Western & Southern Open 2014: Daily Scores, Results and Draw Schedule

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Western & Southern Open 2014: Daily Scores, Results and Draw Schedule
Andy Wong/Associated Press

The U.S. Open begins on Aug. 25, and for years the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Ohio, has been one of the key tune-up tournaments for the world's best as they prepare for the year's final Grand Slam event.

Each year, the best of the best come to Cincinnati to display their skills, and the 2014 tournament is no different. 

The men's field is headed by top-seeded Novak Djokovic and five-time tournament champion Roger Federer. On the women's side, top-seeded Serena Williams and players like Simona Halep and Maria Sharapova will be in action.

While the men's draw looks stiff with nine of the top 10 players in the world in action, the most glaring absence is that of defending champion and world No. 1 Rafael Nadal.

Rafa withdrew from the tournament on July 30 due to a injured wrist. Per Shannon Russell of Cincinnati.com, Nadal commented on his status in a statement:

Unfortunately I injured my right wrist yesterday during practice and after the tests I have undergone today in Spain, including an MRI, and checking with my doctors, I will have to stay out of competition for at least two to three weeks. I am sorry and wish the best to the tournament and thank all of the fans for their support.

The only absence of a top-10 woman in the draw is that of Li Na. The 2014 Australian Open champion has pulled out of this event as well as the U.S. Open due to a problematic knee.

Even with those great players not competing, the fields will still be elite.

Oddly enough, neither of the top seeds has ever won in Cincinnati. Djokovic has been the runner-up four times, and Williams lost to Victoria Azarenka in the final last year. Could this be the year both get over the hump in Cincy?

Potentially, there are several compelling matchups that could come to fruition on both sides of the draw. Flip to the next page to see the men's and women's draw schedule.

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