This week, world no. 1 Novak Djokovic of Serbia will be seeking his fourth title at the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank.
To come out on top, he will have to fend off an armada of star players at this year’s Canadian Masters 1000, which is hosting 16 of the ATP’s top 18.
The Serbian will also have to watch out for current titleholder Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France and Andy Murray of Great Britain, who won the last men’s Cup in Montréal.
On Friday afternoon at Fairmont the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in downtown Montréal, the official draw was held to determine the paths that the world elite will have to take to cash the winner’s cheque of $685 200.
As always, the top eight seeds will skip the first round. In the second round, Djokovic (1) will face the winner of the match between Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil and Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay. Murray (2) will play a Spaniard: either Feliciano Lopez or Tommy Robredo.
If all goes according to plan, the quarterfinals will pit Djokovic against Tomas Berdych (5), Murray against Marin Cilic (6), Kei Nishikori (4) against Rafael Nadal (7) and Stan Wawrinka (3) against Canadian Milos Raonic (8).
Raonic is one of five Canadians in the draw. His first rival will be the winner of the match between Jerzy Janowicz of Poland and Ivo Karlovic of Croatia. Vasek Pospisil of Vernon, B.C. will go head to head with a qualifier. If he wins, he’ll take on the winner of the match between John Isner (16) and Benjamin Becker of Germany. There will be a showdown between Philip Bester ofNorth Vancouver, who was a finalist at the Granby Challenger last week, and Gilles Muller of Luxemburg, and Frank Dancevic of Niagara Falls will face Pablo Andujar of Spain. Finally, Filip Peliwo of Vancouver will have to deal with Sergiy Stakhovsky of the Ukraine. If the Canadian gets by, he will run into none other than Rafael Nadal.
Tsonga (10) will have to work hard to defend his title. He is likely to face two men from Croatia in the early rounds: Borna Coric and then Marin Cilic.
Looks like a great week of tennis ahead!