The draw for the Tennis Masters Montreal has just been released. The top seed is Roger Federer followed by No. 2 seed and defending champion Rafael Nadal, then Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic.
The intrigue: Murray landed in the Federer half, Djokovic in the Nadal half and Roddick’s with Novak, again.
Federer’s section looks cushy with Radek Stepanek a potential third round, then Jo Wilfried Tsonga in the quarterfinals.
Murray could run into Jeremy Chardy in the opener, then Fernando Gonzalez in the quarterfinals. My man Gael Monfils returns from injury, but…
Moving to the bottom half, in arguably the most competitive quarter Andy Roddick and Djokovic are seeded to meet again, this time in the Canadian quarterfinals. Before then, Roddick will have to deal with Tursunov or Andreev followed by Fernando Verdasco. Djokovic’s test could come against Cilic in the third round.
In final quarter – the Spanish quarter – Nadal will likely face David Ferrer in the second, Tommy Robredo (or moreso Sam Querrey) in the third before a rematch vs. Juan Martin Del Potro or Robin Soderling in the quarterfinals, guys he’s lost to in recent meetings.
And keep in mind, for the top guys like Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray, Montreal will be the first hard court event for the players since March! So we could see plenty of upsets and the guys make the surface shift.
And of course we’ll see just how well Nadal’s knees hold up, and how Federer performs as a dad.
Also, Richard Gasquet who is once again under the ITF’s drug testing microscope is not in the draw. According to reports he will return in New Haven. James Blake and David Nalbandian are also not playing due to injury.
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