Coupe Rogers 2019: Rafael Nadal faces a tricky draw in Montreal

The draw has been made for the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Montreal.

After almost a month off, world No. 2 Rafael Nadal begins his North American summer hard court season in the largest city in Canada’s Quรฉbec province. Our champ is top seed and has a first-round bye. He will open his campaign in the second round against either Aussie Alex de Minaur or a qualifier.

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Rafa’s potential opponents in the later stages of the tournament are:

  • First round: Bye
  • Second round: Alex de Minaur
  • Third round: David Goffin
  • Quarter-final: Fabio Fognini
  • Semi-final: Stefanos Tsitsipas or Kei Nishikori
  • Final: Alexander Zverev or Dominic Thiem

If the men play to seed the quarter-final line up will be:

  • Rafael Nadal vs. Fabio Fognini
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Kei Nishikori
  • Karen Khachanov vs. Alexander Zverev
  • Daniil Medvedev vs. Dominic Thiem

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Defending champion Rafa has lifted the trophy on four occasions, claiming the crown in 2005, 2008, 2013 and 2018.

Qualifying starts this Saturday with the main draw set to begin on Monday.

Good luck and Vamos Rafa!

24 comments

  1. VAMOS SWEETHEART!!!!!!!:):):) ENJOY LOTS OF FUN!!!!!!!:):):):):):):) YOU ARE SO GOOD ON HARD COURT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!$!!:) MAKES ZERO DIFFERENCE WHO YOU PLAY……..ENJOY YOUR PRECIOUS BEAUTIFUL TENNIS!!!!!!!:) WE LOVE YOU SWEETHEART AND VERY HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!!!!!:) YOU LOOK GORGEOUS OUT THERE…….STRONG AND FEISTY!!!!!!!!!!!:) KEEP SMILING SWEETHEART AND ENJOY EVERY THING!!!!!!!!!!:) IT IS ALL FOR FUN AND YOU HAVE THE RAFA NADAL PRECIOUS STRENGTH AND FITNESS AND BEAUTIFUL EFFECTIVE SERVE AND MAGICAL REACH AND BRILLIANT SHARP RETURNS AND THE HUNKIEST GORGEOUS BODY…..CI…….CI…..CI……AND SPEEDY COURT COVERAGE AND FEISTY NET MAGIC…..DOING IT ALL FOCUSED WITH SOLID FEISTY STYLE AND GROOVE!!!!!!!:) WE LOVE YOU DEAR RAFA AND LOVE YOUR BLESSED ENERGY AND PASSION !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) YOUR STRENGTH AND BRILLIANCE AND COURT COMMAND ARE SO ATTRACTIVE AND GORGEOUS TO WATCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) HAVE FUN WITH EVERYTHING…..YOU HAVE THE PRECIOUS TOOLS AND YOUR BEAUTIFUL TENNIS INTELLIGENCE……..YOU HAVE WHAT YOU NEED…..FOR SURE….. MATCH BY MATCH…..ENJOYING EACH MATCH…….VERY SPECIAL SWEETHEART!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) ALL YOUR HARD WORK AND PRECIOUS EFFORTS …..ALL FOR YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) SENDING LOTS OF LOVE AND HAPPINESS AND VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) XOXIXOXOZOXOXOXOXOXO

  2. Just saw an interesting cllip of Rafa’s pre-tournament press conference…in which he says
    “There are plenty of players here that are great players and I just need to be the same thing than if both of them are here… I just have to prepare myself as good as possible and try to be ready for the action”

    So I imagine Rafa is preparing mentallyand physically for any opponent that comes his way, the same way he would if Roger and Novak were there…

    Stay mentally tough Rafa… All the rest will fall into place….

    VAMOS RAFA!!!

  3. Dan Evans is the qualifier drawn against Alex de Minaur in the first round. That match is not on the schedule for today, so I assume it’s tomorrow and Rafa will play the winner of it on Wednesday.

    According to the tournament director, the court has been slowed down slightly this year and has a high bounce ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Vamos Rafa!

  4. Just saw a video of Rafa’s first practice in Montreal, which was on one of the larger courts allowing so
    many fans to watch….. so nice…
    He looks so strong.. His arms…wow!! He’s ready!

    VAMOS RAFA!!

  5. The draw does not look easy, but it is not realistic to expect one. I was just relieved that Kyrgios was not on Rafaโ€™s half. Not because I think he would beat Rafa, but to avoid all of the hype. I am just happy that Rafa seems to be feeling good. That is the most important thing.

    • Totally fully agree art Kyrgios NOT being in draw for Rafa…he is nothing but an insult to professional tennis…I TOTALLY DREAD SEEING HIM on court at all.

  6. A VERY manageable draw for our world No. 2.

    Good luck to Rafa and a successful defense of his title. He can do it.

    RAFA ROCKS

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    Jokoรธvic that is probaby paying his way with qualifiers to assure arriving at quarters
    Or semi Finals,
    a tough drawvbecsuse hebkoklllkl nevet make it with Thor likes of Tsipas, Thiem
    Or Zverev never Will get through…..m

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  8. Rafa good luck Looking forward to see you playing.vamossssss champ ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ชโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‘โค๏ธ

  9. Rafa is here only to test his recovery in hard Courts and he Will do Well..

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  10. well, “Demon” looked like a lot of hype last time before Rafa squashed him. I don’t think Goffin’s height helps him against the high-bounce ball of Rafa’s either. Tsitsipas/Nishikori may give him trouble on grass, but I don’t see it elsewhere. Fabio’s only strong point is his unorthodox nature, which can be significant. I don’t see him losing in the final if he arrives there. Go champ Go!

  11. The draw looks ok, with De Minaur looming in R2; but De Minaur is still playing at Citi Open in doubles so I doubt heโ€™s fresh and ready for Montreal. Thereโ€™s a qualifier lurking in R2, I hope is not a dangerous player.

    Other than that, I think Rafaโ€™s draw is manageable for him when itโ€™s his first HC event after Wimbledon. All the big servers, hard hitters, promising young guns (except Tsitsipas) are in the other half of the draw.

    Vamos Rafa, best wishes for defending the HC Masters title.

    • Could have been worse. Zverev has a tougher draw but at the same time anything can happen. And its HC just pray for an injury free tournament and a good build up to US Open. VAMOS

  12. Good luck Rafa๐Ÿ€โค๏ธ
    Looking forward to see you lift the trophy on Sunday, Vamos Rafa!๐Ÿ’ช

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