Preview & Schedule: Tsitsipas Headlines Sunday Action At W&S Open

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Stefanos Tsitsipas leads the way in New York on Sunday, as four Top 10 seeds begin their title bids at the Western & Southern Open.

The reigning Nitto ATP Finals champion will make his return to the ATP Tour against Kevin Anderson, who battled past Kyle Edmund in three sets on Saturday. This will be Tsitsipas and Anderson’s fourth ATP Head2Head meeting (Tsitsipas leads 2-1), with each of their three previous encounters taking place in 2018.

”It’s a great opportunity to be able to perform and play at such a high level again,” said Tsitsipas. “Personally speaking, I’m very happy I get to be back on the court… I’m just happy competing again, just happy to be able to be back to my normal happiness.”

Tsitsipas will aim to return to the level he was playing at prior to the ATP Tour suspension in March. In his two most recent ATP Tour events, the Greek captured the Open 13 Provence in Marseille for the second straight year and finished as runner-up at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

“I was on a good run back in Marseille and Dubai which was quite disappointing when [COVID-19 struck],” said Tsitsipas. “It kept me a little bit off balance and I wasn’t expecting it. But I kept practising, I kept perfecting things. I’m back now, which gives me the perfect opportunity to prove myself once again.”

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Last year’s finalist David Goffin will make his return to action against Croatian No. 1 Borna Coric. The 29-year-old owns an 8-2 record at the ATP Masters 1000 event since 2018, when he defeated three Top 15 players in straight sets en route to the semi-finals. Goffin is unbeaten in four ATP Head2Head clashes against Coric.

Ninth seed Diego Schwartzman and Andrey Rublev will compete in the opening two matches on Court 17. Schwartzman will face Buenos Aires champion Casper Ruud, before Doha and Adelaide titlist Rublev takes on Daniel Evans.

Former champion Grigor Dimitrov will look to add to his 15-7 record at the Masters 1000 tournament when he meets Auckland champion Ugo Humbert on Court 10. John Isner, the 2013 runner-up, will face Hubert Hurkacz in the first ATP Tour match of the day on Grandstand.

ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY 23 AUGUST 2020
GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am

WTA Match
WTA Match

Not Before 3:00 pm
[16] John Isner vs Hubert Hurkacz

Not Before 5:00 pm
[PR] Kevin Anderson vs [4] Stefanos Tsitsipas

Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA Match

COURT 17 start 11:00 am
Casper Ruud vs [9] Diego Schwartzman
Daniel Evans vs [10] Andrey Rublev

Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA Match
WTA Match

Not Before 7:00 pm
Borna Coric vs [7] David Goffin

COURT 10 start 11:00 am
WTA Match
[Q] Mackenzie McDonald vs [Q] Marcos Giron
[14] Grigor Dimitrov vs Ugo Humbert
[Q] J.J. Wolf vs Richard Gasquet

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