Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic get tough Cincinnati draws; Andy Murray learns first singles opponent

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic doubles

Novak Djokovic faces a daunting draw in Cincinnati as he makes his return following his Wimbledon success this summer, and Roger Federer won’t have it easy either.

Djokovic is the defending champion in Cincinnati, and hasn’t played since his brilliant Wimbledon final success over Federer, same as the Swiss – but they’ve both been handed tough draws.

World number one Djokovic will start against either Sam Querrey or Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

However, big-serving Amercian John Isner may await in the third round, and Karen Khachanov or Nick Kyrgios are likely quarter-final opponents.

Federer faces Matteo Berrettini or Juan Ignacio Londero first up and is in the same section of the draw as Stan Wawrinka. There is also the tantilising possibility of a quarter-final against Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Rafael Nadal, meanwhile, will open against Cristian Garin or Adrian Mannarino, and may run into Kei Nishikori in the quarters.

Andy Murray accepted a wildcard in the tournament to make his long-awaited singles return, and has a tough draw.

The former world number one will start in round one against Richard Gasquet, and will meet Dominic Thiem in the second round should he come through it.

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