The Coupe Rogers 2019, in Montreal, promises mouth-watering clashes, from the qualifications to the main draw to the doubles. A perfect card for the 40th anniversary of the tournament.
No Federer? No Djokovic? No matter. Yes, both withdrawals hurt the tournament to a certain extent. However, simply taking a look at the main draw shows an array of incredible matches from the very first round.
First round clashes to follow
One of the must-see matches of the first round is the tenth encounter between Stan Wawrinka and Grigor Dimitrov, or two of the best one-handers of the ATP. The Swiss has won the last three matches between the two, the most recent being at this year’s French Open.
To the great dismay of all who attended the draw ceremony, there will be a rematch of the Wimbledon first round between Félix Auger-Aliassime and Vasek Pospisil. If it will assure a Canadian in the second round, it also means that, like at SW19, one of them will bow out. This match will be played on Tuesday afternoon. The two Canadians will also team up in doubles.
As for the other Canadians, the story of the last time the men came to Montreal, Denis Shapovalov, will play his first match on Monday night against Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert. The winner of that duel will face second seed Dominic Thiem. Milos Raonic, for his part, will face young American Taylor Fritz, whereas Brayden Schnur awaits a qualifier, and Peter Polansky will play against the always spectacular Gaël Monfils.
Among the other first round clashes to follow is the all-French duel between Benoît Paire and Richard Gasquet, the match between crowd favourite Diego Schwartzman and Italy’s Marco Cecchinato, the encounter between David Goffin and Guido Pella, and a likely cracker between Kyle Edmund and Nick Kyrgios, to name only a few.
Complete singles draw
Qualifications not to miss at the Coupe Rogers
If the main draw promises to be explosive, the Coupe Rogers qualifications should not be dismissed, as they offer many fantastic matches, featuring a great deal of big names, such as Feliciano López (who will start against Grégoire Barrère), John Millman (who will face Canada’s Filip Peliwo), Ivo Karlovic (against Evgeny Donskoy), Dan Evans (against Thai-Son Kwiatkowski), and 2017 semifinalist Robin Haase (who will face Soonwoo Kwon).
The qualifications draw
The matches will start at 11 AM.
Don’t forget the doubles!
The doubles draw also promises a lot of fantastic matches, featuring Canadian team of Vasek Pospisil and Félix Auger-Aliassime, who will start against Frenchmen Jérémy Chardy and Fabrice Martin.
Andyliciano are back! Yes, Sir Andy Murray will play the doubles alongside Feliciano López, with whom he won the title at Queen’s upon his comeback. However, they will have a difficult ordeal from the start, as they will face second seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo.
Other pairings worthy of note: Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov, Guido Pella and Diego Schwartzman, the return of Benoît Paire and Stan Wawrinka, and Andrey Rublev and Alexander Zverev.