(ISN) – Toronto, August 2, 2014 – The official draw for the 2014 Rogers Cup presented by
National Bank in Toronto was conducted on Friday and hosted by the Office of the
Lieutenant Governor at Queen’s Park.
Canada’s No. 1-ranked player Milos Raonic of
Thornhill, Ont. has a first-round bye and will face the winner of the contest
between American Jack Sock and Austrian Jurgen Melzer in his opening match while
countryman Vasek Pospisil of Vancouver will challenge two-time Rogers Cup finalist
and No. 12 seed Richard Gasquet in the first round.
The Top 8 seeds all receive a first-round bye, with No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic set to
take on the winner of the match between Czech Radek Stepanek and Frenchman Gael
Monfils. A three-time Rogers Cup champion, Djokovic will face a tough draw en route
back to the final. A potential third-round match looms versus No. 13 seed
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France while the quarter-finals could see a blockbuster match
between Djokovic and two-time Canadian winner, No. 8 seed Andy Murray. The other
quarter in Djokovic’s half features No. 3 Stan Wawrinka and No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov as
the top-ranked competitors.
On the bottom half of the draw, No. 2-seeded Roger Federer could face a Canadian in
his first match. Thornhill, Ont.’s Peter Polansky is set to face Poland’s Jerzy
Janowicz in the opening round, with the winner earning a duel with the 17-time Slam
champion. Federer’s potential route to the final includes No. 5 seed David Ferrer in
the quarter-finals and No. 4 Tomas Berdych or No. 6 Raonic in the semifinals.
Raonic’s first seeded opponent could be No. 11 seed Ernests Gulbis of Latvia in the
third round followed by Berdych in the quarter-finals. Raonic is returning home
hoping to repeat his results from last year. A 2013 finalist in Montreal, Raonic
also made his first Masters 1000 quarter-final at Rogers Cup in Toronto two years
ago. He is set to play his first match on Wednesday August 6 at 6:30 p.m. on Centre
Among the enticing first-round matches set to take place over the first two days of
main draw competition is a battle between Canada’s own Pospisil and Frenchman
Gasquet. Pospisil was a semifinalist at Rogers Cup in Montreal last year, while
Gasquet has earned some of his best ATP World Tour results here in Toronto. Other
opening round contests include Stepanek versus Monfils in a duel between two
exciting personalities, up-and-coming Aussie Nick Kyrgios opposite Colombian
Santiago Giraldo and former Rogers Cup semifinalist John Isner against Ivan Dodig.
The fourth Canadian in the main draw is Frank Dancevic of Niagara Falls, Ont., who
will play American Donald Young. Four other Canadians – Filip Peliwo, Pavel Krainik,
Steven Diez, and Brayden Schnur – will attempt to make the main draw through
qualifying. The qualifying tournament will take place over Pizzaville Free Community
Weekend this Saturday August 2 and Sunday August 3, and admission is free for
everyone for the two days.