far?

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4. Pete Sampras vs Patrick Rafter (Final, 1998)

To the surprise of many, Pat Rafter had muscled his way into tennis’ elite with a dazzling 1997 season, topped off with a maiden grand slam title at the US Open. Sampras had lost his throne at Flushing Meadows, but Rafter was still firmly in his grasp: after the Australian – then just a fledgling 20-year-old ranked well outside the top 100 – won their first meeting in 1993 in Indianapolis, Sampras had bested him eight times, and five times in 1997. Sampras resented that the two big-servers were beginning to be compared. Could Rafter finally turn his fortunes around on one of the biggest stages of American tennis?

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3. Andy Murray vs Novak Djokovic (Final, 2008)

One of the great early chapters in the pair’s rivalry. Though both 21-years-old, Djokovic had raced ahead of his junior compatriot, with an Australian Open title earlier in the year besides four Masters titles. Murray was still on the hunt for his first Masters and his nerves were palpable throughout this thrilling encounter. Intriguingly, though, he had secured his first tour-level win over the Serb just the week before in Toronto. Who would come out on top was anyone’s guess.

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2. Stefan Edberg vs Pete Sampras (Semi-Final, 1993)

One man who had beaten Sampras at the US Open was Stefan Edberg – in the 1992 final no less. The world #3 had then ousted Sampras again in straight-sets at the 1993 Australian Open. But Sampras was Cincinnati’s defending champion, and he had thrashed Edberg two-years running here. What would be the next twist in their enthralling rivalry?

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1. Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal (Quarter-Final, 2013)

Few times in Federer’s career had he looked so vulnerable. The Swiss’ premature exit from Wimbledon meant that success at Cincinnati – where he had taken the crown five times in the past – was more important than ever. Nadal had suffered an upset at SW19, too, but was enjoying his most prolific season for titles since 2005 and was fresh from a third Rogers Cup. What followed was a rollercoaster drama.

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