Federer Eyes His Birthday Cup

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Roger Federer is looking to win the Cup with his name on it. The Rogers Cup in Montreal, Canada is a major tournament (ATP World Tour Masters 1000) on the men’s tour, with 3 million US dollars on offer.

After winning this tournament in 2004 and 2006, Federer lost in the 2nd round in Canada last year to Frenchman Gilles Simon. In 2009 he will be keen to add a 3rd Rogers Cup to his collection.

The Rogers Cup tournament draw consists of 56 players. The breakdown of the draw is as follows: 44 Direct Acceptances of which the top 16 are seeded, 4 Wild Cards, 7 Qualifiers and 1 Special Entry.

Robin Soderling was seeded No.12 but withdrew before the tournament commenced with a right elbow injury. Due to this withdrawal a 17th seed is created to replace Soderling. The next highest ranked player becomes the 17th seed and is positioned in Soderling’s spot in the draw. This player is Tomas Berdych.

Soderling’s withdrawal also created one spot in the draw for a Lucky Loser, Andrey Golubev. The one spot for a Special Entry was given to John Isner.

There were 7 qualifiers: Alejandro Falla, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Milos Raonic (Canadian), Jesse Levine, Jan Hernych, Julien Benneteau and Alex Bogomolov Jnr.

The seeding for the top 16 players who, provided they all win through to the round of 16 are:

  • (1) Roger Federer versus (16) Radek Stepanek
  • (9) Gilles Simon versus (7) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
  • (3) Andy Murray versus (13) Gael Monfils
  • (11) Fernando Gonzalez versus (8) Nikolay Davydenko

..which completes the head-to-head play-offs in the top half of the draw. In the bottom half of the draw, the players seeded to meet are:

  • (5) Andy Roddick versus (10) Fernando Verdasco
  • (14) Marin Cilic versus (4) Novak Djokovic
  • (6) Juan Martin del Potro versus (17) Tomas Berdych
  • (15) Tommy Robredo versus (2) Rafael Nadal

The likelihood of all 16 seeds making it through to their seeded positions is next to zero. So watch out for some upsets.

The 4 wild cards given out by Tennis Canada were all to Canadians. A great benefit for putting in all of the time, effort and money to hold an ATP Tour event is being able to choose whom the wild cards are awarded to.

A wild card allows a player, who otherwise would not have been accepted into the main draw of the tournament, a free spot in the 1st round.

The Canadian wild card entrants are: Frederic Niemeyer (World No.487), Frank Dancevic (No.105), Bruno Agostinelli (No.1,171) and Peter Polansky (No.225).

Agostinelli, Polansky and Tennis Canada struck it lucky because they have been drawn to play each other in the 1st round. If Agostinelli wins this match his ranking would improve by over 500 places, as currently he has only 7 ATP points. Good luck Bruno!

Stay tuned for more about the Rogers Cup and explanations of how tournament draws work, including detailing what Wild Cards, Qualifiers and Lucky Losers are.

Today’s POST is dedicated to Rod Laver. Laver was born on 9 August in 1938 and won 11 Grand Slam singles titles; 3 Australian Open titles (1960, 1962 & 1969), 2 French Open crowns (1962 & 1969), 4 Wimbledon Championships (1961, 1962, 1968 & 1969) and 2 US Open titles (1962 & 1969). Laver was ranked World No.1 for 7 years in a row from 1964 to 1970.

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