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On the short of the Rogers Cup, featuring Spanish Rafael Nadal is a particular favorite.
Canadians Vasek Pospisil and Peter Polansky have both been victims of a draw unhappy at the Rogers Cup, as the two men, who have obtained a pass from the organizers, will have to battle it out in the first round.
This is what they were taught in the late afternoon so that the draw has been made at the Uniprix stadium.
The winner of this duel will not be the end of his troubles, since it will have rubbing from the second round to Switzerland’s Roger Federer, seeded no. 2.
Denis Shapovalov, the other owner of a pass, has had more vein then he will face a player from the qualifications. At the top of the table, he might find himself facing the and Spanish favorite Rafael Nadal in the round of 16, or even in the face Milos Raonic, seeded no. 6, in the quarterfinals.
Federer has triumphed in Melbourne and at Wimbledon this year, earning his 18th and 19th titles of the Grand Slam. Nadal became the champion of Roland Garros for a 10th time.
Raonic, who will begin his tournament in the second round, will face the winner of the duel between the Russian Daniil Medvedev in the French Adrian Mannarino.
Brayden Schnur, the other Canadian guest of the organizers, will face the French Richard Gasquet, 29th racket in the world, in the first round.
The other players are holding the pass for the first round are the Austrian, Dominic Thiem (#3 seed), the German Alexander Zverev (no. 4), the Japanese Kei Nishikori (no. 5), the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov (no. 7) and the French Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (no. 8). The latter was present at the draw.
The popular Gael Monfils, of france, will face American Steve Johnson in the first round.
For the ladies
On the women’s side in Toronto, among the duels notable as the curtain rises, we should note Françoise Abanda against Lucie Safarova, and Eugenie Bouchard in the face of a qualified.
Abanda will be a fourth presence at the Rogers Cup. It is 133rd in the WTA tour, while Safarova is 41st.
“It is sure that the atmosphere is different at the Rogers Cup, said Abanda, an athlete of 20-year-old Montreal. There are a lot of journalists and for applications outside of the field, but it is great to be able to count on the support of the crowd. This is a very nice atmosphere. I hope to benefit from the energy of the audience. “
If she departed this qualified, Bouchard, 73rd in the world, should face in the second round, the German Angelique Kerber, the third player in the world.
The player from Westmount, has reached the third round in Montreal last year.
The favorite is the Czech Karolina Pliskova, a finalist at Flushing Meadows last year. It could be measured against Kerber in the semi-final.
Another potential semi-final would set the stage Simona Halep and Garbine Muguruza.