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Federer, Wawrinka Open Toronto Campaigns Tuesday

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Federer© Getty ImagesRoger Federer opens his campaign against Canadian Peter Polansky.

• FEDERER, WAWRINKA OPEN: Two-time Rogers Cup champion Roger Federer and No. 3 seed Stan Wawrinka open their accounts on Day 2 at the Rexall Centre. Federer goes up against Canadian Peter Polansky for the first time, while Wawrinka will look to avenge last year’s opening round defeat to Benoit Paire when he clashes with the Frenchman in the evening session. Last year’s semi-finalist Vasek Pospisil also opens on Stadium today. The Canadian, who reached a maiden ATP World Tour final in Washington D.C. at the weekend (l. to Raonic), takes on No. 12 seed Richard Gasquet for the second week in a row. 

• CHASING NO. 80: Federer makes his return to Canada for the first time since 2011 (l. to Tsonga in 3R). He is seeking his 80th career title and 22nd at ATP Masters 1000 level this week. The No. 2 seed, who turns 33 on Friday, won both his ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Canada titles in Toronto in 2004 and 2006. The world No. 3 enters with a 40-8 record this season (24-4 on hard), winning titles in Dubai and Halle. This time last year he had 30 wins to his name, 10 fewer than this year.

• POSPISIL LOOKING UP: The world No. 27 and compatriot Milos Raonic made history on Sunday when they contested the first all-Canadian ATP World Tour final in the Open Era. It was Pospisil’s first outing in a Tour-level final. After failing to win a match from March through May (0-8 record), Pospisil has turned his season around in recent weeks, reaching the QF or better at four of the last five events he has contested. At the Rogers Cup last year, the 24-year-old advanced to his first Masters 1000 SF (l. to Raonic) before going on to finish a season in the Top 100 for the first time at No. 32. Pospisil reunites with doubles partner Jack Sock later today also. The duo, who teamed up for the first time last month to win the Wimbledon and Atlanta titles, take a 10-match winning streak into their opening doubles match against Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

• KYRGIOS RETURNS: Nick Kyrgios is set to make his Masters 1000 debut against Santiago Giraldo today. The 19-year-old burst on the scene at Wimbledon, defeating world No. 14 Richard Gasquet and No. 1 Rafael Nadal (l. to Raonic) en route to the QF (l. to Raonic). In the last six weeks, he’s climbed more than 100 ranking spots. The world No. 70 is the only teen in the Top 100.

• GOING FOR 450: Mikhail Youzhny, who plays Fabio Fognini today, is bidding for his 450th Tour-level win (449-328). He is one of four Russians to have 400+ career wins: Yevgeny Kafelnikov (609), Nikolay Davydenko (482), Youzhny (449) and Marat Safin (422). 

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Santiago Giraldo (COL) vs [WC] Nick Kyrgios (AUS)

FedEx Head 2 Head: First ATP World Tour meeting

Giraldo’s only previous appearance at the Rogers Cup was a 1R exit in 2010 (l. to Llodra).
• Giraldo arrives in Toronto after a QF showing in Washington D.C. last week (l. to Pospisil). 
• Giraldo’s highlight of the season came at the ATP 500 event in Barcelona where he defeated three Top 30 players en route to the final (l. to Nishikori). 
• In Vina del Mar in February, Giraldo collected his 100th Tour-level match-win en route to the SF (l. to L Mayer). He also reached the final four in Houston in April (l. to Verdasco). 
• Giraldo has already surpassed his match wins total from last season (16) with 25 wins this year. 
• Giraldo sits at a career-high No. 30 in the Emirates ATP Rankings this week.
• Giraldo finished 2013 inside the Top 75 for the fourth straight year, highlighted by three ATP World Tour QF appearances – Acapulco, Bogota and Atlanta.
Kyrgios is making his ATP World Tour Masters 1000 debut. 
• Kyrgios returns to action for the first time since a breakthrough performance at Wimbledon, where he posted wins over world No. 14 Richard Gasquet and No. 1 Rafael Nadal en route to the QF (l. to Raonic). The young Australian was the first teenager to defeat a world No. 1 at a Grand Slam since Nadal defeated Federer at Roland Garros in 2005, aged 19 years and 2 days. 
• Before Wimbledon, Kyrgios had won three Tour-level matches. One came this year over Benjamin Becker in the 1R at the Australian Open (l. to Paire) and two came last year over Radek Stepanek at Roland Garros (l. to Cilic) and Michal Przysiezny, via an early retirement, in Davis Cup.
• Kyrgios, who came through qualifying to win the Nottingham Challenger before Wimbledon (d. Groth), rose from No. 173 in the Emirates ATP Rankings on June 9 to a career-high No. 65 on July 21. He is now ranked No. 70 – the only teenager inside the Top 100.
• Kyrgios is a former junior world No. 1, winning the Australian Open in 2013 (d. Kokkinakis).

Radek Stepanek (CZE) vs Gael Monfils (FRA)

FedEx Head 2 Head: Monfils leads 5-3

2005 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati Hard R64 Gael Monfils 6-3 6-2
2007 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Monte Carlo Clay R64 Radek Stepanek 6-0 2-0 ret
2008 Vienna (Austria) Hard R16 Gael Monfils 6-4 6-3
2009 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Paris Hard SF Gael Monfils 6-4 5-7 6-4
2010 Brisbane (Australia) Hard SF Radek Stepanek 6-2 6-1
2010 Tokyo (Japan) Hard SF Gael Monfils 6-3 6-3
2011 Hamburg (Germany) Clay R16 Gael Monfils 6-4 6-4
2011 Washington (USA) Hard F Radek Stepanek 6-4 6-4

Stepanek returns to the Rogers Cup for the 11th time. His best showing came in Montréal in 2007 when he reached the SF (l. to Federer). 
• Stepanek produced his best results of the season at the Queen’s Club, reaching the SF with wins over world No. 5 Andy Murray and No. 18 Kevin Anderson before falling to Feliciano Lopez. It marked the first time the Czech had reached the final four at an ATP World Tour event in more than two years. He also reached the SF in Bogota last month (l. to Karlovic). 
• Despite missing three months of the 2013 season after undergoing neck disc surgery on January 21, Stepanek finished the year inside the Top 50 for the 10th time in 11 years. He was the second oldest member of the Top 50 (behind No. 12 Tommy Haas). In November, he helped his country to Davis Cup glory when Czech Republic beat Serbia 3-2 with Stepanek winning the decisive fifth rubber over Dusan Lajovic. It was the second year in a row the Czechs emerged victorious.
Monfils returns to the Rogers Cup for the fifth time and for the first time since reaching the QF in Montréal in 2011 (l. to Djokovic). 
• Monfils returns to competitive action for the first time since Wimbledon (l. to Vesely in 2R) after a right knee injury forced him out of Atlanta and Washington D.C.
• Monfils returned to the Top 20 in the Emirates ATP Rankings for the first time since the week of July 30, 2012 after a QF appearance at his home Grand Slam in Paris (l. to Murray 6-0 in 5th set). Since then he has dropped back to No. 22. 
• Monfils captured the fifth title of his career in Montpellier in February (d. Gasquet). He also advanced to the final in his season opener in Doha (d. No. 9 Gasquet in 2R, l. to Nadal in F).
• Monfils returned to the Top 50 in 2013 after falling as low as No. 119 in May. He has now finished the season ranked in the Top 50 of the Emirates ATP Rankings in eight of the last nine seasons.

[12] Richard Gasquet (FRA) vs Vasek Pospisil (CAN)

FedEx Head 2 Head: Pospisil leads 2-0

2013 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Shanghai Hard R64 Vasek Pospisil 6-3 6-4
2014 Washington (USA) Hard SF Vasek Pospisil 6-7(5) 6-3 7-5

Gasquet is set to make his ninth appearance at the Rogers Cup. The Frenchman is a two-time runner-up here, reaching the final in 2006 (l. to Federer) and 2012 (l. to Djokovic). 
• Gasquet’s standout performances this year have been final appearances on home soil in Montpellier in February (l. to Monfils) and Eastbourne in June (l. to F Lopez). He’s still hunting for his first title of the year. 
• A back injury kept Gasquet sidelined for much of the clay-court season. After reaching the 4R in Miami (l. to Federer) he didn’t return to competitive action until Roland Garros where he advanced to the 3R (l. to Verdasco). His ranking dropped to No. 14 in that time. 
• Gasquet ended 2013 with a personal-best 50 match wins, finishing as the highest-ranked Frenchman for the first time since 2007. He won three titles – Doha, Montpellier and Moscow. 
Pospisil returns to the Rogers Cup for the fourth year in a row. He enjoyed a breakout performance here last year, reaching the SF at a Masters 1000 event for the first time (l. to Raonic). 
• Pospisil is producing his best tennis of the year. He has reached the QF or better at four of his last five events: ‘s-Hertogenbosch (l. to Becker in QF), Bogota (l. to Tomic in QF), Atlanta (l. to Sela in QF) and Washington (l. to Raonic in F). 
• Last week at the Citi Open, Pospisil and Raonic made history when they contested the first all-Canadian ATP World Tour final. Pospisil posted Top 15 wins over world No. 5 Tomas Berdych and today’s opponent, Gasquet, en route to the final. 
• Pospisil opened his season in Chennai where he reached the SF (l. to Wawrinka). At the Australian Open he was forced to withdraw ahead of his 3R clash with Stan Wawrinka due to a back injury, which inhibited his form for much of the first half of the season. From February through May, the Canadian failed to win a match, going 0-8. 
• Pospisil won a maiden Grand Slam doubles title at Wimbledon last month. The 24-year-old teamed up with Jack Sock to beat the world No. 1 duo Bob and Mike Bryan in five sets in the final. 
• Pospisil rose almost 100 spots in the Emirates ATP Rankings in 2013, jumping from No. 127 to 32. The No. 2 Canadian (behind Raonic) reached three ATP World Tour SFs in 2013. His year was highlighted by a SF appearance at this Masters 1000 event in Montreal (l. to Raonic).

[WC] Peter Polansky (CAN) vs [2] Roger Federer (SUI)

FedEx Head 2 Head: First ATP World Tour meeting

Polansky, a wild card entry, opened the home contingent's campaign in Toronto by defeating Poland's Jerzy Janowicz 7-6(5), 6-4 in the 1R. 
• Polansky is making his eighth appearance at the Rogers Cup. He has fallen in the 1R in five of his seven previous visits and has never gone beyond the 2R. 
• In Bogota last month, Polansky posted his first Tour-level main draw win since the 2010 US Open when he saw off Colombian world No. 329 Nicolas Barrientos in the 1R (l. to Estrella Burgos).
Federer, seeded No. 2 this week, returns to the Rogers Cup for the 11th time. He has reached the final four times, winning the title in Toronto in 2004 (d. Roddick) and 2006 (d. Gasquet). 
• Federer is set to make his first competitive appearance since falling to Novak Djokovic in five sets in the Wimbledon final. He had been bidding to win his eighth crown at the All England Club. 
• Federer clinched the first of his two titles this season and 78th overall in Dubai in February (d. world No. 2 Djokovic in SF and No. 6 Berdych in F). The Swiss moved clear of John McEnroe (77 titles) into third place on the all-time title list, behind Jimmy Connors (109) and Ivan Lendl (94).
• In Halle, Federer won his 79th title and 14th on grass, defeating Alejandro Falla in the final.
• Federer has fallen in four finals in 2014: Brisbane (l. to Hewitt), Indian Wells (l. to Djokovic), Monte-Carlo (l. to Wawrinka) and Wimbledon (l. to Djokovic). 
• In 2013, Federer became the oldest player to finish a season inside the Top 10 since Andre Agassi (35) in 2005. He was also the first player since Pete Sampras (1990-2001) to finish in the Top 10 for 12 years in a row. His streak of 11 straight years inside the Top 5 came to an end.
• Federer leads the way in matches won at Masters 100 level and is closing in on 300. Top 5:

[3] Stan Wawrinka (SUI) vs [Q] Benoit Paire (FRA)

FedEx Head 2 Head: Wawrinka leads 2-1

Wawrinka returns to Canada’s flagship tennis tournament for the eighth time. His best showing was a QF appearance in Montréal in 2011 (l. to Fish). The world No. 4 lost to today’s opponent, Paire, in his opening match at last year’s Rogers Cup
• Wawrinka is making his first competitive appearance since reaching the QF at Wimbledon for the first time last month (l. to Federer). 
• Wawrinka opened the 2014 season with victory in Chennai (d. Roger-Vasselin) and a maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. In Melbourne, the Swiss posted three Top 10 wins en route to victory, including a four-set win over world No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the final. 
• In April in Monte-Carlo, Wawrinka clinched the first ATP Masters 1000 title of his career, once again defeating three Top 10 players en route to the title (d. Federer in F). It was just his second win over compatriot Federer in 15 meetings between the pair. 
• Wawrinka enjoyed a standout season in 2013, winning a personal-best 51 matches (nine vs. Top 10 opponents) and he was the lone new addition to the year-end Top 10. His prize money total of $2,880,925 was his highest return in a single season – something he has already topped this season, surpassing the $3m mark in the opening four months of 2014. 
Paire opened his account on Monday with a 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-2 defeat of Alejandro Falla
• Paire reached the 3R on his Rogers Cup debut last year (d. No. 10 Wawrinka, l. to Matosevic). 
• Paire’s best performances this year were QF appearances in Chennai (l. to Granollers after letting slip one MP) and Casablanca (l. to Garcia-Lopez). 
• Paire has struggled with a knee injury this year, withdrawing from a handful of events in April/May. 
• Paire improved his year-end ranking for the sixth year in succession in 2013, finishing No. 26 with a personal-best 32-match wins. He has now finished the past three seasons in the Top 100, Top 50 and Top 30. 

GRANDSTAND

Andreas Seppi (ITA) vs [Q] Brayden Schnur (CAN)


FedEx Head 2 Head: First ATP World Tour meeting

Seppi is making his fifth appearance at the Rogers Cup. His lone win here came over Lukas Rosol in the 1R last year (l. to Nishikori).  
• Seppi has reached three QFs this year: Munich (l. to Haas), Düsseldorf (l. to Istomin) and last week in Kitzbühel (l. to Monaco). 
• Seppi dropped outside the Top 50 this week (No. 52) for the first time since October 2011. 
• Seppi helped Italy reach the Davis Cup SFs for the first time in 16 years with a 3-2 win over Great Britain at the start of April; beat James Ward in the fifth rubber after losing to Andy Murray
• Seppi finished 2013 inside the Top 25 for the second year in a row and reached the SF on five different occasions. He also had the most five-set wins on the ATP World Tour (7-1). 
Schnur is contesting his first ATP World Tour match today. 
• Schnur came through qualifying, beating Matthew Ebden and Yuichi Sugita without losing a set.
• Schnur won the Canadian Open Junior Championships 12 months ago.   

[SE] Donald Young (USA) vs [WC] Frank Dancevic (CAN)

FedEx Head 2 Head: First ATP World Tour meeting

Young is bidding for his first win at this Masters 1000 event after falling in the 1R in 2008 and 2012. 
• Young arrives in Toronto after reaching the SF in Washington D.C. last week – his first Tour-level SF appearance since 2011. He upset No. 21 Kevin Anderson en route to the SF (l. to Raonic).
• Young rose to No. 50 in the Emirates ATP Rankings this week, becoming the American No. 2 behind No. 14 John Isner
• Young finished 2013 inside the Top 100 for the third time, ending the season at No. 96.
Dancevic is set to make his 12th Rogers Cup appearance, having made his debut in 2002. His best run here came in 2007 when he reached the QF (l. to Nadal). He has fallen in the 1R seven times.
• Dancevic’s two Tour-level wins this year came against Go Soeda in Davis Cup at the end of January and against Ivo Karlovic in the 1R at Wimbledon as a lucky loser (l. to Kukushkin). 
• Dancevic played his part in Canada’s run to a first Davis Cup World Group SF last year. The 29-year-old clinched a valuable point for his country when they beat Spain 3-2 in the 1R, defeating world No. 34 Marcel Granollers in straight sets in the second singles rubber.

Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) vs [16] Fabio Fognini (ITA)

FedEx Head 2 Head: Youzhny leads 1-0

2013 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Madrid Clay R64 Mikhail Youzhny 7-6(4) 2-6 7-6(5)

Youzhny is making his 12th visit to this Masters 1000 event. He’s never gone beyond the 3R.
• Youzhny is bidding for his 450th Tour-level win today.
• Youzhny arrives in Toronto after reaching his third QF of the year in Gstaad (l. to Haase).
• Youzhny’s best showing of 2014 came last month in Stuttgart where he made the SF (l. to Rosol). 
• A back injury kept Youzhny out of action for the month of March.  
• The top Russian finished 2013 in the Top 20 for the fifth time in his career and the first since 2010. His year was highlighted by two ATP titles in Gstaad (d. Haase) and Valencia (d. No. 3 Ferrer).
Fognini returns to the Rogers Cup for the sixth time. His best run came on his debut in 2007 when he beat then world No. 14 Andy Murray to reach the 3R as a qualifier (l. to Federer). 
• Fognini’s best showing this year came in Vina del Mar in February where he clinched the third title of his career (d. L Mayer). He also reached the final in Buenos Aires (l. to Ferrer) during Latin America’s Golden Swing and the final in Munich in April (l. to Klizan).
• Fognini suffered back-to-back 3R exits at Roland Garros (l. to Monfils) and Wimbledon (l. to Anderson). He arrives in Toronto after a SF appearance in Umag (l. to Cuevas).
• Fognini enjoyed a standout year in 2013, becoming the first Italian to finish in the Top 20 since 1978. His year was highlighted by back-to-back crowns in Stuttgart and Hamburg – the first titles of his career – in July. His best performances came on clay, where he posted a 28-10 record.

Gilles Simon (FRA) vs Dominic Thiem (AUT)

FedEx Head 2 Head: Series tied 1-1

2014 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells Hard R64 Dominic Thiem 7-6(5) 6-2
2014 Nice (France) Clay R16 Gilles Simon 6-3 4-6 6-2

Simon is making his eighth visit to the Rogers Cup. His best result came in 2008 when he defeated world No. 1 Roger Federer en route to the SF (l. to Kiefer). The Frenchman has fallen in his opening match on his last four visits. 
• Simon’s best showing of the year came in Nice where he reached the SF (l. to Delbonis). He also made the QF this year in Acapulco in February (l. to Murray) and in Bucharest in April (l. to Rosol).
• Simon reached the 3R at both Roland Garros (l. to Raonic) and Wimbledon (l. to Djokovic). 
• Simon finished the 2013 season ranked inside the Top 20 in the Emirates ATP Rankings for the third year in a row and fifth time in six years. His year was highlighted by an 11th career title in Metz.
Thiem is making his Rogers Cup debut. 
• Thiem arrives in Toronto after reaching a maiden ATP World Tour final on home soil in Kitzbühel on Saturday. The Austrian No. 1 fell to fellow first-time finalist David Goffin in what was the youngest final of the year and the first in ATP history to feature two players born in the 1990s. The Washington final between Raonic and Pospisil became the second one day later. 
• Thiem rose to a career-high No. 44 in the Emirates ATP Rankings this week. At 20 years old, he is the youngest player in the Top 50.
• Thiem is enjoying a breakthrough year on Tour, collecting 17 match wins this season. He registered the biggest win of his young career when he defeated world No. 3 Stan Wawrinka at the ATP Masters 1000 Madrid in May (w/o vs F Lopez in 3R).
• Thiem has successfully come through qualifying a remarkable seven times this season. The only time the youngster failed to qualify in 2014 was in Acapulco where he lost in the final round of qualifying in a third set TB to Goffin. He is 17-1 in qualifying this year. 
• Thiem finished 2013 ranked inside the Top 125 and was the youngest player to do so. 

COURT 1

Joao Sousa (POR) vs [11] Ernests Gulbis (LAT)

FedEx Head 2 Head: Gulbis leads 1-0

2014 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells Hard R64 Ernests Gulbis 6-3 6-3

[WC] Jack Sock (USA) vs Jurgen Melzer (AUT)

FedEx Head 2 Head: First ATP World Tour meeting

[17] Tommy Robredo (ESP) vs Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)

FedEx Head 2 Head: Robredo leads 4-3

2007 Auckland (New Zealand) Hard QF Tommy Robredo 6-4 5-7 6-2
2008 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Hamburg Clay R64 Tommy Robredo 2-6 7-6(5) 6-3
2009 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (Italy) Clay R32 Tommy Robredo 6-2 7-6(5)
2009 Roland Garros (France) Clay R16 Tommy Robredo 6-4 5-7 7-6(4) 6-2
2009 ESP vs. GER WG QF (Spain) Clay RR P Kohlschreiber 6-3 6-4 6-4
2011 Beijing (China) Hard R32 P Kohlschreiber 6-3 7-6
2014 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (Italy) Clay R32 P Kohlschreiber 6-2 6-4

COURT 2

Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) vs Marcel Granollers (ESP)


FedEx Head 2 Head: First ATP World Tour meeting

Ivo Karlovic (CRO) vs [Q] Bernard Tomic (AUS)

FedEx Head 2 Head: Tomic leads 2-0

2013 Bangkok (Thailand) Hard R32 Bernard Tomic 6-7(3) 6-4 4-2 ret
2014 Bogota (Colombia) Hard F Bernard Tomic 7-6(5) 3-6 7-6(4)

Karlovic is making his sixth Rogers Cup appearance. His best run was a 3R showing on his last appearance in 2011 (l. to Berdych). He failed to come through qualifying last year. 
• Karlovic has been in impressive form this year, reaching four finals on four different surfaces – indoor hard, clay, grass and outdoor hard – in Memphis, Düsseldorf, Newport and Bogota.
• Karlovic ended the 2013 season ranked No. 77 in the world, marking his 11th straight Top 100 finish. His victory in Bogota made him the second oldest winner during the year (behind Haas, 35).
Tomic, who came through qualifying, returns to the Rogers Cup main draw for the fourth time. He has never gone beyond the 2R here. 
• Tomic won his second career title in Bogota last month (d. Karlovic). At No. 124 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, he was the lowest ranked winner of the year. It also marked the first time the Aussie had won consecutive matches since undergoing double hip surgery in late January. 
• Tomic returned to the Top 100 as a result of his showing in Bogota. He now sits at No. 74. 
• Tomic opened his season in Sydney where he reached his second final there (l. to Del Potro).
• In 2013, Tomic won his first Tour title in Sydney, making him the youngest winner of the year at 20. 

COURT 3

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs [LL] Malek Jaziri (TUN)


To Be Finished: 4-6, 5-5

FedEx Head 2 Head: First ATP World Tour meeting

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2013 Istanbul 2 (Turkey) Hard R16 G Garcia-Lopez 6-0 6-3


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