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The time has arrived for the very first hard-court Masters 1000 event of the famous ‘hard-court swing’. And the draw has recently been revealed for this event, so we can finally start getting excited about what’s to come for this tournament. Of course, the biggest names in the men’s game are competing at the Montreal Masters, with the exception of Djokovic and Nadal. But despite the absence of these two legends, the tournament is still shaping up to be a classic.
Looking at the ATP Montreal Masters draw, there are some pretty interesting things and possibilities that I’d like to talk about. This includes things like the seeds, possible winners, mouthwatering matches, and more. All of the action is kicking off today too, so I don’t want to waste too much time introducing the draw to you here. Instead, let me dive right in with the juicy details.
Montreal Masters Men’s Draw – All You Need to Know
As stated above, the men’s draw is now officially made, and all of the qualifiers have been confirmed. That’s why now is the perfect time to take a look at the ATP Montreal draw, as we have all of the information possible. And as promised, I will now take you through the men’s draw to highlight some of the most important details relating to several key areas.
The Top Seeds
The top two seeds for the Montreal Masters are Daniil Medvedev as the number one seed and Carlos Alcaraz as the number two seed. These guys are at opposite ends of the draw. But this is standard for all tournaments relating to the top two seeds. Behind these two, we have Stefanos Tsitsipas as the number 3 seed and Casper Ruud as the number 4 seed. Tsitsipas is in the same half as Alcaraz and Ruud are in Medvedev’s half, which makes things very interesting.
Epic First Round Matches
The first-round matches in Montreal are getting played later today, so the action is quite literally right around the corner. Looking at the draw, there are some intriguing first-round clashes too. In the top half, you’ve got Bublik vs Brooksby, Schwartzman vs Davidovich-Fokina, as well as Shapovalov vs de Minaur. And in the bottom half, some of the more appealing first-round games include Murray vs Fritz, Cilic vs Coric, as well as Cerdunolo vs Khachanov.
I have selected these games as they are likely to be pretty close. And at the same time, they could involve a fair bit of drama.
Looking beyond the first-round matches, there are some potentially huge games that could be played within the first few rounds. Amazingly, Medvedev could face Kyrgios in the second round if Kyrgios gets past Baez in his opener. And if Nishioka gets through his first round, he would take on the local favourite in the form of Auger-Aliassime. Bear in mind Nishioka is about to compete in the finals of Washington, so he is in great form.
As for the bottom half, we might see Tiafoe vs Fritz or Murray. And we could see Krajinovic or Evans vs Rublev. Again, these are great matches to tune in for if you get a chance.