TENNIS - The Western and Southern Open, currently underway in Cincinnati, is the last tennis Masters 1000 tournament before the US Open. But how accurate of a form guide is it for the season’s last Grand Slam?
> The Cincinnati winner has gone on to claim the US Open title in the same season only three times in the last 10 years on the men’s side: Andy Roddick in 2003 and Roger Federer in 2005 and 2007.
> Also during that span, only one losing finalist at Cincinnati has won the US Open a few weeks later: Novak Djokovic in 2011.
> Five of the remaining six US Open winners during this timeframe lost in the quarterfinals or earlier in Cincinnati, including three losses in the first or second rounds (Federer in 2004 and 2008 and Pete Sampras in 2002).
> The final US Open winner in that span - Juan Martín del Potro in 2009 - did not even play in Cincinnati that year.
> Women have only been competing in Cincinnati since 2004, but in that time only one finalist at the Western and Southern Open – Kim Clijsters, who won the tournament in 2010 – has gone on to win the US Open in the same year.