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  • Top Seeds: Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev, Juan Martin Del Potro, Kevin Anderson
  • Defending champion: Alexander Zverev
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TORONTO, CANADA – While Rafael Nadal makes his comeback to the ATP World Tour since losing the Wimbledon semi-final, is this the swing that will see Alexander Zverev come good?

 

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Rogers Cup Draw & Results

Tournament Website
Order of Play
Singles
Doubles
Qualifying

 

The Top Seeds

[1] Rafael Nadal

Nadal makes a start on the summer US hard court swing with the first of the back to back Masters events, this year in Toronto. A three time champion in the various iterations of the tournament, that switches locations with Montreal every year, his last outing ended quite quickly last year, but did not dent his momentum as he went on to win the US Open.

On paper, Nadal’s head to head against his possible opponents on the way to the final is towering, but there is always an element of rust in the early stages of a return to the tour after a long rest.

Nadal’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Benoit Paire
  • R3: Nick Kyrgios [16]
  • QF: Marin Cilic [6]
  • SF: Juan Martin Del Potro [3]
  • F: Alexander Zverev [2]

 

[2] Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev in the semi-final of the ATP Mutua Madrid Open, 2018

Alexander Zverev in the semi-final of the ATP Mutua Madrid Open, 2018 | JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

There is no doubt that Zverev is a player in form right now. He handed young Alex De Minaur quite the lesson in his first ATP World Tour final, as he retained the Washington title, and will be mounting a second title defence.

It is quite a tricky path from the time he hits the first couple of seeds, although we could argue that he has been quite consistent over the year – not necessarily something you would say about Jack Sock in 2018, and while Dominic Thiem has usually had the upper hand on the clay and once on indoor hard courts, you would need to trust Zverev more on this surface than Thiem who spent the time post Wimbledon playing on clay.

Zverev’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: David Ferrer
  • R3: Jack Sock [13]
  • QF: Dominic Thiem [7]
  • SF: Kevin Anderson [4]
  • F: Rafael Nadal [1]

 

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[4] Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open, ATP Indian Wells 2018

Kevin Anderson in the fourth round of the BNP Paribas Open, ATP Indian Wells 2018 | (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Having endured a bit of a roller-coaster at Wimbledon, from that epic semi-final to a fairly one-sided final, Anderson is another player who has made the most of a long period of rest. He will be looking to build momentum to defend US Open final points, so getting past the quarter-finals for the first time in a Rogers Cup would be a good start.

On paper, Grigor Dimitrov could be his toughest mark, but the Bulgarian has been far from his best this season, and should he survive that possible encounter, he would have to get his first win over the in-form Zverev to reach a final showdown with Nadal.

Anderson’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Andrey Rublev
  • R3: Roberto Bautista Agut [15]
  • QF: Grigor Dimitrov [5]
  • SF: Alexander Zverev [2]
  • F: Rafael Nadal [1]
The Rogers Cup takes place between 6-12 August (BST -5 hours)

 

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