Nadal, who won his last tournament on hardcourts at Indian Wells in March, is looking forward to coming back strong after a shocking first round loss to Steve Darcis at Wimbledon.
“I’m approaching this part of the season in exactly the same way,” said Nadal who has a tour-high seven titles this year in 10 tournaments. “Of course, what happened in the four months I’ve been able to compete this year was fantastic, but there’s still lots more to come and you have to be well prepared.”
Nadal won Montreal in 2005 when he beat Andre Agassi and he took the 2008 title in Toronto defeating the Agassi-like Nicolas Kiefer. Rafa will play his first match on Tuesday or Wednesday so he’ll have plenty of time to get readjusted to the North American hardcourts and climate.
Andy Murray is also at the event and Novak Djokovic is scheduled to arrive soon. No word yet on the status of Roger Federer.
Here’s Rafa leaving from Spain:
Rafa practicing Thursday:
— Coupe Rogers (@CoupeRogers) August 1, 2013
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