The Spanish player will begin his journey to defend the championship at the Masters 1000 tournament in Montreal, Canada from August 5 to August 11. According to the newly announced Rogers Cup 2019 branching result, Rafael Nadal will have a relatively easy opening round when starting the journey to conquer from the second round to meet the winner in the De Minaur pair.
Sorting the number one seed, the Spanish player will play from the second round. As a result of the branching out, his first opponent might be Alex de Minaur who just won Atlanta Open 2019, if the young Next Gen talent won the opening match. Nadal won both matches against former De Minaur, in turn at Wimbledon last year and Australia Open earlier this year.
If the results are favorable, Nadal can reunite with David Goffin in the next round. The Belgian is also one of two people who won a set against Nadal in Roland Garros 2019. Fabio Fognini – who beat the Spanish player in the semi-final Monte Carlo 2019 on his journey to win the first Masters 1000 – is aiming to repeat that achievement in Montreal soon if the two players have the opportunity to meet again in the quarterfinals.
Losing to Nadal in the finals last year, Stefanos Tsitsipas only won the Rogers Cup runner-up in 2018. Greek young talent is facing the opportunity to revenge if he has the opportunity to encounter each other in the semifinals this year. But first of all, Tsitsipas will have to overcome big obstacles namely Milos Raonic or Taylor Fritz, before hitting Kei Nishikori in the quarterfinals.
Dominic Thiem was chosen as the No. 2 seed. The Austrian player has been in high form recently when he has just won the Austrian Open 2019 championship on his hometown. This is considered a strong stimulant for Thiem to try to play at Rogers Cup here. After the coronation at Indian Wells in March, Thiem was eager to add to the Masters 1000 collection.
2019 Rogers Cup takes place on the hard court in Montreal (Canada) with Nadal and Simona Halep holding the men’s singles and women’s singles championship. Nadal has won four championships here (2005, 2008, 2013, 2018), equal to Djokovic’s achievement – the world’s number-one player absent from this year’s tournament due to the need for more resting time after Wimbledon 2019.