After Elina Svitolina capped of an exciting 2017 Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in dramatic fashion, we can’t help but look ahead to 2018 as the Canadian sensation Denis Shapovalov and the best in the ATP World Tour return to Aviva Centre at York University.
He turned heads this year in Montreal, and when Shapovalov steps back onto his hometown courts, the Richmond Hill, Ont. native will be looking to once again impress on the big stage. Shapovalov usurped Juan Martin Del Potro and Rafael Nadal en route to becoming the youngest player to reach a Masters 1000 semifinal with his on-court efforts. With a year to improve, fans can hardly await the arrival of the rising Canadian talent.
Fellow Canadian Milos Raonic said he “wanted a different storyline” after a Rogers Cup second-round exit in Montreal this year. A finalist in 2013, Raonic will look to channel the home court advantage and create history next year. From nearby Thornhill, Ont., the world No. 10 still eyes his first-ever Rogers Cup title.
A dominating theme of Rogers Cup action for the past 14 years has been the stranglehold of the Big Four – they have captured 12 of the 14 last titles awarded on Canadian soil. Novak Djokovic was the last men’s champion in Toronto, as the Serbian sensation defeated Kei Nishikori in the 2016 final to claim his fourth title in Canada and will be hungry for his fifth.
However, a resurgent Roger Federer has made it clear he’s not going anywhere. The two-time Rogers Cup champion booked his spot into this year’s championship match on Saturday in Montreal. While he fell just short of adding yet another trophy to add to his 93 career titles in the championship match, he’s proven he’s comfortable winning in Canada. Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray have also both dominated recently up north, each holding three Canadian titles apiece.
It was Alexander Zverev who broke up the Big Four’s grasp in Canada this year. He became just the second player, after Jo-Wildfred Tsong in 2014, outside of Djokovic, Nadal, Federer, and Murray to win the Rogers Cup title since Andy Roddick since did it back in 2003. Could this be the start of the next generation of champions to be crowned or will one of the old favourites repeat their championship runs in 2018?
Keep an eye out for stars like Gael Monfils, Stan Wawrinka, and Dominic Thiem who are just some of the names you can expect to grace Toronto’s Aviva Centre when the 2018 edition of Rogers Cup presented by National Bank rolls around next year August 4-12.