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2022 NBO – Draw analysis

If the 2022 National Bank Open is as spectacular as the backdrop for the draw, it’s bound to be a huge success. Le Cathcart’s glass roof afforded views of the city’s skyscrapers, and judging by the number of people who kept looking up, we risked getting stiff necks.

The main draw of the Masters 1000 (the lead-in to NYC’s final Grand Slam of the season) gathered in downtown Montreal one sunny afternoon.

The top three seeds are world No. 1 Daniil Medvedev, No. 4 Carlos Alcalaz and No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas, ahead of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev.

Alcaraz and Tsitsipas entered the draw, broadcast live in Quebec by TVA Sports. They spoke at length with program co-host Andy Miley Pressoir and former WTA pro Marie-Ave Pelletier.

Alcaraz, 19, recalled another fiery young Spaniard winning the first of five Canadian titles at the exact same age in 2005.

Tsitsipas said he loves Canada because of the Greek communities in Toronto and Montreal.

Doni and Felix: Different Fate

Various destinies awaited the local heroes in this draw.

No.22 Denis Shapovalov is at the top of the draw just above No.21 Alex De Minaur. Anyone familiar with the Australian game of tenacity knows how much it can drive opponents crazy, so it’s not a lucky break.

Shapovalov has lost 9 of his last 10 games and is clearly in pain. Hopefully returning to the stage after an extraordinary win in Canada against Rafa in 2017 will give him the confidence he lacks. If he returns to his original form, he’ll be headed straight for a clash with the winner of the rivalry between the Favorite and the Joker, but not what you might think (more on that below).

No.9 Felix Auger-Aliassime is also in the upper half of the draw, but there is nothing to complain about. As the sixth seed, he has a first-round bye and faces either qualifiers, lucky losers, or exempt players.

If all goes according to plan, his first Test will take place in the third round against recent Wimbledon semi-finalist Cameron Norrie of Great Britain. Casper Ruud or Roberto Bautista Agut are potential round 16 opponents.

There are two Canadian wild cards in the main draw. The veterans are Vasek Pospisil and last weekend’s finalist Alexis Galarneau in his Winnipeg Challenger.

Pospisil, currently ranked 141st, is in the bottom half of the draw. His rival is America’s No.34 Tommy Paul. The winner will face Carlos Alcaraz. Galarneau (No.238) struggled against Grigor Dimitrov of No.19 Bulgaria. If he can pull off the upset, the Quebecois could take the court alongside Dennis Shapovalov in the next round.

deck joker

Everyone whispered about a possible duel at the top of the draw. In his first match, world number one Daniil Medvedev was able to take on the man many players fear in the early rounds, his No. 63 Nick Kyrgios of Australia. Unless he stumbles against No. 31 Sebastian Baez (Argentina) in the first round.

Photo: Sky Sports

I’ve already heard you say that anything can happen when it comes to Kyrgios. That’s true, but until just a few weeks ago, no one expected him to reach the Wimbledon final. Over the past few months, it looks like the bad guys in pro tennis have decided to collect points and money. From February to June, it climbed from 137th to 40th. If points were awarded for his third Grand Slam of the year, he would have played with the Top 20.

He’s still the perfect joker in professional tennis.

Round 1 will feature exciting matches such as USA’s Taylor Fritz and Britain’s Andy Murray dueling Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman and Spain’s young Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. And what about the battle between Swiss veteran Stan Wawrinka and up-and-coming Finn Emil Ruusvuori? Or the one between Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta and Denmark’s Holger Roon.

After the draw, Alcaraz and Tsitsipas were interviewed by the press. While Alcaraz answered questions, Tsitsipas seemed in awe of the spectacular backdrop of the downtown location.

Now all that’s left to do is play.

The main draw will begin on Monday, August 8th. The qualifying round will be decided during his IGA Family Weekend this weekend.