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Federer vs Londero ATP Cincinnati Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Seven-time champion, Federer starts Cincinnati campaign against Londero

Leye Aduloju in ATP Tour 13 Aug 2019
  • Roger Federer vs Juan Ignacio Londero is live from Cincinnati on Tuesday, 13 August from 7:00pm local time/ 12:00am BST (Wednesday morning)
  • First meeting between Federer and Londero
Roger Federer (PA Sport)

Roger Federer begins his quest for an eighth Cincinnati title when he takes on Argentine, Juan Ignacio Londero in the second round on Tuesday. 

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Federer is playing his first match since a heart-breaking defeat to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final, where he twice fought back from a set down, and held two match points at 8-7 40-15 in the final set. It wasn't to be for the great Swiss, as he lost his serve, before going on to lose the match in a tie break after both men had got to 12-12 in the deciding set of an enthralling final.

Federer opted out of last week's Rogers Cup in Montreal as he continues to manage the latter stages of his career, but the Swiss, who turned 38 on 8 August, is back in Cincinnati, where he will attempt to extend his record title-winning haul. The 20-time major winner failed to cross the opening round in three of his first four visits to Cincinnati, but he has won the title in seven of his last 12 appearances, to become the most successful man in the tournament's history. (He didn’t play Cincinnati in 2016 and 2017). Before last year's loss to Djokovic in the championship match, Federer was a perfect 7-0 in Cincinnati finals. 

The world No. 3 is looking to win his fourth title of the season in Cincinnati, following earlier successes in Dubai, the Miami Open, and Halle. He also made the final at Indian Wells, where he was beaten by Dominic Thiem, and reached semi-finals at Roland Garros as he returned to clay after a two-year hiatus from the surface. The Swiss was well-beaten by great rival Nadal in that French Open semi-final, but he earned his revenge over the Spaniard at Wimbledon, securing a four-set win. 

While he has suffered a couple of disappointing losses along the way, most notably, to Stefanos Tsitsipas in the fourth round of the Australian Open, and that Wimbledon loss to Djokovic, it's still been a super solid campaign for the great man, who is standing on an impressive 38-5 win-loss record.

He'll be looking to produce another deep run in Cincinnati this week, starting off with a second-round meeting with Argentine, Juan Ignacio Londero on Tuesday.


Londero is playing in Cincinnati for the first time in his career, and he made a winning entry into the tournament, scoring a fine 7-6 6-3 victory over Italian, Matteo Berrettini in the first round. The Argentine withstood 14 aces from Berrettini, while he protected his own serve extremely well, winning 81% of points behind his first serve, and 70% on his second. The 25-year-old faced just one break point all match- and he got broken while serving for the first set- but he regrouped to take the opening set, before securing the lone break of the second at 3-2 en route the one hour 27-minute 7-6 6-3 victory.

Londero was virtually unheard off before the start of this year, as he had spent almost all of his career in the lower tier Challenger and ITF tours, but he burst onto the mainstream with a title-winning run in Cordoba- dropping just one set as he surged to a maiden career title. He had never won a tour-level match before that week in Cordoba.

Londero jumped into the top-100 for the first time after Cordoba, debuting at No. 69 in the world- he has stayed inside the top-80 since then, and is currently at his best ever ranking of 55th.

Unsurprisingly, his tremendous achievement in Cordoba was followed by a lengthy hangover, as the Argentine went 5-8 after that tournament, failing to win consecutive matches within the spell, but he snapped that streak with a fourth-round run at Roland Garros, where he beat Nikoloz Basilashvili, Richard Gasquet and Corentin Moutet before losing to Nadal. He has since reached another final in Bastad, where he was beaten by Nicolas Jarry.

Predictably, he has played his best tennis on clay this season, winning just two matches on hard and grass courts combined heading into Cincinnati. He's increased that tally to 3 in Cincinnati with his first round victory over Berrettini. 

Can the Argentine get it up to four by taking down the mighty Roger Federer when they meet for the first time on Tuesday? That's very unlikely on this surface, in this venue, against this player.

Roger Federer vs Juan Ignacio Londero is live from Cincinnati on Tuesday, 13 August from 7:00pm local time/ 12:00am BST (Wednesday morning)


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Federer vs Londero ATP Cincinnati Preview, Predictions and Live Streaming: Seven-time champion, Federer starts Cincinnati campaign against Londero

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