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Rafael Nadal leads the race to win 2019 Rogers Cup championship title

Rafael Nadal leads the race to win 2019 Rogers Cup championship title

Spanish player Rafael Nadal will begin his journey to defend the championship at the Masters 1000 in Montreal, Canada from August 5th to August 11th.

Sorting the number one seed, the Spanish player Rafael Nadal will play from the second round. As a result of the branching out, his first opponent might be Alex de Minaur who just won Atlanta Open 2019, if the young Next Gen talent won the opening match. Nadal won both matches against former De Minaur, in turn at Wimbledon last year and Australia Open earlier this year.

If the results are favorable, Nadal can reunite with David Goffin in the next round. The Belgian is also one of two people who won a set against Nadal in Roland Garros 2019. Fabio Fognini - who beat the Spanish player in the semi-final Monte Carlo 2019 on his journey to win the first Masters 1000 in career - is aiming to repeat that achievement in Montreal soon if the two of you have the opportunity to meet again in the quarterfinals.

Losing to Nadal in the finals last year, Stefanos Tsitsipas only won the Rogers Cup runner-up in 2018. Greek young talent is facing the opportunity to "avenge" if he has the opportunity to encounter each other in the semifinals this year. But first of all, Tsitsipas will have to overcome "obstacles" Milos Raonic or Taylor Fritz, before hitting Kei Nishikori in the quarterfinals.

The lower division is expected to be a fierce race between the names Dominic Thiem and No. 2 and Alexander Zverev - the German who won the Rogers Cup 2017 in the last tournament to take place in Montreal to have Second Masters title.

After the coronation at Indian Wells in March, Thiem was eager to add to the Masters 1000 collection. "Clay court prince" will be deployed from the second round against Canadian host, Denis Shapovalov or Pierre- French Hugues Herbert.

Before being able to face Zverev in the semi-finals, Thiem will have to overcome Daniil Medvedev, a Russian player who won only one ATP title this season in Sofia (Bulgaria) in February.

Zverev's path to the semifinals will also be uneven when the 2018 ATP Finals champion (beating Djokovic in the final) may face Kevin Anderson or Karen Khachanov. The first opponent of the third seed will be Marton Fucsovics or Cameron Norrie.

2019 Rogers Cup takes place on the hard court in Montreal (Canada) with Nadal and Simona Halep holding the men's singles and women's singles championship. Nadal has won four championships here (2005, 2008, 2013, 2018), with Djokovic's achievement - the world's number-one player absent from this year's tournament with Roger Federer due to the need for more resting time. after Wimbledon 2019.

Eight leading seeds in Rogers Cup 2019 man's singles (starting from the second round)

1. Rafael Nadal

2. Dominic Thiem

3. Alexander Zverev

4. Stefanos Tsitsipas

5. Kei Nishikori

6. Karen Khachanov

7. Fabio Fognini

8. Daniil Medvedev