Roger Federer Decides To Start His US Open Preparation With Rogers Open – Montreal
Roger Federer has won the Australian Open and Wimbledon in 2017, bringing his total grand slam tally to 19. He will want to make that 20 by winning the US Open which is scheduled to start on August 28 and as a result has announced that he will play at the 2017 Rogers Open in Montreal.
Federer Excited To Play In Montreal
Federer has won the 2004 and 2006 editions of the Rogers Cup in Toronto but this will be the first time that he puts in an appearance in Montreal. The Rogers Cup keeps interchanging its venues between Toronto and Montreal every year to give fans an exposure to both the men’s and women’s games. This year the Rogers Cup for Women will take place in Toronto from 5th Aug to 13th Aug; while the Rogers Cup for Men will take place in Montreal from 3rd Aug to 13th Aug.
Federer will turn 36th during the Rogers Cup as his birthday is on August 8th. The Swiss great said that he was excited to return to Montreal after many years and looked forward to continuing his great run in 2017. Apart from winning two grand slams this year, Federer has also won other tournaments at Miami, Indian Wells and Halle.
Murray & Nadal – Biggest Threats
A number of the top players in the men’s division are also scheduled to play at the Rogers Cup making it an exciting event for the fans. The defending champion Novak Djokovic will not be a part of the event as he is out injured. During his last 6 appearances at the Rogers Cup, Djokovic has gone on to win three of them.
This time around there will be a new champion and the field is wide open. Britain’s Andy Murray is the number one seed and it will be interesting to see how he plays in the lead up to the US Open and Murray is recovering from a hip injury that impacted his performance at Wimbledon. Roger Federer is seeded third but given his current form, he will be a crowd favorite.
Federer’s long time rival Rafael Nadal is also having a great 2017 and is the second seed at the Rogers Open. Stan Wawrinka who is Federer’s Davis Cup teammate is seeded in fourth place and Canada’s Milos Raonic is seeded in 10th place.