Our Cincinnati and Canadian Open Predictions
Just when we were recovering from our Wimbledon hangover, the US Open is right around the corner. On the way to the US Open there are two big time Masters 1000 tournaments. Historically, both the Canadian Open and the Cincinnati Masters are good indicators of performance at the US Open. These two Masters events are back to back, and provide only one week of relief between them and the US Open.
So, who are the favorites at these two critical and important tournaments? I’ll refrain from looking at form from the clay and the grass because that can’t really give us the clearest idea of who’ll be in great hard-court form going into these events.
For our predictions, I’ll use the front end of the year hard court swing, specifically the two big Masters events in March, Indian Wells and Miami for a good perspective.
For the men, I believe that Roger Federer will continue his incredible form going into both these tournaments, and I put him as the clear favorite in the field. Roger made the finals of Indian Wells and won Miami. Let’s not forget he also won Dubai before heading to Indian Wells and Miami. Nobody performed better during the February/March hard court swing.
In terms of other favorites, Dominic Thiem should be able to make a run at these events, and possibly win one. He proved he can win on a hard court at Indian Wells, and his physicality is starting to pay dividends on the hard courts.
Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic will certainly be there, and you can expect them to make respective runs, however, let’s remember that we didn’t see much of them in the February/March hard court swing. They shone bright at the French and Wimbledon, and they their light may dim as we go into the US Open. Others to look for are your usual next generation players such as Tsitsipas, Zverev, and Kyrgios.
The ladies’ side believe it or not, seems a bit more defined as we head into August. Simona Halep consolidated herself as the top player with her win at Wimbledon, and although she did not have a great first half of the year, she performs very well in North America in August. She reached the finals of both the Canadian Open and Cincinnati Masters last year. Then there’s Serena, who is probably training harder than ever after her Wimbledon loss so that she can come back stronger and fitter for the August. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Halep and Serena contesting these big tournaments in August. Other women to look for are Svitolina, Pliskova and Barty. These players had solid first halves of the year, and should continue playing at a top level.