Nadal Relishing Montreal Memories
Spaniard chasing a fourth Canadian crown
A three-time champion at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Canada, Rafael Nadal returns to the Rogers Cup for the 10th time, looking to build on his 26-6 tournament record.
The Spaniard hoisted the trophy in Montreal on two occasions in 2005 (d. Agassi) and 2013 (d. Raonic) and eyes a strong start to his Emirates Airline US Open Series.
"I feel lucky for all the things that have happened in these 10 years (in Canada)," said Nadal. "I've enjoyed these great moments. In general, it's been a fantastic 10 years for me and it's great to be back in Montreal where I won twice. It's a tournament that stays in my memory."
Nadal enters the sixth Masters 1000 tournament of the year on the heels of a title run on the clay of Hamburg - his second in the German metropolis. Looking to put an "up-and-down" first seven months of the year behind him, the Spaniard hopes to push forward on the North American hard courts.
"It's always about adapting your tennis. There's a different way of hitting the ball, but at the end of the day it's tennis. Hamburg had been a positive week for me. Mentally I was stable all week, something that I wasn't able to do very often this season. My mental powers have been up and down more. Hamburg was not the case and I'm working well.
"This season I had so many important moments and I had the chance to get positive feelings in matches that I lost."
Seventh seed Nadal opens his Montreal campaign against either Canadian wild card Filip Peliwo or Sergiy Stakhovsky. A potential quarter-final clash with fourth seed and Citi Open titlist Kei Nishikori looms. No. 2 Andy Murray and defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are also in his half of the draw.