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Novak Djokovic will continue his title defence against qualifier Pablo Carreno Busta in the Round of 16.

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Round of 16 features four qualifiers

Defending champion Novak Djokovic and seven-time titlist Roger Federer respectively take on qualifiers Pablo Carreno Busta and Andrey Rublev on Round of 16 day at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Djokovic takes a 2-0 FedEx Head2Head record into his match against former World No. 10 Carreno Busta, while Federer faces 21-year-old Rublev for the first time.

In total, four qualifiers — Carreno Busta, Rublev, Miomir Kecmanovic and Yoshihito Nishioka — are through to the Round of 16 at an ATP Masters 1000 event for the third time in series history (since 1990).

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Opportunities await the players in the bottom half of the draw. Following the exits of Kei Nishikori and Alexander Zverev on Wednesday, only two seeds remain: No. 11 Roberto Bautista Agut and No. 16 David Goffin. Bautista Agut, along with Frenchman Richard Gasquet, are also the only two players remaining in the bottom half who have reached an ATP Masters 1000 final.

Bautista Agut will face Kecmanovic, who's trying to reach his second Masters 1000 quarter-final of the season (Indian Wells), and Gasquet will meet Argentina's Diego Schwartzman in the first match of the day on Centre Court.

On the top half, top-ranked Russian Daniil Medvedev, last week's Coupe Rogers finalist (l. to Nadal), will try to reach back-to-back Masters 1000 quarter-finals against Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff, who upset No. 7 Stefanos Tsitsipas on Wednesday. Struff, No. 36 in the ATP Rankings, is looking to make his first Masters 1000 quarter-final.

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CENTER COURT start 11:00 am
D. Schwartzman (ARG) vs [PR] R. Gasquet (FRA) 
Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA match
[3] R. Federer (SUI) vs [Q] A. Rublev (RUS) 
Not Before 7:00 pm
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [Q] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) 
Not Before 9:00 pm
WTA match

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
WTA match
Not Before 1:00 pm
[9] D. Medvedev (RUS) vs J. Struff (GER) 
[Q] M. Kecmanovic (SRB) vs [11] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) 
L. Pouille (FRA) vs [8] K. Khachanov (RUS) 
Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA match

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STADIUM 3 start 11:00 am
[Q] Y. Nishioka (JPN) vs A. de Minaur (AUS) 
[16] D. Goffin (BEL) vs A. Mannarino (FRA) 
2 WTA matches
[WC] R. Harrison (USA) / J. Sock (USA) vs [PR] F. Lopez (ESP) / A. Murray (GBR) 

COURT 4 start 12:00 
C. Garin (CHI) / B. Paire (FRA) vs [2] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) 
After Suitable Rest - D. Schwartzman (ARG) / H. Zeballos (ARG) vs [7] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) 
After Suitable Rest - M. Demoliner (BRA) / D. Medvedev (RUS) vs [6] M. Pavic (CRO) / B. Soares (BRA) 
Not Before 5:00 pm
[1] J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) vs [Alt] R. Bopanna (IND) / D. Shapovalov (CAN)

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