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Updated entry lists for the Montreal Masters, which will be the next chapter of the ATP World Tour calendar.

The Coupe Rogers in Montreal is taking place from the 5th to the 13th of August. The tournament, a big stop of the Us Open preparation, is a Master 1000 and the only Canadian ATP event, where the world’s best players will battle on outdoor hard courts.

Last year the tournament was played in Toronto and Novak Djokovic defeated Kei Nishikori in the final, while Andy Murray won the title in Montreal 2015. Djokovic will not be able to defend his title as he has already ended his season, but Roger Federer is set to be back after three years.

NEWS: Us Open champion Stan Wawrinka has pulled out due to injury.
NEWS: Marin Cilic and Fabio Fognini have withdrawn, they have been replaced by Daniil Medvedev and Hyeon Chung.
NEWS: Former champion Andy Murray has pulled out with hip injury. Ivo Karlovic and Pablo Cuevas are out as well.

 

ATP Master 1000 Montreal (CAN, Hard Outdoor), entry list:
OUT Murray, Andy GBR 1
2 Nadal, Rafael ESP 2
OUT Wawrinka, Stan SUI 3
OUT Djokovic, Novak SRB 4
5 Federer, Roger SUI 5
OUT Cilic, Marin CRO 6
7 Raonic, Milos CAN 7
8 Thiem, Dominic AUT 8
9 Nishikori, Kei JPN 9
10 Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried FRA 10
11 Dimitrov, Grigor BUL 11
12 Zverev, Alexander GER 12
13 Goffin, David BEL 13
14 Berdych, Tomas CZE 14
15 Pouille, Lucas FRA 15
16 Monfils, Gael FRA 16
17 Carreno Busta, Pablo ESP 17
18 Sock, Jack USA 18
19 Bautista Agut, Roberto ESP 19
20 Kyrgios, Nick AUS 20
21 Isner, John USA 21
22 Ramos-Vinolas, Albert ESP 22
OUT Karlovic, Ivo CRO 23
OUT Cuevas, Pablo URU 24
25 Lopez, Feliciano ESP 25
26 Muller, Gilles LUX 26
27 Gasquet, Richard FRA 27
28 Querrey, Sam USA 28
OUT Fognini, Fabio ITA 29
30 Zverev, Mischa GER 30
31 Johnson, Steve USA 31
32 del Potro, Juan Martin ARG 32
33 Lorenzi, Paolo ITA 33
34 Khachanov, Karen RUS 34
OUT Verdasco, Fernando ESP 35
OUT Simon, Gilles FRA 36
37 Schwartzman, Diego ARG 37
38 Haase, Robin NED 38
39 Ferrer, David ESP 39
40 Troicki, Viktor SRB 40
41 Harrison, Ryan USA 41
42 Coric, Borna CRO 42
43 Paire, Benoit FRA 43
OUT Klizan, Martin SVK 44
45 (SE)
46 (Q)
47 (Q)
48 (Q)
49 (Q)
50 (Q)
51 (Q)
52 (Q)
53 WC Pospisil, Vasek CAN 73
54 WC Polansky, Peter CAN 128
55 WC Shapovalov, Denis CAN 164
56 WC Schnur, Brayden CAN 213
Alternates:
IN Anderson, Kevin RSA 45
OUT Vesely, Jiri CZE 46
IN Young, Donald USA 47
IN Edmund, Kyle GBR 48
OUT Zeballos, Horacio ARG 49
OUT Struff, Jan-Lennard GER 50
IN Basilashvili, Nikoloz GEO 51
IN Medvedev, Daniil RUS 52
OUT Bellucci, Thomaz BRA 53
IN Chung, Hyeon KOR 54
OUT Evans, Daniel GBR 55

OUT Bedene, Aljaz GBR 56
OUT Kohlschreiber, Philipp GER 57
OUT Sousa, Joao POR 58
OUT Darcis, Steve BEL 59
OUT Tomic, Bernard AUS 60
OUT Tipsarevic, Janko SRB 61
IN Mannarino, Adrian FRA 62
IN Tiafoe, Frances USA 63
OUT Nishioka, Yoshihito JPN 64
IN Donaldson, Jared USA 65
IN Sugita, Yuichi JPN 66
1. Almagro, Nicolas ESP 67
2. Dutra Silva, Rogerio BRA 68
3. Herbert, Pierre-Hugues FRA 69

 

ATP Master 1000 Montreal (CAN, Hard Outdoor) Qualifying:
OUT Mannarino, Adrian FRA 41
OUT Sugita, Yuichi JPN 43
OUT Edmund, Kyle GBR 47
OUT Medvedev, Daniil RUS 49
OUT Young, Donald USA 50
OUT Chung, Hyeon KOR 54
OUT Donaldson, Jared USA 58
OUT Tiafoe, Frances USA 62
OUT Sousa, Joao POR 63
10 Escobedo, Ernesto USA 67
11 Baghdatis, Marcos CYP 68
12 Herbert, Pierre-Hugues FRA 72
13 Sela, Dudi ISR 73
14 Youzhny, Mikhail RUS 76
OUT Dzumhur, Damir BIH 79
OUT Kokkinakis, Thanasi AUS @81
17 Copil, Marius ROU 85
18 Fabbiano, Thomas ITA 86
19 Gombos, Norbert SVK 87
20 Gulbis, Ernests LAT @99
OUT Monteiro, Thiago BRA 103
22 Mahut, Nicolas FRA 110
OUT Granollers, Marcel ESP 111
OUT Marchenko, Illya UKR 112
25 WC Dancevic, Frank CAN 422
26 WC Bester, Philip CAN 456
27 WC Sigouin, Benjamin CAN 922
28 (WC)
Alternates:
OUT Fritz, Taylor USA 120
IN Opelka, Reilly USA 126
OUT Polansky, Peter CAN 128
OUT Kozlov, Stefan USA 129
OUT Shapovalov, Denis CAN 161
IN Millot, Vincent FRA 169
OUT Ito, Tatsuma JPN 170
IN Smyczek, Tim USA 194
IN Whittington, Andrew AUS 197
OUT Novikov, Dennis USA 203
IN McGee, James IRL 206
OUT Smith, John-Patrick AUS 208
IN Bhambri, Yuki IND 212
IN Klein, Brydan GBR 226
OUT Ram, Rajeev USA 235
OUT Ymer, Elias SWE 237
IN Ebden, Matthew AUS 249
IN Harris, Lloyd RSA 254
IN Peliwo, Filip CAN 266
IN Harrison, Christian USA 279
IN Hurkacz, Hubert POL 299
OUT Viola, Matteo ITA 320
IN Sarmiento, Raymond USA 326
IN Saville, Luke AUS 373
OUT Matosevic, Marinko AUS 390
OUT Glasspool, Lloyd GBR 402
IN Dodig, Ivan CRO 412
1. Mousley, Bradley AUS 421
2. Dancevic, Frank CAN 422
3. Nys, Hugo FRA 450
4. Bester, Philip CAN 456
5. Kobelt, Peter USA 502

 

 

 

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Cincinnati Daily Preview: Brits Andy Murray and Cam Norrie Meet in the Second Round

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A look at Center Court at the Lindner Family Tennis Center (twitter.com/cincytennis)

On Monday, Andy Murray overcame another three-time Major singles champion, Stan Wawrinka, in a three-hour thriller.  In the second round, he meets the new British No.1 Cam Norrie, who reached his first Slam semifinal last month at Wimbledon.

 

WTA action is headlined by three matches between Slam singles champs, which includes world No.1 Iga Swiatek.  Also on Wednesday, Rafael Nadal will play his first match since withdrawing from the Wimbledon semifinals.

Each day, this preview will analyze the two most intriguing matchups, while highlighting other notable matches on the schedule.  Wednesday’s play gets underway at 11:00am local time.


Andy Murray vs. Cameron Norrie – 11:00am on Center Court

Murray will be happy he had a day of rest after his emotionally and physically taxing match against Wawrinka.  He has compiled a solid record of 23-14 this season, with 2022 being his most active year since 2017, when his hip issues began.  But Norrie has taken his place as the top British male, and has really come into his own over the past 18 months.  Cam is now 38-18 this season, and has reached 10 finals since the start of last year.  Their only prior meeting occurred three years ago in Beijing, with Murray prevailing in a long, tight three-setter that lasted nearly three hours.  But three years later, Norrie is a much-improved competitor.  While playing your fellow countryman is often tricky, especially when they’ve been knighted, Cam should be favored to even their head-to-head.


Iga Swiatek (1) vs. Sloane Stephens (WC) – Not Before 3:00pm on Grand Stand

Swiatek is vying for her 50th win of the season on Wednesday, with 37 of those victories coming consecutively between February and July.  But since those 37 wins in a row, Iga is only 3-3, and suffered a frustrating loss last week in Toronto to Beatriz Haddad Maia 7-5 in the third after three hours of play.  Stephens continues to be a streaky player, as the 2017 US Open champion has gone on multiple winning and losing streaks of four matches or more throughout the year.  On Monday night, she crushed Alize Cornet 6-1, 6-0.  Sloane often plays her best tennis in American hard courts, and advanced to the third round or better of this tournament in seven straight appearances between 2012 and 2019.  These two Major champs have never played before.  Stephens could be primed for another win streak, and it would be understandable if Swiatek experienced a dip in her level after all the tennis she’s played this year.  Yet after dominating the tour for most of the year, Iga should still be favored.


Other Notable Matches on Wednesday:

Victoria Azarenka vs. Emma Raducanu (10) – It’s a two-time Australian Open champ against the reigning US Open champ.  Azarenka defeated Kaia Kanepi in three sets on Tuesday, while Raducanu easily prevailed over Serena Williams 6-4, 6-0.

Elena Rybakina vs. Garbine Muguruza (8) – It’s another two-time Major champ against the reigning Wimbledon champ.  Rybakina is 2-2 since her surprising run at The All-England Club, while Muguruza is a subpar 9-13 on the year.  They split two meetings last year, with Elena victorious in the more notable encounter, in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Olympics.

Taylor Fritz (11) vs. Nick Kyrgios – Fritz started the summer by winning the title in Eastbourne, while Kyrgios was the champion in Washington.  This will be their first career meeting.

Rafael Nadal (2) vs. Borna Coric (PR) – Despite his injury issues, Nadal is a staggering 35-3 in 2022, and 20-1 on hard courts.  Coric missed a full year of action due to shoulder surgery, and is just 12-12 at all levels since returning.  Borna has won two of their four previous meetings, including six years ago at this event.


Wednesday’s full Order of Play is here.

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Cincinnati Daily Preview: Serena Williams Plays Emma Raducanu, Venus Faces Karolina Pliskova

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Serena Williams practicing on Monday in Cincinnati (twitter.com/cincytennis)

In what is expected to be the next-to-last event of her storied career, Serena Williams will play her opening round match on Tuesday.  And in a blockbuster matchup, she faces reigning US Open champion Emma Raducanu.  Can the 19-year-old defeat the GOAT, or can Serena pull off one more high-profile victory before her career comes to an end?

 

Tuesday’s schedule in Cincinnati features many other top names as well.  Center Court alone also includes Naomi Osaka, Daniil Medvedev, Nick Kyrgios, and Venus Williams, who takes on Karolina Pliskova in a battle between two of the WTA’s all-time best servers.

Each day, this preview will analyze the two most intriguing matchups, while highlighting other notable matches on the schedule.  Tuesday’s play gets underway at 11:00am local time.


Karolina Pliskova (14) vs. Venus Williams (WC) – Second on Center Court

This will only be Venus’ third singles match of the season, as multiple injuries have hampered the 42-year-old in recent years.  Williams has only earned one singles win in the last 18 months.  Pliskova has struggled this season since a hand injury caused her to miss the first two months of 2022.  But Karolina had her best run of the season last week in Toronto, where she reached the semifinals, which included a three-set win over fourth-seeded Maria Sakkari.  Venus and Karolina played three times between 2015 and 2017, with Pliskova taking two of those three encounters.  Their most notable match was in the fourth round of the 2016 US Open, which Karolina won in a third-set tiebreak.  In 2022, Pliskova is a considerable favorite to prevail.


Serena Williams (DA) vs. Emma Raducanu (10) – Not Before 7:00pm on Center Court

This will only be Serena’s fourth singles match of the season, and she’s 1-2 since returning at Wimbledon.  Last week in Toronto, she made a tearful exit from the court after her straight-set loss to Belinda Bencic, as the Canadian crowd gave the 23-time Major singles champion a standing ovation.  With this mini-retirement tour being new territory for Serena, how will she react to what will be a boisterous American crowd on Tuesday?  She’ll surely feel nervous, but Raducanu will as well, as she likely assumed she would never get to play Serena.  Emma has understandably struggled since her shocking, life-changing run a year ago at the US Open, as she’s just 11-14 on the year.  But she’s still played a lot more tennis of late than Serena.  This match was originally scheduled for Monday evening, and reports indicated it was postponed until Tuesday due to an injury concern regarding Serena.  That’s advantage, Emma.  But as we’ve learned over the course of the last several decades, Serena is fully capable of willing her way to victory even when she’s far from her best.


Other Notable Matches on Tuesday:

Naomi Osaka vs. Shuai Zhang – Osaka is just 1-2 this summer, and was forced to retire last week in Toronto due to a back issue.  She is 3-2 against Shuai, though they haven’t played in nearly four years.

Nick Kyrgios vs. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina – Kyrgios has won 14 of his last 16 singles matches, and is on an eight-match win streak in doubles.  Davidovich Fokina is only 4-9 this season on hard courts.

Coco Gauff (11) vs. Marie Bouzkova (Q) – Gauff is now the new world No.1 in doubles, and is on the brink of making her top 10 debut in singles.  Bouzkova has claimed 18 of her last 22 matches at all levels. 

Mackenzie McDonald (WC) vs. Carlos Alcaraz (3) – McDonald was a finalist last year in Washington, but arrived in Cincinnati on a three-match losing streak.  Alcaraz was upset last week in an extended affair with another American, Tommy Paul.  Earlier this year at Indian Wells, Carlitos beat Mackie 6-3, 6-3.

Daniil Medvedev (1) vs. Botic van de Zandschulp – Medvedev needs to win at least two matches this week to ensure he maintains his No.1 ranking.  He’s 2-0 against van de Zandschulp, taking seven of their eight sets contested, all on hard courts.


Tuesday’s full Order of Play is here.

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Cincinnati Daily Preview: Major Champions Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka Square Off

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Andy Murray practicing this past week in Cincinnati (twitter.com/cincytennis)

For the second consecutive week, a combined ATP Masters/WTA 1000 event is being staged in North America.  This week, it’s the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Ohio.  The singles draws in American’s heartland are loaded: the ATP draw features 14 of the world’s top 16, while the WTA draw features all 16 top-ranked players.

 

Most notably, Serena Williams will play what is assumedly the next-to-last event of her career, and will face reigning US Open champion Emma Raducanu in the first round.  And Rafael Nadal will play his first match since withdrawing from the Wimbledon semifinals due to his ongoing left foot issues.

Monday’s action is headlined by Major champions Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka, who will play each other for the 22nd time. 

Each day, this preview will analyze the two most intriguing matchups, while highlighting other notable matches on the schedule.  Monday’s play gets underway at 11:00am local time.


Stan Wawrinka (PR) vs. Andy Murray – Third on Center Court

Their rivalry dates all the way back to 2005, when Wawrinka defeated Murray in Davis Cup.  Their most prominent encounter took place in the 2017 Roland Garros semifinals, when Stan outlasted Andy in a five-setter that lasted over four-and-a-half hours.  And neither man has been the same since that grueling battle.  Just weeks later, Murray’s hip problems derailed his career, while Wawrinka would undergo knee surgery.  Both men have now battled multiple serious injuries over the last five years.  Overall Andy is 12-9 against Stan, and 8-4 on hard courts.  Murray has gritted his way to 22 victories this year, while Stan is only 3-7 since returning from foot surgery this spring.  Based on current form, as well as Murray’s history at this event, where he is a two-time champion, the Brit is the favorite on Monday.


Matteo Berrettini (12) vs. Frances Tiafoe – Not Before 7:00pm on Center Court

Berrettini returned from surgery on his right hand in June, and promptly went on a 12-match win streak.  However, he unfortunately missed Wimbledon due to testing positive for COVID-19.  And last week in Montreal, Matteo lost in the opening round, though that one-sided loss to Pablo Carreno Busta doesn’t look quite as bad after Pablo’s fantastic run to his first Masters 1000 title concluded on Sunday.  Meanwhile, it’s been a disappointing year for Tiafoe, who is only 20-17 and has suffered some painful losses.  At Wimbledon, he lost a four-and-a-half hour fourth round match to David Goffin despite having a two-sets-to-one lead.  And just last week in Montreal, Frances was up 4-0 in the third over Taylor Fritz before losing the last six games of the match.  Their only previous meeting occurred four years ago on clay in Rome, where Matteo was victorious in his home country in straight sets.  Can Tiafoe avenge that loss in his own home country?  Frances often excels during night matches in the United States, with his five-set win over Andrey Rublev at last year’s US Open serving as a prime example.  But Matteo has been the much stronger performer for a few years now, and his potent serve/forehand combo makes him the favorite.


Other Notable Matches on Monday:

Amanda Anisimova vs. Daria Kasatkina (9) – Anisimova has reached the second week of every Major this season, while Kasatkina has won 18 of her last 24 matches, which includes a title run this month in San Jose.  Amanda leads their head-to-head 2-0, and dominated Daria 6-2, 6-0 at the beginning of this year.

Jil Teichmann vs. Petra Kvitova – Teichmann was a surprise finalist here a year ago.  Kvitova is only 17-15 this season, though she did win a title on grass in June.  They’ve played three times since last year, with Jil claiming two of those three matches.

Denis Shapovalov vs. Grigor Dimitrov (16) – Shapovalov has now lost nine of his last 10 matches dating back to May.  Meanwhile it’s been over four months since Dimitrov has won more than two matches in a row.  Grigor is 2-1 against Denis, and 2-0 on hard courts.

Sloane Stephens (WC) vs. Alize Cornet – It’s been a streaky season for Stephens, with nine of her 11 victories coming at just two events.  Cornet has achieved two noteworthy results this season: reaching her first Major quarterfinal in Melbourne, and ending Iga Swiatek’s 37-match winning streak at Wimbledon.  This is their first career meeting.


Monday’s full Order of Play is here.

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