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Preview: Manic Monday pits Canadian teen against Kyrgios

Jul 24, 2016
written by: Nick McCarvel
written by: Nick McCarvel
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You know what makes Monday better? The official start of the main draw at Rogers Cup presented by National Bank.

First-round action starts on Monday at Aviva Centre, with 13 singles matches led by the must-see evening battle between Canadian wild card Denis Shapovalov and No. 11 seed Nick Kyrgios.

Shapovalov, just 17, is making his Masters 1000 debut on the ATP World Tour fresh off of winning the junior title at Wimbledon earlier this month.

Americans John Isner and Jack Sock join Kyrgios and his Australian compatriot Bernard Tomic as seeds in action Monday, with Isner wrapping up the day session on Centre Court against Dudi Sela. Sock is last on the programme for Grandstand against compatriot Denis Kudla.

All eyes will be on the all-Croatian battle that is set to open the day on Centre Court, with 19-year-old Borna Coric meeting compatriot Ivan Dodig, 31, for the first time. Grigor Dimitrov and Yuichi Sugita are on Centre to follow, preceding the Isner-Sela match.

While Shapovalov-Kyrgios kick off the night, it will be another Canadian – Frank Dancevic – who plays to follow, meeting American Sam Querrey in the second evening session match. Querrey is looking to continue his momentum following his shock win over world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the third round of Wimbledon.

Other Canadians in action include Steven Diez against Kyle Edmund first on Court 1 at 11 AM, followed by Peter Polansky taking on American qualifier Tim Smyczek on that same court.

Viktor Troicki and Kevin Anderson face off on Grandstand to start the day, while Gilles Muller and Dimitry Tursonov play after them, the winner set to face top seed Djokovic in the second round.

Dimitrov will come back from the singles court to play again in doubles alongside Stan Wawrinka (pictured above) in the fourth match on Court 1. They meet Lucas Pouille and Dominic Thiem, a pair of on-the-rise singles stars.