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Djokovic, Murray Headline Rogers Cup Draw

Montreal, Canada

Djokovic© ATPWorld No. 1 Djokovic signs autographs for fans in Montreal on Friday

The Rogers Cup, the sixth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 of the season gets underway in Montreal on Monday, featuring 17 of the Top 20 players in the Emirates ATP Rankings. Three of the top four players in the Emirates ATP Rankings, No. 1 Novak Djokovic, No. 2 Andy Murray and No. 4 Rafael Nadal, have accounted for seven of the past nine titles in Canada. The two-time reigning champion is Djokovic, who defeated Mardy Fish here two years ago and Richard Gasquet last year in Toronto. The last player to win three Canadian titles in a row was Ivan Lendl in 1987-89.

World No. 1 and Djokovic, who also won here in 2007, No. 2 Murray, who won titles in 2008-09 and No. 4 Nadal, a winner in 2005 and ’10, are the Rogers Cup champions in the 56-player field. Nadal leads the ATP World Tour with seven titles this year, including his eighth Roland Garros crown and three ATP Masters 1000 titles (Indian Wells, Madrid, Rome). Murray, a four-time winner this season, is playing in his first tournament since capturing his first Wimbledon title on July 7.

Djokovic is the top seed for the third year in a row and he opens against the winner of top Aussie Bernard Tomic and Florian Mayer. The Serb could meet No. 16 seed  countryman Janko Tipsarevic in the third round. Tipsarevic plays Denis Istomin in the first round. In the quarter-finals, Djokovic could face No. 7 seed/last year’s finalist Richard Gasquet or No. 9 seed Kei Nishikori.

In the second quarter of the draw, No. 4 seed Nadal takes on the winner of wild card Jesse Levine and Xavier Malisse. This is Nadal’s second hard court tournament of the season. In March, he won the title at ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells (d. del Potro).  The first seed Nadal could play is No. 15 Jerzy Janowicz, who last month advanced to the semi-finals at Wimbledon. The 22-year-old Pole is making his Rogers Cup debut. In the quarter-finals, Nadal’s possible seeded opponents are No. 8 Stanislas Wawrinka or No. 10 Tommy Haas. The top German plays a qualifier in the first round to play another qualifier in the second round. Wawrinka could face No. 2 German Philipp Kohlschreiber in the second round.

In the bottom half of the draw (third quarter), No. 3 seed David Ferrer, who reached his first Grand Slam final at Roland Garros, opens against the winner of a qualifier or Michael Llodra. Ferrer has never advanced past the third round in seven previous appearances. In the third round, the Spaniard could meet No. 14 Gilles Simon, who opens with former World No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko.  In the quarter-finals, Ferrer’s possible seeded opponents are No. 5 Tomas Berdych or No. 12 Nicolas Almagro. Unseeded World No. 20 and last year’s semi-finalist John Isner takes on Canadian wild card Vasek Pospisil with the winner to player Almagro or Radek Stepanek.

In the final quarter, No. 2 Murray opens against the winner of Grigor Dimitrov and Marcel Granollers, who is coming from Kitzbuehel after playing in the final on Saturday.  In the third round, Murray could play No. 13 seed Fabio Fognini, who recently won back-to-back titles and was runner-up in a third. Fognini takes on Marcos Baghdatis in the first round with the winner to play Ernests Gulbis or Feliciano Lopez.  In the quarter-finals, Murray’s possible seeded opponents are No. 6 Juan Martin del Potro, who was runner-up here in ’09, or No. 11 Milos Raonic. del Potro and Raonic could be a serving battle in the third round. The top Canadian opens with Frenchman Jeremy Chardy with the winner to face Mikhail Youzhny or Jurgen Melzer.

The last time a player ranked outside the Top 10 won the Rogers Cup was in 2002 when No. 19-ranked Guillermo Canas came in unseeded and beat four Top 10 opponents en route to the title (d. Roddick).

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