Montreal and Toronto: Serena Williams in, Nadal and Djokovic out
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In Toronto the number one favorite will always be Iga Swiatek. The Pole is undoubtedly highly anticipated, especially after the defeat in Warsaw against Caroline Garcia. In the first rounds the rivals will not fail for the 21-year-old, given that in the third round she could cross the Us Open finalist Leylah Fernandez or Martina Trevisan, who will immediately run into the Brazilian Haddad Maia.
Slightly lower will be Serena Williams, who will start from a qualifying. The American wants to overcome at least the first obstacle to treat herself to a thrilling match against Belinda Bencic or Victoria Azarenka. In the bottom-half Camila Giorgi will play a super challenge against Emma Raducanu, seeded number 9 and winner last year at Flushing Meadows.
The 30-year-old will have to play her best tennis to defend the 2021 title and the 1000 points due. In that segment of the board there are Jessica Pegula and the Spanish Paula Badosa. After all, there is no shortage of thick tennis players: in the round of 16 the possible crossings should be Aryna Sabalenka against Coco Gauff and Simona Halep-Kontaveit, but the spotlight also on Elena Rybakina and Venus Williams.
The 42-year-old will make her debut with the Swiss Teichmann, while the Kazakh winner of Wimbledon awaits an athlete coming from the qualifiers. Never forget expert players like Karolina Pliskova, finalist of the tournament in 2021.
The Masters 1000 in Montreal
In Montreal There will not be the two players capable of monopolizing the Slam fight this year Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. The first cannot participate due to the decision of the whole American continent not to allow people without Covid vaccine to enter the country while Rafa is still struggling for physical problems.
He is currently playing in the Los Cabos tournament but world number one Daniil Medvedev will be the big favorite in Canada as well. For him, the scoreboard did not say well at all and there will be various pitfalls in his path.
The Russian tennis player, after the Bye of the first round, should immediately face the Australian Nick Kyrgios, a rival far from simple on these surfaces and gassed by the recent Wimbledon final. A very tough path for Daniil who subsequently waits for one between Shapovalov and especially Grigor Dimitrov in the Round of 16, while the favorite for this path is the Polish Hubert Hurkacz in the Quarterfinals.
Possible surprises in the other part of the scoreboard with Medvedev who could find himself in the semifinal against one between Ruud and Felix Auger Aliassime or other possible surprises.