Former Champions Nadal, Djokovic, Zverev Lead Canadian Open; Raonic Opens Monday
by Staff | August 6th, 2018, 12:00 am
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The last two Grand Slam champions, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, headline the Canadian Open in Toronto, the first of two hard court Masters events this summer.

Nadal has won the title twice in 2005 and 2008 while Djokovic has taken it four times in 2007, 2011, 2012 and 2016. Rafa, though, hasn’t played in Toronto since 2010!

Last year, Alexander Zverev stunned Roger Federer for his first Canadian title. The German returns fresh off a second straight Washington title.

Overall, the event will feature 26 of the Top 27 players. Among those absent are three former champions Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Tomas Berdych will also miss the event.

Stan Wawrinka took Murray’s wildcard when the Scot announced he would not participate. He opens against Nick Kyrgios!

In the quarterfinals, the top seeded Nadal could meet Marin Cilic, Juan Martin del Potro is set to face John Isner, Grigor Dimitrov is drawn to duel Kevin Anderson and Dominic Thiem is projected to test Alexander Zverev.

Seeded just outside the Top 8 and No. 9, instead of a bye Djokovic will meet in his first round Hyeon Chung who beat the Serb at the Australian Open.

Other interesting matchups see Canadian phenom and 2017 semifinalist Denis Shapovalov battle Jeremy Chardy. Also to note, Schwartzman-Edmund, Tiafoe-Cecchinato, Harrison-Bautista Agut, Dzumhur-Tsitsipas and Sock-Medvedev.

On Monday, Milos Raonic debuts against No. 10 seed David Goffin. His countryman Vasek Pospisil is also featured on Centre Court against Borna Coric.

Kyle Edmund will meet Diego Schwartzman.

MONDAY TORONTO SCHEDULE
Centre Court Starts At 11:00 Am
(WC) Peter Polansky v Matthew Ebden
Not Before 1:00 Pm
13 Jack Sock (Q) v Daniil Medvedev
Kevin Anderson/Novak Djokovic v (WC) Felix Auger-Aliassime/Denis Shapovalov
Not Before 7:00 Pm
Milos Raonic v 10 David Goffin
(WC) Vasek Pospisil v Borna Coric


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31 Comments for Former Champions Nadal, Djokovic, Zverev Lead Canadian Open; Raonic Opens Monday

Mystic - Willow Says:

looking forward to this, good luck Nadal, people will always ram it down our throats about how much he sucks on HCs, still hoping for the best for him, and lovely having Andy back ….


Margot Says:

Yeah Mystic, but by no stretch of the imagination is Andy “back.” :(


j-kath Says:

When Andy pulled out of Washington, he also pulled out of Toronto….Am I getting something wrong??


Okiegal Says:

JK I’m so sorry for Andy. I had a feeling he wasn’t gonna last much longer in DC, favoring his hip was a dead give away. Bless his heart….. severe injuries are so hard to overcome. I guess you have to think did he come back too soon?? Best of luck to him. Sad for his adoring fans…I know you guys are heart broken……


Daniel Says:

I think USO for Andy will be best format even with 5 set matches due to day off. Think his body still is not handling 3-5 days playing consecutive.

If he gest a good draw in USo with fiorst 3 rounds not playing a big name or an in form player he can test himself more.

Cincy also is faster so he cna get a few matches there, if he plays.


Daniel Says:

Apart from USO Nadal latelly is not shinign in HC (he reahces a few finals here an there but not winning them). His last HC Masters was Cincy 2013 in his best Hard Court year ever, so there is fundament to going against him. is draw also looks dangerous with Kyrgios R16 (if he is fit and ready) and Cilic QF.


Mystic - Willow Says:

I Dont have any crystal balls, and i dont know what the future will bring, but i will choose to remain positive, last year Nadal won what matters the most which was the USO, and hes won that particular GS 3 times now, anyway time will tell, nothing he ever wins off clay will ever be good enough for the Nadal naysayers and detractors so nothing new there ….


j-kath Says:

Okiegal: Thank U for your kind words and good wishes. At least Andy’s treatment at Washington will have been noted by the powers-that-be at his next tournament – (Cincy). I don’t usually make excuses for players losing or withdrawing but it was extraordinary that only Andy had to play these murderous late games/sleep pattern ruined – yes he had an opponent playing that late…but Andy did it 3 times and the others only once. Even if he’d been at the height of his powers it would have been brutal.

And yes, I do think he will play Cincy…..but I don’t think I’ll be able to watch.


Daniel Says:

Yeah Willow,
He is winning what matter the most in seocnd half HC: USO. He won 3 of the last 8. More so than Federer who has 0 USO in this Spam.

But is odd that after he won his last HC Masters (Cincy 13′) he was able to win 2 USO (2 finals there and 2 titles) but no other Masters, whereas he reached a few Masters level finals also (WTF 13′, Miami 14′ and Miami / Shangai 17′).


Okiegal Says:

@ JK…..Yesh, you’re welcome and you make some valid points. Just can only hope he gets through these matches coming up. I suffer with sciatica in my left hip at times and when it flares up eeeek! It’s not so much the pain but the movement of these old bones. I literally have to get out of bed lying down and scooting. Those days of bouncing up and out are over for Okie! Lol But my best wishes for him, he’s been through a lot…….


Okiegal Says:

^^^^^Yesh is a word mix of yes and yeah……I couldn’t decide……Umm….🤔🤔🤔
😜😜😜


Humble Rafa Says:

Apart from USO Nadal latelly is not shinign in HC (he reahces a few finals here an there but not winning them)

Japanese Daniel,

I only win the big ones. Small HC tournaments are not important. Needless to say, small clay court tournaments are very important.

Also, I see that your English has come a long way but know that it has a very very long way to go.


j-kath Says:

And this is why we want HR to stay – he says to Daniel:

“Also, I see that your English has come a long way but know that it has a very very long way to go.”

PS: To Daniel: We know the difficulties under which you post – so hope you don’t mind a joke that’s friendly to you rather than a double-entendre against you.


j-kath Says:

Okiegal: I’ve never quite known what causes sciatica or how it can be so difficult to deal with. I recall, my father had similar and I applied crystals which initially led to extreme pain and bad language). Then, when I started to apologise, he shook his head in disbelief: “I don’t believe it” he said, “the pain has gone”.

The point is – I keep urging myself to write to Judy Murray on the subject re. Andy, and would be interested if you felt able to investigate it too.

Whatever, best wishes to you and to Andy.


skeezer Says:

“And this is why we want HR to stay”
Who is we? Sorry, not a member of the HR Fan club.
#tennisrocksmockingdoesnot


Mystic - Willow Says:

I Dont mind banter, but alot of the time he doesnt make any sense to me, or maybe im just missing something ….


Mystic - Willow Says:

This is for you Humble Rafa https://youtu.be/H8jx2Wg4dVw such a beautiful song ….


Madmax Says:

Skeezer, I am with you there. HR is like a bad bad comic, thrown out of all the comedy arenas worldwide. His only hiding place is TX. A lot less rowdy and he feels, at least, at home.


Madmax Says:

This was not vintage Federer, even in the first set which he won handily. In his first four matches the Swiss had been utterly dominant on serve, winning 92 % of points on first serve, his best ever serving stats in his 20 years at Wimbledon.

Skeezer, having found you here – and off topic, I know, but not enough off topic to be put on the other thread. Unbelievable for Federer to be serving the best ever in 20 years of being at Wimbledon.

I can’t believe it. Astonishing is what it is.


Madmax Says:

Margot, J-Kath,

We all want Andy to return healthy and to be the Andy of old, but it is going to take time.

Look at both Rafa, Novak and Fed, come on. Stay positive girls!


j-kath Says:

In relation to “And this is why we want HR to stay” Skeezer asks: Who is we”?
Answer: The same people who accept Skeezer’s own rather more grumpy comments.


Margot Says:

Madmax: Love your relentless positivism! I just want Andy to retire when he wants to, and not be forced out prematurely through injury.
Kath. Um no. I won’t cry if HR leaves, won’t cry if HR stays and I don’t find Skeeze “grumpy.”


j-kath Says:

Margot: I’d rather live and let live…tomato and tomato; potato and potato – for me it’s the same – simply pronounced differently….intended message the same and reading too much into it is OTP. I don’t give a monkey who stays or leaves….however, the competitiveness is more entertaining than the repetitive comments of some others.


Margot Says:

Do you like Naughty Nick? He’s playing quite well against Stan at the mo. First set 6-1 but Stan making a come back in the 2nd.
Now Nick having treatment on his groin, looks like. So many injuries.
Like him or loathe him, he’s got stardust.


Mystic - Willow Says:

Like his game, and i dont mind a bit of personality on a tennis court, some of the things he does leave alot to be desired though, he comes across as been rather crude sometimes …..


Mystic - Willow Says:

Well done Stan, his clothing attire is terrible, and when Stans clothing is terrible he seems to have a good run lol ….


Margot Says:

Far too casual at crucial points too, Mystic, and loses to Stan of course. Idiot.


Giles Says:

“He’s got stardust”. ROFL


Humble Rafa Says:

“The Best Backhand in Switzerland”‘s wonderfully designed clothes that he wore during his FO is now in the museum. We can now add to his collection. A man is great when he adds to his legacy every day.


Margot Says:

Giles: I’ve seen him live and, believe me, he has a huge, enthusiastic, mainly teen age following. They love him! So apparently does John Inverfail. At RG I think, may have been Wimbledon, couldn’t stop talking about him, it was very sycophantic TBH.


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