The only two men to have won a Grand Slam in 2017—Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer—are seeded first and second at Rogers Cup presented by National Bank. The draw was decided on Friday afternoon at Uniprix Stadium in Montréal.
Nadal, who could regain the no.1 ranking during the tournament, is seeded first. Wimbledon champion Federer is second, at the bottom of the draw. Together, the two tennis titans have taken home 166 titles: 93 for the Swiss and 73 for the Spaniard.
Young guns Dominic Thiem of Austria and Alexander Zverev of Germany are seeded third and fourth, respectively. Kei Nishikori of Japan, Milos Raonic of Canada, Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France make up the remaining eight seeds who will go directly into the second round.
If all goes according to plan, the Rogers Cup quarterfinals could pit Nadal against Raonic, Zverev against Tsonga, Thiem against Dimitrov and Federer against Nishikori.
But it’s a bumpy road to the quarters: Nadal will likely have to get passed the young and talented Borna Coric of Croatia in his early round and then John Isner of the US in the next.
Raonic will likely come across 9th seed David Goffin of Belgium. Zverev could face Nick Kyrgios of Australia in the third round, and Tsonga could encounter Gilles Muller, Sam Querrey or Kevin Anderson. As for Dimitrov, the man standing in his way is Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic.
Besides Raonic, there are four other Canadians in the main draw, which gets rolling on Monday. In an ironic twist, Peter Polansky and Vasek Pospisil will go head-to-head in the opening round. The winner will battle none other than Roger Federer.
The 18-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov will face a qualifier and then the winner of the clash between John Isner and Juan Martin Del Potro. Brayden Schnur has the difficult task of going up against Richard Gasquet in the first round.
This week, 16 of the ATP’s Top 20 players are taking part in the tournament.