World no.1 Rafael Nadal attended the official draw ceremony for 2018 Rogers Cup presented by National Bank on Friday afternoon.
The sixth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event of the season will be played from August 6 to August 12 in Toronto.
After a first round bye, Rafa will play the winner of a match between a qualifier and Benoit Paire on Wednesday night. He could face Nick Kyrgios in the third round, prior to a quarter-final against Marin Cilic.
Rafa’s potential route to the final:
- First round: Bye
- Second round: Beniot Paire
- Third round: Nick Kyrgios or Stan Wawrinka
- Quarter-final: Marin Cilic
- Semi-final: Juan Martin del Potro
- Final: Alexander Zverev or Novak Djokovic
If the men play to seed the quarter-final line up will be:
- Rafael Nadal vs. Marin Cilic
- Juan Martin del Potro vs. John Isner
- Kevin Anderson vs. Grigor Dimitrov
- Dominic Thiem vs. Alexander Zverev
Rafa has won the Canadian title three times, most recently at Coupe Rogers in 2013. He is bidding to win the trophy for the fourth time and add it to his collection of 32 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crowns.
Our champ reached only third round last year, where he fell to Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov in three sets, 6-4, 4-6, 6-7(4).
Good luck and Vamos Rafa!