National Open Bank | Felix Auger-Aliassime is the only Canadian favorite in the lottery

Félix Auger-Alissiame will be able to take advantage of a favorable lottery for the National Bank Open in Montreal, unlike his countrymen who are participating in the tournament.

Posted yesterday at 5:42 PM.

Nicholas Richard

Nicholas Richard
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Quebec, who was ranked sixth, benefited from a goodbye in the first round, as did the other seeded players in the table. Luck smiled for the athlete, who turns 22 on Monday, in the second round, where he will face a player from the playoffs. So it’s usually the least talented player who has already played qualifying matches.

Auger-Aliassime will have an excellent chance of reaching the semi-finals, because in his part of the table, if logic is respected, he will face Britain’s ninth seed Cameron Norrie. Quebec has won four duels so far. Then he could come across Roberto Bautista Agut. Once again, the FAA has a winning record against him, winning three of the four games he’s played against the Spaniard. His main opponent to reach the semi-finals is fourth seed Casper Rudd. However, the hard surface is not the one where the Norwegian, who reached the final at the last Roland Garros tournament, is the most comfortable, unlike Auger-Aliassime.

Besides Rudd, the only FAA-ranked player at the top of the table is Daniil Medvedev, world No. 1. Thus, if the logic is respected, the players who faced each other in the quarter-finals at the Australian Open, can cross again, this time in front of the fans of Montreal.

A difficult task for Galarno, Pospisil and Shapovalov

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Denis Shapovalov

The compatriots of Felix Auger-Aliassime were not so lucky. Denis Shapovalov and Alexis Galarno also find themselves at the top of the table.

Shapovalov will fight the most complex duel. He will face Alex de Minaur in the first round. The Australian, who is one place ahead of the Canadian in the ATP rankings, is on the rise. He also won the Atlanta Championship less than a week ago. For his part, Shapovalov is going through more difficult times for a year, and he is struggling to restore his former rhythm.

If he wins, Shapovalov will face the winner of the duel between Grigor Dimitrov (16) and Quebec Alexis Galarno. At 23 years old, Gallarno has said goodbye to the main drag and it won’t be easy for her to start. The Laval native just reached the Challenger Championship final in Winnipeg.

In the last part of the bottom of the table, Vasek Pospisil also fell poorly: 141e In the ATP rankings, he will face Canada’s Tommy Ball, seeded 34 .e Rank. The American won their only clash.

Should he win, it will be a formidable task in the second round against young player Carlos Alcaraz, the second seed and winner of four titles since the start of the season.

At the bottom of the table, if logic is respected, Carlos Alcaraz will face Andre Rublev (5) in the quarter-finals, while Yannick Sener (7) and Stefanos Tsitsipas (3) will face off with swords.

Interesting games

Among the must-watch matches, last Wimbledon finalist Nick Kyrgios will face Sebastian Baez in the first round. If he wins, he will have a date with Medvedev, and this match could spark some sparks. This could be the biggest surprise of the tournament, because Kyrgios has proven in the past that he can take down players of Russian caliber.

The confrontation between the next generation of American tennis, Taylor Fritz, winner of the Indian Wells Championships in the spring, and veteran Andy Murray, winner of three times in Canada, will be the heated confrontation. The same for the duel between Riley Opelka (14) and Gael Monfils, which will undoubtedly be amazing.

missing marks

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Rafael Nadal

Over the past two days, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, two of the greatest champions in history, withdrew from the tournament.

The draw is open to all the top ranked and the winner is likely to be one of the future stars in the ring. In fact, the oldest of the eight candidates is defender Daniil Medvedev, who is 26 years old.



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