It seems quite a while ago now that Andy Murray lifted the Wimbledon title, nearly one month ago. Since then we’ve awaited for a big tennis event to return to provide us with all the thrills and excitement that they offer, the US Open returns later this month but before that there are two Masters events – starting with the Montreal Masters.
This ATP 1000 event has historic significance on the Tour. It’s the oldest event after Wimbledon and the US Open. The men’s tournament began way back in 1881.
The tournament alternates with Toronto in hosting the event. This year it’s in Montreal and gets underway on Monday, when, for the first time since Wimbledon, Djokovic, Murray and Nadal will all compete in the same tournament. However, Federer has pulled out due to a back injury.
Andy Murray has all the confidence following his Wimbledon win, which could prove instrumental in the upcoming events in his calendar. He became the first Brit to win the event in Montreal back in 2009. Last year the Scot was forced to withdraw in Toronto due to knee issues. His warm weather training in Miami could prove beneficial in this event, the 26-year-old said “it’s hopefully where all the training I do in Miami really starts to pay off”.
The last winner of the event outside the big four was Andy Roddick all the way back in 2003. Since then, Federer has picked up two titles, Nadal has also bagged two, as has Murray and Djokovic has a healthy three including the previous two titles.
The world number one will be looking to equal Ivan Lendl’s record of three consecutive titles but the Serb is still quite as distance from the Czech’s six titles, a record for the event.
Watch Djokovic’s victory in Toronto last year below.
This year’s hard court stretch is set to be a very interesting one indeed. How will Rafa perform after a very short stint on grass? Will Roger ever emulate previous successes after slipping outside the top four and losing to world numbers 116, 114 and 55 in the past month? And finally, how will Andy and Novak’s growing on-court rivalry continue? Are they the new Rafa and Roger? There are plenty of questions that the remainder of the year could answer. The 2012 Toronto champion’s father has recently stirred things in the big four by claiming Nadal and Federer are jealous of his son’s success.
Hopefully Montreal can put on a good show and the players can produce some excellent tennis in a time that many of the headlines in the sport haven’t been too positive. Serbia’s Viktor Troicki recently received a drugs ban and widespread reports suggest Marin Cilic allegedly testing positive for a banned substance.
– Nathan Morley