Nadal & Djokovic Headline Doubles Draw As Bryans Seek First Montreal Crown
Singles stars abound in the Rogers Cup doubles draw, with five of the Top 10 players in the Emirates ATP Rankings in action.
Spaniards Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco open with a blockbuster clash against Tomas Berdych and Jack Sock. Nadal, who opens his quest for a fourth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 doubles title, is joining forces with his compatriot for the first time in 10 years. He previously claimed Masters 1000 trophies in Monte-Carlo 2008 (w/Robredo) and Indian Wells 2010, '12 (w/M Lopez).
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is in search of his fourth singles title in Canada and will partner with countryman Janko Tipsarevic on the doubles court. They are teaming for the second time at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level this year, having fallen in the Miami first round in March. The Serbs open against Andreas Seppi and Viktor Troicki, with a second round clash against fourth seeds Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea looming.
Other high-profile doubles duels include an Aussie-French encounter as Lleyton Hewitt and Nick Kyrgios battle Gael Monfils and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Also, two-time champion Leander Paes (1997, '04) eyes doubles success with Andy Murray, facing Kevin Anderson and Jeremy Chardy in the first round. Recent Gstaad singles finalists David Goffin and Dominic Thiem join forces opposite Feliciano Lopez and Max Mirnyi, with a second-round meeting against top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan in the cards.
The Bryans are four-time Rogers Cup champions (2002, '06, '10, '12), but have yet to hoist the trophy in Montreal. They are flanked by second seeds and last year's runners-up Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo and third seeds Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau, who are contesting their first tournament since winning on the lawns of Wimbledon. Two-time defending champions Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares are seeded sixth.