Novak Djokovic, the Worlds No. 1 tennis player, has confirmed that he will play at this year Rogers Cup in Toronto, Canada. This will be his last test before the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, which are scheduled for August 5th – 21st.
After being stopped in the last years final match of Rogers Cup, by Andy Murray, this year, it seems that Djokovic should have much easier task of winning the Masters and securing the No.1 spot on the ATP list.
Namely, the Scot Andy Murray, decided to pull out of the tournament, stating that his body needs more time to rest and that he will do his last preparations for the Olympics Games, in Spain instead. The tournaments organizers were a little bit disappointed by the decision of the N0.2 player in the World, especially since the Rogers Cup is a Masters 1000 event and one of the most important tournaments on the calendar.
Soon after, the next two big contenders for the title, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, have both canceled their participations at the Rogers Cup.
The Spaniard, Rafael Nadal, informed the organizers, that due to the constant injuries he faced in the past (wrist injury is the most recent), he does not want to risk anything and wants to be 100% prepared for the Olympics. Since he played at this tournament last year, reaching the quarterfinals, his absence from this years tournament will cost him to lose 180 points on the rankings.
On the other side, Roger Federer will not lose points for not playing at this tournament, since he has not participated at the Rogers Cup in 2015, meaning that he has no points to defend or to lose. Federer stated that he is disappointed that he will not be able to play at the tournament, because he feels that it is the best for his body after the Wimbledon.
With Federer, Murray and Nadal out of the tournament, Djokovic should not have too much troubles of reaching the finals and winning the title.
Furthermore, Novak Djokovic has confirmed that he will also play in the doubles at the Rogers Cup, alongside Nenad Zimonjic. These two will use the Master in Toronto to sharpen up their game for the Doubles matches at the Olympics.
The Rogers Cup is set to start on Saturday Aug. 23rd.
Words By: Admir Aljic