Andy Murray will again join the top tennis players of the world next week at the next ATP tour masters event, the Rogers Cup, played at the Rexall Centre at York University in Toronto.
The Rogers cup is Celebrating its 127th anniversary, it is the third oldest tournament behind only Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. Forty four of the top 44 players on the ATP Tour have been confirmed for the Masters Series Canadian event. There will be 4 former Rogers Cup champions in the field including defending Champion Novak Djokovic, two time champion Roger Federer (2006, 2004), 2005 champion Rafael Nadal and 2003 champion Andy Roddick.
The Toronto tournament will be the first tournament played by many of the top players after Wimbledon, this is the case of all the current above defending champions, world number 4 Nikolay Davydenko and world number 9 Andy Murray.
Murray pulled out of last week’s Indianapolis Tennis Championships to prepare better for the upcoming weeks includes 2 master events, the olympics and the US Open.
Last year this was the Scot’s first comeback tournament after his long lay off because of a wrist injury sustained 4 months earlier. He only managed one win against American Robby Generpri, before losing to Italy’s Fabio Fognini, who was a lowly ranked 139 qualifier.
In 2006 though Murray made it to the semi finals of tournament, where he dispatched 4 players before losing to his this years Wimbledon 4th round opponent Richard Gasquet. Among the four players he beat on his way to the semi finals, was 2 seeds David Ferrer and Jarkko Nieminen, former world number 1 Carlos Moya and Britains own Tiger Tim Henman. It was the second time Henmanand Murray had met on the tour an the first victory for Murray, they would meet twice again in 2006, Murray winning both matches.
Although the tournament is called the Roger’s Cup – it does not currently belong to Roger. Novak Djokovic beat Roger Federer in epic final last year, which seen the young Serb record his first victory against the world number 1 after losing in the last 4 matches. It was perhaps here at this tournament last year that we did in fact see the end of Federer’s dominance. The two would meet a few weeks later in the US Open final and although Federer won that match, he would lose the next between the two at the Australian open.
Rafael Nadal will continue his quest for the world number 1 position, the Spaniard will again take to his least favorite surface, hard courts – But he can take heart that he has tasted victory here in Toronto, he beat Andre Agassi in the final in 2005 and only lost to Djokovic in the semi’s last year.
Andy Murray, Nikolay Davydenko, Andy Roddick and James Blake will be amongst the players looking to make a dent in the Federer / Nadal / Djokovic dominance of the 2008 so far.