Cincinnati Masters Slowly Warming Up

The last chance before the US Open.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

There hasn’t been a whole lot of star play yet at the Cincinnati Masters, but it’s right around the corner.

The tournament is the final Masters 1000 hit out before the US Open, but with a heap of qualifying rounds being played over Sunday and Monday not a lot of action has taken place.

Tuesday will see 10 Americans and a bunch of stars play, some of which include both Serena and Venus Williams (Venus will play no.12 seed Maria Kirilenko in an early round matchup), no.12 seed Andy Roddick, Mardy Fish, no.5 seed Tomas Berdych, and finally no.3 women’s seed Sam Stosur.

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are also playing in the tournament.

On Monday, former world No.1, Lleyton Hewitt, dispatched of Wimbledon quarter-finalist Mikhail Youzhny, 6-4 6-4, to advance to the second round.

Hewitt fell out of the top 200 after an injury plagued 2011, but is currently ranked the world No. 134 and received a wildcard entry into the Cincinnati Masters.

In another surprise result, former world No.3 Nikolay Davydenko destroyed 13th seed Alexandr Dolgopolov in just 52 minutes of play, 6-1 6-1.

Teenage wunderkind Bernard Tomic defeated American Ryan Harrison is the opening match of the tournament on Sunday, 6-4 7-6 (7-5).

The win comes after the Australian teenager finally broke a seven game losing streak last week- a streak that goes back to his early exit from the French Open back in June.

If Tomic is to win again in the second round, he will face 2012 Wimbledon winner Roger Federer in the third.