With another exciting Rome event in the books, it means that Montreal is next up on the ATP Masters 1000 series calendar. The countdown has begun as we anxiously await to welcome the best men’s tennis players in the world to STADE IGA from August 4-13 for Rogers Cup presented by National Bank. But, before we get our popcorn ready, let’s take a look back on what has happened so far at the Masters tournaments in 2017.
Just when we thought fan favourites Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were ready to leave room for the tour’s newcomers, the duo is back stronger than ever and dominating across the board. In March, just two months after winning his 18th Grand Slam trophy in Melbourne, Federer claimed his fifth career Indian Wells title at the first Masters event of the year. He beat Stan Wawrinka 6-4 7-5 in an all-Swiss final to join Novak Djokovic in lifting a record of five trophies at the BNP Paribas Open.
Roger’s fairytale week was repeated not long after, when he topped Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-4 to complete his third sunshine double in Miami.
With Federer deciding to skip the clay season this year, Nadal took over and showed that he is still the king of clay. The Spaniard wrote history once again by winning for the tenth time in Monte-Carlo. With his 6-1, 6-3 victory over countryman Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Nadal became the first man in the Open Era to win a singles tournament on 10 occasions.
Nadal then continued his reign on home soil, defeating rising star Dominic Thiem 7-6(8), 6-4 to take home his fifth Madrid title. With the win, he tied Novak Djokovic with a record 30 ATP Masters 1000 titles.
In Rome this week, 20-year-old Alexander Zverev of Germany showed why he is leading the changing of the guard in men’s tennis, defeating Nadal and Djokovic in remarkable fashion en route to his first Masters 1000 title. He becomes the sixth youngest player in history to win a Masters tournament and the first player born in the 1990s to accomplish the feat. Zverev will also make his Top 10 debut on Monday.
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Will the two legends continue their Masters dominance in Montreal or will another next gen star steal the show? We’ll find out soon enough!
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