Raonic Among Montreal Threats For Djokovic
World No. 1 Djokovic faces testing draw on return in Montreal
The Serb, a three-time winner of the Canadian ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown, finds himself in the same half of the draw as Stan Wawrinka, the man who beat him in the Roland Garros final, fifth seed Tomas Berdych and home favourite Milos Raonic.
To earn a quarter-final clash with Djokovic, Berdych will have to navigate his way through a section of the draw that includes Kevin Anderson and the in-form Dominic Thiem, who saw a 10-match winning run finally end in the Kitzbuhel semi-finals on Friday.
Wawrinka, who was present at the draw ceremony in Montreal on Friday evening, is also set to play for the first time since Wimbledon, where he reached the quarter-finals. The Swiss will be tested from the start as he faces Fernando Verdasco or Nick Kyrgios in his opening second-round match, before a likely third round against Wimbledon quarter-finalist and home hope Vasek Pospisil or the in-form John Isner.
Raonic, seeded eighth, reached his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final in Montreal two years ago. The Toronto native, whose season has been marred by injury, faces a tricky opener in either Jerzy Janowicz or Ivo Karlovic. He is seeded to face Wimbledon semi-finalist Richard Gasquet in the third round before a projected clash with Wawrinka.
Seeded seventh, Nadal is looking for a strong showing on the North American hard courts this summer to mount a charge in the race to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. The Spaniard has won the Canadian Masters 1000 three times, most recently two years ago in Montreal. He opens his bid against Sergiy Stakhovsky or Canadian wild card Filip Peliwo.
Murray, who is coming off a surprise defeat to Teymuraz Gabashvili at the Citi Open, faces Tommy Robredo or Feliciano Lopez in his Montreal opener. The Scot, a two-time champion in Canada, could face No. 15 seed Gael Monfils in the third round, though the Frenchman has a blockbuster opener against Fabio Fognini. Murray is projected to face sixth seed Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals, though defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is also in that section, but the Frenchman has a tough opener against young gun Borna Coric.