Rogers Cup Preview 2013
The Rogers Cup will see a host of stars flooding to Montreal for the big ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event. This is a hard surface tournament and a pretty good primer for the US Open which gets under way at the end of the month. The Rogers Cup alternates between Montreal and Toronto and this does constitute as part of the Emirates US Open Series.
It is going to be a two horse race to the finish line here? Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are in the mix and they are heading up the field as favourites. Despite Andy Murray beating Djokovic in the final of last year’s US Open and most recently on the grass of Wimbledon, it is Djokovic who should take some favouritism here because he is shooting for a three-peat at the Rogers Cup. It would be for the third year in a running he has won the event, if he takes the title again, his fourth in total. So the Serbian has a good affinity with the event.
But then so too does Andy Murray, who has won the Rogers Cup in 2009 and 2010. It has been something of a happy hunting ground for the Brit as well, but not for a couple of years. He is naturally in the other half of the field from Djokovic so they will keep apart until the final. This will be the first time that Murray has been out in action since his famous win at Wimbledon.
The dangerous floater in the field should be Rafael Nadal, who would meet Novak Djokovic in the semi finals. Nadal has had a remarkable season, winning seven titles so far, including the French Open, and has only slipped up in that shock early exit at Wimbledon. He’ll be happier and refreshed for Canada and is a two time winner where, taking the title in 2005 and 2008.
The best outside shots here will be down in Murray’s half. The Brit is still prone to the odd slip up and that would leave the door open for either Tomas Berdych of Juan Martin del Potro. Argetine Del Potro warmed up well with a title defence at the Citi Open in Washington DC on the weekend.
It’s a tough field, but the title defence mode of Novak Djokovic looks likely to prevail. There are banana skins for Murray down in the bottom half of the draw, yet can’t ignore a tempter on Nadal at the price he is.