Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nick Kyrgios might be experiencing déjà vu after looking at this year’s Western & Southern Open doubles draw. The pair fell in the opening round of last week’s Citi Open to top seeds and reigning Wimbledon champions Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah, but have a chance at revenge when they meet the Colombians for another first-round clash in Cincinnati.
Six of the Top 10 singles seeds in Cincinnati are in the doubles draw. Novak Djokovic teams up with Janko Tipsarevic as they start their week against second seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo. Andy Murray and Feliciano Lopez pair up once again and will face fourth seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau. Murray/Lopez took the title in June at the Fever-Tree Championships (d. Ram/Salisbury).
Eighth seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan are one victory away from 1,100 tour-level doubles wins as a team, but the five-time champions will need to beat Roland Garros finalists Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin for that milestone moment. Bob achieved 1,100 tour-level doubles wins this week at the Coupe Rogers, joining Mike as the only two players to accomplish the feat.
Other notable teams in the draw include Dominic Thiem and Jan-Lennard Struff, Karen Khachanov and Radu Albot, Daniil Medvedev and Marcelo Demoliner, and Fabio Fognini and Grigor Dimitrov.