ATP Picks: Toronto


Rogers CupThe Rogers Cup alternates back to Toronto this year from Montreal.

Canadian tennis is on a high: Last year, Milos Raonic became the first Canadian to reach the final since 1958, while Vasek Pospisil comes in off a good run in Washington. Peter Polansky and Frank Dancevic are no mugs and they get wild cards.

Back from the dead, Donald Young gets a special entry based on his form in Washington and Jack Sock also gets a wildcard coming off an 18-12 record this year. A four-time finalist, Roger Federer plays the event for the 11th time – and first since 2011. His name’s on the trophy so it would be apt if he could win this one for his 80th career title.

The Rogers Cup - Toronto

The Rogers Cup – Toronto

Let’s break it down:

ATP Level: 1000

Surface: Outdoor Hard

Defending Champion: 
Rafael Nadal – Withdrew due to a right wrist injury.

Nasty Floater: Ivo Karlovic – Hiding in plan sight in the draw and on form. 

Up and Coming: Nick Kyrgios – Young Aussie’s Wimbledon heroics put him on the radar. Can he follow it up here?

Slumping: Andy Murray – We shall see if he has can recover his season but he loves the North American hard courts.

On Fire: Donald ‘Duck’ Young – Finally playing himself into form with a great run at Washington. Which Donald will show up here?

My pick: Novak Djokovic – Hard to bet against the world number 1 based on his dossier.

Did You Know? Every year, Montreal and Toronto share the task of hosting, in alternation, the Rogers Cup

Watch: Behind the scenes in Toronto

Thanks for reading and check back next week for more picks and amusement!

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