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Wimbledon digested, the legends are going to great cold Canada. It is in Montreal that the final starts of the second half of the season is about to begin. Masters 1000 will compete without Djokovic, injured, but with Roger Federer. Absent from the tournament since 2011, the Swiss has never been titled in the French-speaking city. Friend bettors, here's what to know before placing your bets on this fifth MS1000 of the season!
Djokovic will not travel to Canada or any of the following. Tired of being rolled on, not physically at best, the Serb has put an end to his season. A thoughtful decision, which makes us think of the one taken by Roger Federer last year, at the same time. Winner of the tournament in Toronto (the two cities alternate from year to year) in 2004 and 2006, the king has never raised the trophy in the country's second largest city of the maple leaf. His presence certainly brings a sweet note to the event.
Roger has crushed the competition since January . Roger Federer took the opportunity to add two Grand Slam tournaments to his record, bringing the figure to 19. By confirming his presence in Montreal, he is showing his determination to regain his place as world number one. Absent from the second part of the season in 2016, he will now see every ATP point back in his bag. With only 1000 points ahead of the biggest player of all time, Murray knows that his time on the throne of the ATP is now counted. Winner of 31 of 33 games played since the resumption, "RF" is the favourite of the Canadian tournament .
We are heading for a duel between Federer and Nadal for the world number one spot. Like the good old days, the two legends draw all the light on them, leaving only crumbs to the other players of the circuit. Broken at the end of last season (absent from the Rogers Cup, eighth in Cincinnati and the US Open, quarterback in Beijing, second round in Shanghai) before throwing in the towel for Paris and the London Masters, Rafa also needs an enormous number of points in Canada. 1000 to make it simple, just like Federer. Murray is only 300 points ahead of the Spaniard, so it is likely that the Majorcan will take his place at the top of the rankings at the end of the Masters. A place in the semi-final combined with a premature elimination of the Scotsman would suffice.
Murray was unstoppable at the end of 2016, the Scotsman is unrecognisable since the recovery. At the same time, he was struck by his number 1 status and injured at the hip. The subject of his majesty gradually faded, leaving Roger and Rafa to battle for the No. 1 spot. 2016 to better prepare the Olympic Games, Andy, released head-low Wimbledon (beaten quart by Querrey), will take advantage of the event to test himself physically. Triple winner of the Rogers Cup (2009, 2010, 2015), he dreams of being reborn from his ashes in caribou. We still have the feeling that now, everybody - or almost - can "type" the number 1. Sad.
The absence of Djokovic, combined with Murray's total form, redistributes some cards. If Federer and Nadal will be difficult to stop, doors open for those who avoid their part of the picture. We especially think of Milos Raonic . Finalist in front of his public in 2013, the Canadian will want to show his best face. Punished by Federer in Wimbledon’s quarter final, he remains one of the most serious outsiders.
Stan Wawrinka also will be closely monitored. Switched on by alternating current, Switzerland is still able to fly over a tournament when it feels the ball perfectly. After a very mixed start to the season, the 4th World Cup hopes to take advantage of the Montreal / Cincinnati sequel to prepare for the US Open. His chances are real.
Wim 'finalist, Marin Cilic also represents a real danger. Embarrassed by a bulb, the Croatian could not defend his chances against Roger on the lawn of London. Still, before this frustrating final, the 6th world had produced very great tennis. He can confirm in Montreal.
Thiem and Zverev will also try to make them speak in Canada. Taking a new dimension, the two bombers are programmed to position themselves one day on the highest step of the ATP circuit. As well as Nick Kyrgios . Capable of making everyone fall when he plays with passion in full possession of his means, the young Aussie can animate this tournament. Back from injury, Del Potro will also try to play a role in Montreal. Without pressure, the Argentinian aims to regain confidence in his physique before the US Open, theater of his greatest achievements (title 2009). Other outsiders include Dimitrov, Tsonga, Berdych, Isner, Nishikori and Monfils.
The ladies will also be honoured in Canada, on the Toronto side. A tournament made more open than ever by the absence of queen Serena Williams, about to give birth to her first child. Invited by the organisers, Maria Sharapova will want to test a thigh that had deprived her of the season on grass. Karolina Pliskova, the world number one player, will want to win the title. Halep, Muguruza, Kerber, Ostapenko, Mladenovic, Konta or Venus Williams are all contenders. An exciting tournament.
Article "Rogers Cup 2017 Montréal" updated in 18/08/2017
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