'Novak Djokovic can redirect that ball as accurately...', says former No.1

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'Novak Djokovic can redirect that ball as accurately...', says former No.1

The ATP Tour moves to Cincinnati to host another ATP Masters 1000 tournament: the Western & Southern Open. A year ago, this event was played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York - the home of the US Open - due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But the best players in the world are back in Ohio. The top two seeds are Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas, two former Nitto ATP Finals champions. However, there will be many candidates trying to prevent them from asserting their favoritism.

ATPTour.com goes over 10 details to watch this week in Cincinnati. 1) Medvedev Leads The Frame: The Russian star will always cherish fond memories of Cincinnati, where he lifted his first Masters 1000 two years ago. During that momentum, Medvedev beat world No.

1 Novak Djokovic. In this edition, the Russian is the first seed and will try to improve his balance (8-3) at the Western & Southern Open. Medvedev, who advanced to the Toronto final on Saturday, will open his Cincinnati campaign against one of two American guests: Mackenzie McDonald or Brandon Nakashima.

2) The Shine Of Tsitsipas: The Greek is in good shape as shown by the semifinals reached in Toronto. Stefanos will try to keep up with him in Cincinnati, where he is second seeded. A week after his 23rd birthday, the 2019 Nitto ATP Finals champion will try to solidify his position as No.

2 in the FedEx ATP To Turin Race. A dangerous second round awaits the Greek, with threats from local favorite Sebastian Korda or Serbian Laslo Djere, who won an ATP 500 title on clay in Rio de Janeiro two years ago. World No.

1 Novak Djokovic has been the best player this season by far. He has done something not many have been able to execute – winning the first three Grand Slam titles of the season. The Serb is all set to make it four out of four this year.

Roddick on Novak Djokovic

On the occasion of International Left-Handers Day (13 August), Andy Roddick spoke in glowing terms about tennis' most famous lefty - Rafael Nadal. Roddick made special mention of Nadal's crosscourt forehand, highlighting how it has been one of the Spaniard's biggest weapons over the years.

Roddick did point out, however, that Novak Djokovic has mastered the art of dealing with Rafael Nadal's crosscourt forehand. The Serb can return the shot with interest in both directions - down-the-line or crosscourt - which is a big reason why he has been able to beat Nadal so often.

"I think that's why Novak has really changed the game because he can redirect that ball as accurately down-the-line as he does crosscourt," Roddick went on.