Carlos Alcaraz will start the American tour at the Masters 1,000 in Montreal against Tommy Paul or Vasek Pospisilwith a hypothetical crossover with Russian Andrey Rublev on the horizon, according to Friday’s draw that left several bombshells from the first round.
Without Rafa Nadal, who announced his absence due to “some minor inconvenience”, Novak Djokovicunable to access Canada due to his refusal to be vaccinated, Alcaraz is the second seed in the Canadian tournament, behind Daniil Medvedev (n.1).
The Murcian, who is fourth in the world ranking at 19 years old, was drawn at the bottom of the table, where he also there’s Rublev, who will join him in the quarterfinals. Before he removed Cilic or Cerúndolo in the eighth.
Third-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas and Jannik Sinner are also on the verge of a draw.to whom he fell at Wimbledon and in the recent Umag final.
Of course, Alcaraz will not face Tsitsipas or Sinner before a hypothetical semifinal.
“Everything is going well at the moment, I like the weather, I like the track, at the moment I feel very good. I saw the draw, but it was only the first round. Every rival is toughso the first round will be difficult,” Alcaraz said in remarks published by the ATP.
“I will enjoy my first time here. Every time I go to a new city or a new tournament, I really enjoy it. I am something new for me“, he added.
Even worse luck for Medvedev, who could have a second round of maximum demand against Nick Kyrgiosrecent Wimbledon finalist.
Kyrgios himself will debut in the first round against Argentine Sebastián Báez.
Argentina too Diego Schwarzman will start against Alejandro Davidovich.
Also complex premieres for Pablo Carreño, against Italian Matteo Berrettiniand Albert Ramos, against David Goffin.
Roberto Bautista, seeded fourteenth, will debut against a player from the previous round.
Source: La Verdad