8/12/12 2:18 AM | Ricky Dimon
Four-time Cincinnati champion Roger Federer will be well-rested for the upcoming week after skipping Toronto. Federer also finds himself in a soft quarter of the bracket along with Juan Monaco and Mardy Fish.
Roger Federer will be back in action at the Western & Southern Open after taking a week off and missing the rain-marred Canada Masters. Federer is kicking off his 2012 U.S. Open Series and looking to build on a great grass-court season, during which he won Wimbledon and finished runner-up at the London Olympics.
It appears to be all set up for Federer to capture his fifth Cincinnati title. The top-ranked Swiss is well-rested, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are on the other side of the draw, and his quarter is unquestionably weak.
Fellow seeds in Federer's section are Juan Monaco, Mardy Fish, and Philipp Kohlschreiber. Monaco is in the midst of an outstanding year, but he does his best work on clay and is a Top 8 seed only because of withdrawals from top players like Rafael Nadal and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Fish fared relatively well in Toronto (quarterfinals) but he is still dealing with an ankle injury that he sustained in Atlanta.
Federer awaits the winner of a first-round matchup between Jarkko Nieminen and Alex Bogomolov. Monaco will contest his opener against either Radek Stepanek or Albert Ramos. One first-rounder to watch is battle of rising youngsters, Ryan Harrison and Bernard Tomic.
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