Rogers Cup 2012: Schedule, Live Stream, Start Time and Preview
World class tennis returns to Canada this week as the Rogers Cup gets underway from Toronto, where the sport's best, including Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray, will attempt to add another tournament win to their resume in preparation for this summer's US Open.
Djokovic is the defending champion at the event, while recently-crowned Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray has won the tournament twice.
Here's everything you need to know to catch all of the men's singles hard court action from Canada this week.
When: Monday, August 6 to Sunday, August 12
Where: Rexall Centre, Toronto, Canada
Live Stream: TennisTV.com
2012 Rogers Cup Schedule:
|Date||Round||Start Time (ET)|
|Monday, August 6||1st Round||11 a.m.|
|Tuesday, August 7||1st/2nd Round||11 a.m.|
|Wednesday, August 8||2nd Round||11 a.m.|
|Thursday, August 9||3rd Round||11 a.m.|
|Friday, August 10||Quarterfinals||11 a.m.|
|Saturday, August 11||Semifinals||11:30 a.m.|
|Sunday, August 12||Finals||5 p.m.|
*All Information Courtesy of RogersCup.com.
Will The Djoker Return to Form?
Since outlasting Rafael Nadal in last January's epic Australian Open final, Novak Djokovic has begun to look more and more vulnerable. Djokovic lost to Nadal in the French Open final, and then fell to Roger Federer at Wimbledon, losing his No. 1 ranking in the process.
Novak's latest shortcoming came again at Wimbledon, the site of this summer's Olympic Games. Djokovic fell to Andy Murray in the men's singles semifinals and was beaten by Juan Martin Del Potro in the bronze medal match.
Can Nole rebound this week in Toronto?
My answer is yes. The world No. 2 is well aware that the 2012 US Open is on the horizon, and that he needs to reach top form by the time he takes to the Grand Slam stage for the last time in 2012.
Will Olympic Gold Change Murray?
Who top-ranked star will win the Rogers Cup?
Although it wasn't a Grand Slam final, Andy Murray destroyed Roger Federer in a men's singles final at Wimbledon this past weekend.
It will be very interesting to see how Murray's most recent individual tennis success translates to the Rogers Cup and ultimately to the 2012 US Open. Murray has won this tournament before, and with both Rafael Nadal and Federer sitting out, the stage is set for a potential Djokovic-Murray final in Toronto.
I would have to give the edge to Murray though. He is playing with incredible confidence after a deep run at Wimbledon and winning an Olympic gold medal for Great Britain at the prestigious All England Club.
Although the transition from grass to hard court makes a significant difference, Djokovic is still in the midst of tweaking his game for what he hopes will be a repeat at the US Open this summer.
With that said, I like the 2012 London Olympic gold medalist to walk away with his third-career Rogers Cup title next weekend in Toronto.
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