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Tennis: Daniil Medvedev and Iga Swiatek favorites for the National Bank Open

Tennis Canada announced Monday the list of seeds for the 2022 edition of the National Bank Open. Reigning champion and ATP number one Daniil Medvedev will be the men’s favorite in Montreal, while Iga Swiatek, the record holder for the longest winning streak (37) of the 21e century, will head the table in Toronto. Seeds are determined based on official ATP and WTA rankings at 1er August 2022, the top 16 male and female players in this group.

Medvedev, the 2021 champion, will be looking to claim his fifth ATP Masters 1000 Tour crown when he plays in Canada for the fifth time in his career. However, he will have to deal with Rafael Nadal, five-time tournament champion and second seed. In 2008, the Spaniard conquered top honors as the second seed and, 14 years later, he still has the weapons to succeed. The top-5 is completed by the winners of Masters 1000 in 2022 Carlos Alcaraz (Miami and Madrid), Stefanos Tsitsipas (Monte-Carlo) and Novak Djokovic (Rome). Montrealer Félix Auger-Aliassime, who currently occupies the 9e step of the classification, will be the 8e seeded in his hometown.

“Being able to welcome the best ATP players to Montreal again,” said Eugène Lapierre, manager of the National Bank Open in Montreal. Players love coming to Montreal because they know the stadium will be filled with passionate fans who support them. On the other hand, fans understand how privileged they are that the National Bank Open presented by Rogers is part of the most important international tennis circuit. This year, among the top seeds, they will have the opportunity to encourage young stars, including Carlos Alcaraz, Casper Ruud and our Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime. »

In Toronto, Swiatek, who has been the most prolific player on the women’s tour this year, will top the singles draw. In her only appearance at the Canadian tournament, Swiatek had won over the Toronto crowd in 2019. After passing the qualifying stages, the Pole had reached the round of 16 thanks to impressive gains at the expense of Ajla Tomljanovic and Caroline Wozniakci, champion in 2010. Anett Kontaveit (2e), finalist of the 2021 WTA Finals, Maria Sakkari (3e), Paula Badosa (4e), 2021 Open BNP Paribas champion as well as Ons Jabeur (5e), champion of the Madrid Open, will join the world number one. Leylah Annie Fernandez, 19, is the only Canadian among the seeds and will occupy the 13e rank.

“We are delighted to welcome the most distinguished draw in the history of the National Bank Open presented by Rogers, mentioned Karl Hale, manager of the National Bank Open in Toronto. Fans will have the privilege of seeing the legendary Serena and Venus Williams, Canadians Leylah Annie Fernandez and defending Toronto champion Bianca Andreescu in action, along with many other superstars as they set out to conquer the prestigious trophy. This will definitely be one of our best tournaments. »

Canadian top seeds

Quebecers Auger-Aliassime and Fernandez will be the best Canadians in their respective tables. Auger-Aliassime, who won his first ATP title last February, is in excellent shape and should manage to take several steps in Montreal, in front of his supporters. It was in 2019 that he signed his best result at the National Bank Open by advancing to the third round. As for Fernandez, the 2021 U.S. Open runner-up, she will be looking to win her first main draw match at the Canadian tournament. Last March, Fernandez successfully defended his Monterrey, Mexico event crown and excelled throughout the 2022 season.

The official draw for the two parts of the National Bank Open, which will determine the confrontations of the week, will take place on Friday, August 5.

Montreal Ranking:

FIRST IN THE SERIES

PLAYER

RANKING

1

Daniel Medvedev

1

2

Rafael Nadal (ESP)

3

3

Carlos Alcaraz (ESP)

4

4

Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE)

5

5

Novak Djokovic (SRB)

6

6

Casper Ruud (NOR)

7

7

Andrey Rublev

8

8

Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN)

9

9

Jannik Sinner (ITA)

10

10

Hubert Hurkacz (POL)

11

11

Cameron Norrie (GBR)

12

12

Taylor Fritz (USA)

13

13

Matteo Berrettini (ITA)

14

14

Diego Schwartzman (ARG)

15

15

Marin Cilic (CRO)

16

16

Reilly Opelka (USA)

17

Toronto Ranking:

FIRST IN THE SERIES

PLAYER

RANKING

1

Iga Swiatek (POL)

1

2

Anett Kontaveit (EST)

2

3

Maria Sakkari (GRE)

3

4

Paula Badosa (ESP)

4

5

Ons Jabeur (TUN)

5

6

Aryna Sabalenka

6

7

Jessica Pegula (USA)

7

8

Garbine Muguruza (ESP)

8

9

Emma Raducanu (GBR)

10

10

Coco Gauff (USA)

11

11

Daria Kasatkina

12

12

Belinda Bencic (SUI)

13

13

Leylah Annie Fernandez (CAN)

14

14

Karolina Pliskova (CZE)

15

15

Simona Halep (ROU)

16

16

Jelena Ostapenko (LAT)

17

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