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Djokovic© ATPNovak Djokovic attended the Rogers Cup draw ceremony at the Ontario Legislative Building.

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic will seek to become the third member of the 20-title club at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level when the Rogers Cup commences on Monday. He joins second seed Roger Federer and 17 of the Top 20 players in the Emirates ATP Rankings in Toronto.

The 27 year old accompanied tournament director Karl Hale and Lieutenant Governor of Ontario David C. Onley for the draw ceremony at the Ontario Legislative Building in Queens Park.

Djokovic, the top seed for the fourth consecutive year, is seeking his fourth title on Canadian soil, having prevailed in 2007 (d. Federer), 2011 (d. Fish) and 2012 (d. Gasquet). The Serb, who receives a first round bye, will open with either Gael Monfils or Radek Stepanek. He has a tricky path ahead of him, with two-time semi-finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga a potential third round opponent and two-time champion (2009-‘10) Andy Murray, seeded eighth, also in his quarter of the draw.

With a title, Djokovic would join Rafael Nadal (27) and Roger Federer (21) as the only players with 20 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crowns. Two-time runner-up Richard Gasquet (2006, ‘12) faces Vasek Pospisil, a semi-finalist last year, in a scintillating opening round match-up.

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Also in the World No. 1’s half of the draw is third seed Stan Wawrinka, who claimed his maiden trophy at the Masters 1000 level in Monte-Carlo earlier this year. The Swiss opens with either Alejandro Falla or a qualifier, and could potentially duel with the winner of a blockbuster third-round battle between No. 7 seed Grigor Dimitrov and Japan’s leading man Kei Nishikori. Wawrinka, a three-time tour-level titlist in 2014, enjoyed his best result in Canada in 2011 when he reached the quarter-finals.

The bottom half of the draw is led by two-time Rogers Cup champion Roger Federer. The top Swiss is seeking his first crown at the event since 2006, when he defeated Gasquet. Federer also triumphed in 2004 (d. Roddick). Federer, who also receives a first-round bye, begins his quest against the winner of wild card Peter Polansky and Jerzy Janowicz. A potential quarter-final meeting with fifth seed David Ferrer looms large. No. 10 seed John Isner, who could face Ferrer in the third round, eyes the fifth Emirates Airline US Open Series title of his career.

If the seeds hold, Federer's semi-final opponent would be the winner of a high-powered quarter-final encounter between home favourite and 2013 runner-up Milos Raonic and fourth seed Tomas Berdych. Raonic will seek to go a step further at his home tournament after a final loss to Rafael Nadal last year. His journey commences against either wild card Jack Sock or Jurgen Melzer.

No. 11 seed Ernests Gulbis or former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt could potentially be waiting in the third round. Berdych, meanwhile, will need to get past a section of Spaniards, led by 14th seed Roberto Bautista Agut and Tommy Robredo, to earn his fourth quarter-final berth at the Rogers Cup.

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal has been forced to withdraw with a wrist injury and will miss the subsequent ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Cincinnati, the Western & Southern Open, as well.

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