Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal won’t be on the courts at the Canada Open, but there will still be something for fans in Montreal. Starting with a second round that sent the powder between Daniil Medvedev (n°1 and defending champion) and Nick Kyrgios, recent Wimbledon finalist against Novak Djokovic, provided that the Australian (63rd) gets rid of the Argentinian Sebastian Baez (31st) on the first tour.
Exempted from the first round, the Russian would immediately get into the heart of the matter if he had to face Kyrgios. If the Australian leads 2-1 in their head-to-head, Medvedev won their last encounter at the Australian Open earlier this year (7-6 , 6-4, 4-6, 6-2). The seeded No. 1 also benefits from a table within its reach with the prospect of a round of 16 against Denis Shapovalov or Grigor Dimitrov, neither of them currently showing great regularity. In the quarters, Medvedev could find Diego Schwartzman (15th) or Hubert Hurkacz (11th). Possible opponent in the semi-finals, Félix Auger-Aliassime (9th) will be keen to give everything in front of his audience.
Back to business for Gaël Monfils
Moreover, the seeded n°2 and n°4 at the ATP, the Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz will play his first match against Tommy Paul or Vasek Pospisil. It is in this same half of the table that we find Gaël Monfils (20th) who will face Pedro Martinez (52nd). An affordable first round, even if the Frenchman has not been seen in competition since last May. He could continue against an Aslan Karatsev (36th), not necessarily confident, or Maxime Cressy (32nd).
Opposed to a qualifier in the first round, the Dane Holger Rune (28th) could then rub shoulders with Matteo Berrettini if the seeded n ° 11 passes the obstacle Pablo Carreno Busta (23rd). Note a possible 100% Italian round of 16 between Matteo Berrettini (14th) and Jannik Sinner (10th). Stefanos Tsitsipas (5th) also appears in this raised half of the table and will start in the second round against a qualifier, he could then find Monfils on his way.
Four French in qualification
On the French side, in addition to Gaël Monfils, only Benjamin Bonzi (51st) was able to directly access the final table of the tournament. He will face the American Frances Tiafoe (27th) in the first round, before a possible match against Andy Murray (50th) or Taylor Fritz (13th).
Benoît Paire (112th), Arthur Rinderknech (69th), Hugo Gaston (74th) and Quentin Halys (73rd) have entered the qualifications and will seek to insert the final table.