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The Rogers Cup, which takes place from the 8th to the 14th of August in Montreal, Canada could have a huge impact on the ATP Rankings.

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The current world number one, Daniil Medvedev, is without a doubt the player who has the biggest to lose during the American swing. With not less than 3360 points to defend until the US Open, the Russian needs to win as many tournaments as he can if he wants to end the year as number one. As the winner of last year’s Rogers Cup, to lose at an early stage would cost him a lot. The challenge could begin in his first match for he will likely play against Nick Kyrgios.

The Australian player holds the cards this week. Currently 37 in the ATP Rankings after his title in Washington DC, the Wimbledon finalist may be able to catch big points. Having lost in the first round against Reilly Opelka (6/4 6/7 4/6) last year, Kyrgios has no points to lose but up to 1000 to win – which would allow him to enter the top 20. He would then be seeded at the US Open which is a great advantage for a player who is playing such an amazing season.

The National Bank Open may be to occasion to reignite a rising rivalry between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Carlos Alcaraz. Their three first encounters, all won by the young Spanish, were a delight to the fans: trick shots, tense moments, 5 memorable sets in their first ever meeting at the US Open. Respectively 5 and 4 in the world, Tsitsipas and Alcaraz are only 35 points apart. Their projected encounter in the semi-finals could determine their ATP Rankings. Since he didn’t participate to the tournament last season, if ‘Carlitos’ won their match he would become third in the world, in front of Rafael Nadal. However, beating the young Spanish and reaching the final would give the fourth place in the world to Stefanos Tsitsipas. If he was then able to win his second 1000 Master of the year, he would once again be part of the top 3.

The absence of Sasha Zverev, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal makes this tournament an opportunity for numerous players in search of recognition and points in tennis.

Marnie Abbou

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