Monday, August 8, 2011

The Big Boys Are In Montreal

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The world's top-ranked men's players are all back in action playing in the Rogers Cup (formerly known as the Canadian Open) in Montreal, Canada. This is the first time the Top 4 players are in action simultaneously since Wimbledon.

The Rogers Cup is the biggest tournament played in Canada and is a prelude to the upcoming U.S. Open.

For new World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, this is the first official tournament where he's seeded as the top-ranked player. World No. 2 Rafael Nadal is seeded second while World No. 3 Roger Federer is seeded third. Two-time defending champion and World No. 4 Andy Murray is seeded fourth and is looking to become the first player to three-peat since Ivan Lendl (1987-1989).

Since 2004, the current Top 4 players have owned the Rogers Cup, winning the tournament 7 consecutive years. Here's a look at how they've divided the cup amongst each other:
  • 2010 - Andy Murray
  • 2009 - Andy Murray
  • 2008 - Rafael Nadal
  • 2007 - Novak Djokovic
  • 2006 - Roger Federer
  • 2005 - Rafael Nadal
  • 2004 - Roger Federer
So which one of the Top 4 will win it this year? Or will someone else come in and spoil the 7-year party?

We will soon find out!

Oh by the way--

HAPPY BIRTHDAY! to Roger Federer who turns the big 3-0 today. While in most sports, at 30, a player would be considered in his prime, but in tennis, well let's just say, 30 is no walk in the park.

and--

CONGRATULATIONS to Novak Djokovic on receiving his ATP World No. 1 Trophy. Djokovic is the 25th player to win the trophy since the ATP rankings began back in 1973. In other words, there have only been 25 players to reach No. 1 in the rankings-era.

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How sweet it is!

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