The opponents of the Azzurri according to the draw
The 4 blues at the start in the main draw of the ATP Masters 100 in Cincinnati, Ohio were all drawn in the lower part of the draw, the one chaired by Novak Djokovic (winner of 2018 and 2020).
Matteo Berrettini, n.38 Atp, makes his debut against the Canadian Felix Auger Aliassime, n.12 in the ranking and seeding: the 27-year-old from Rome is leading 4-1 in the previous matches but the 22-year-old from Montreal prevailed in the match played in Cincinnati, in the round of 16 of the 2021 edition. The winner of this match would then find in the second round that of the French derby between Richard Gasquet, n.53 Atp, and Adrian Mannarino, n.30 Atp.
Not too lucky either Lorenzo Musetti, n.19 in the ranking, who in case of success in the first round against the British Daniel Evans, n.21 Atp (winner the other week in Washington), always beaten in the two previous matches (although on clay), he would find in the second round the Russian Daniil Medvedev, n.3 in the ranking and seeding, who eliminated him in the round of 16 in Toronto. Lorenzo Sonego, n.39 Atp, is instead waiting for a player from the qualifiers. Finally entry into the race directly to the second round for Jannik Sinner, n.8 in the ranking and seeding: the “red” from Sesto Pusteria, who will turn 22 next Wednesday, awaits the winner of the match between the Argentine Francisco Cerundolo, n. 22 Atp, and a qualified.
For him hypothetical eighth with Fritz, n.9 in the ranking and seeding, and probable fourth against Djokovic, n.2 Atp and second seeded, winner of this tournament in 2018 and 2020 (and five other times finalist) on his return on the tour after the final loss at Wimbledon with Alcaraz. Matteo Arnaldi is competing in the qualifiers, who overtook them last week in Toronto: the 22-year-old from San Remo, n.66 Atp and ninth seed in the qualifiers, was drawn in the first round against the French Corentin Moutet, n.79 of the ranking, from which he was defeated in straight sets fought in the quarterfinals of the Challenger in Stettin (clay), Poland, last year.