The first big tournament on route to New York is a trip to Canada for the Rogers Cup, this year the men will be in Toronto and the woman in Montreal. What are those early matches you cannot miss?
Victoria Azarenka v Kiki Mladenovic
A big tournament for both. Gathering momentum has been a big issue for both. Vika has only won two matches on the bounce twice this year and had to withdraw from San Jose with a back problem so hear is hoping things are better now otherwise she wouldn’t have come to Montreal?
Kiki has struggled for a while to gain momentum. Snapping that 15 match losing streak was a big challenge which went on and on but she can’t seem to find rhythm in her play yet and was something I saw in Birmingham a lack of consistency let her down and a win/loss in singles for the year of 16/19 highlights that.
Stan Wawrinka v Nick Kyrgios
To say these two have history is an understatement. In 2015 they had that famous spat but that’s all gone now and both need a result.
Stan has struggled for results since returning and was due to play in qualifying which I believe he should have done still despite Murray’s withdrawal but instead is in the main draw. Wise decision? I don’t think so.
Nick is struggling for form and had to withdraw from Washington with a knee injury so here is hoping he can gather some momentum.
Milos Raonic v David Goffin
A tough year for both with injuries and inconsistency. A success right now for both players would be a place in London which is around 1500 points off for both Milos in 20th and David in 21st.
Realistically, it doesn’t look like happening.
Pressure is on Milos to perform in front of the home crowd but Shapovalov seems to have taken the mantle of Canadian tennis now.
Hyeon Chung v Novak Djokovic
This should be good, Hyeon is back and looking good after some time off with achillies injury. Djokovic won Wimbledon after being written off and he has no points to defend!
He is a big danger here!
These two played a great match in Melbourne at the beginning of the year and I hope for a three set thriller in Toronto.
Jelena Ostapenko v Johanna Konta
Jo knows what she has to do to defeat Jelena who will come to the court and go for it and I said when Jo beat Serena that win has to be used as a platform. She fell flat later on in the tournament hitting too many errors but must look to edge them out to secure a big win.