The top tennis players in the world will compete at the Rogers Cup in Toronto as they all attempt to prepare for the 2014 U.S. Open.
With eight of the top nine players in the world rankings in a draw filled with 56 quality players, this is certain to be an exciting week of action.
Novak Djokovic enters the tournament as the favorite after winning the event three times in his career. The No. 1 player in the world is coming off a win at Wimbledon, but he has not competed in over a month since.
Additionally, he discussed the problems with this being his first hard-court tournament in a long time, via Michael Traikos of the National Post:
I haven’t played a hard-court match since the Miami final last year. That’s the reason why I arrived here yesterday. One thing is to practice, the other is to play an official match. I’m looking forward to the first match even though the draw is terrible for me.
Meanwhile, this tournament is loaded with challengers even without Rafael Nadal, who withdrew with a wrist injury.
With Djokovic, Murray, and Wawrinka all the top half, he has a very workable draw to make his second ATP Masters 1000 of the season. David Ferrer is the top seed in his quarter, with Tomas Berdych and last year's finalist Milos Roanic the top seeds in the other quarter. The last time Federer won the Rogers Cup was in 2006 when it was hosted in Toronto, though he has not played the tournament the last two years.
On the other hand, do not be surprised to see a tournament full of upsets with a deep list of both seeded and unseeded players capable of beating anyone.
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