Saturday School: The most successful men at Toronto

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The Rogers Cup is an ATP Masters 1000 event which is one of a kind as it is hosted in two different venues. The men play at Toronto and the women play at Montreal simultaneously in even numbered years and the scenario reverses in odd numbered years. This year, the men will be playing at Toronto with Alexander Zverev being the defending champion. The World No.3 will be making his second main draw appearance at Toronto. In 2016, he lost to Lu Yen-Hsun in straight sets in the first round.
Zverev will be lined up with a mix of experienced players and the upcoming young brigade of tennis. Since 2010, the event at Toronto has been won twice by Novak Djokovic and once by Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. A data was collected of men who have played at least eight matches since 2010 at Toronto. Here are the players who have been the most impressive at the Toronto Masters:

1) Novak Djokovic (14-2)

Novak Djokovic has won the Rogers Cup thrice since 2010 of which, twice he won at Toronto. The Serb has an impressive win rate of 87.5% at Toronto in the past eight years. The defending Wimbledon champion won his two titles at Toronto after defeating Richard Gasquet (2012) and Kei Nishikori (2016) in the finals. After a shaky start to his 2018 season, Djokovic has shown remarkable improvement in his game, winning 19 of 22 matches since the Rome Masters. The Serb is seeded 9th this year at the Rogers Cup and will look forward to avenge his Australian Open defeat to Hyeon Chung.

2) Andy Murray (7-1)

Some brutal and gruelling late night matches forced Andy Murray to withdraw from the Rogers Cup. The former World No.1 is gradually recovering from his hip surgery and has shown signs of a possible return to his best tennis form after his run at the Citi Open. Murray has an excellent record at Toronto, winning seven of the eight matches that he played at Toronto in the last eight years. Seeded fourth, Murray won his lone title at Toronto in 2010, defeating third seed Roger Federer in straight sets.

3) Roger Federer (8-2)

 

Roger Federer has won the Rogers Cup twice (2004 & 2006), both of which were celebrated in Toronto. However, the Swiss has not won the event at Toronto since 2010. The World No.2’s last three main draw appearances at Toronto came in 2008, 2010 and 2014.  Out of these three, he reached the finals in 2010 and 2014 but lost in straight sets to Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga respectively. Federer withdrew from the Rogers Cup this year. He finished as the runner-up last year.

4) Richard Gasquet, Grigor Dimitrov (6-2)

Richard Gasquet was the runner-up at Toronto in 2012. He has played thrice at Toronto in his career, but has had moderate success overall. The Frenchman has withdrawn from the Rogers Cup this year.
Grigor Dimitrov reached the semifinal and quarterfinal in 2014 and 2016 respectively. The Bulgarian has partnered David Goffin in the doubles event at Toronto this year. In singles, he is seeded fifth and will play the winner of Peter Gojowczyk and Fernando Verdasco in the second round.

5) Gael Monfils (7-3)

The last time Gael Monfils was in Toronto, he finished as the semifinalist. The Frenchman’s runs at Toronto were halted by Murray in 2010 and by Djokovic twice in 2014 and 2016. Monfils has withdrawn from the 2018 edition of the Rogers Cup.

6) Kevin Anderson (8-4)

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2018 Wimbledon runner-up Kevin Anderson is seeded fourth at the Rogers Cup this year. The South African has made the quarterfinals in his last two appearances at Toronto in 2014 and 2016. Having a 50% win rate, the defending US Open runner-up will look forward to improve his record at Toronto.

7) Stanislas Wawrinka (5-3)

Stan Wawrinka lost to Kei Nishikori in the Rogers Cup semifinals in 2016. The result was the Swiss’ best performance at Toronto. The World No.198 received a wild card in the 2018 Rogers Cup and faces a stern test in his opening round as he faces sixteenth seeded Nick Kyrgios. This will be the fifth meeting between Kyrgios and Wawrinka emwith the rivalry being poised at 2-2.

8) Tomas Berdych, Jeremy Chardy (6-4)

In 2010 and 2016, Tomas Berdych reached the quarterfinals at Toronto which are the Czech’s best result in the Rogers Cup. Berdych will drop out of the Top 50 rankings after 12 years as he will be skipping the hard court season due to a back injury.
Jeremy Chardy was a quarterfinalist at Toronto in 2010 but since then has not managed to get past the Round of 16. The Frenchman will face Denis Shapovalov in the opening round at Toronto this year.

9) Milos Raonic (5-4)

Home favourite Milos Raonic has been making the quarterfinals at Toronto since his past three main draw appearances. The Canadian will face tenth seeded David Goffin in the opening round this year against whom he has won two and lost two matches.
World No.1 Rafa Nadal is making his first appearance in Toronto since 2010. The Spaniard reached the semifinals in Toronto in 2010 where he lost to Andy Murray 6-3 6-4. He won the Rogers Cup in 2008 at Toronto.

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