Daniil Medvedev & Nick Kyrgios on a collision course in Montreal | ATP Tour

That National Bank Open Presented by Rogers The singles draw was released on Friday, with a possible second-round showdown between the world no Daniel Medvedev and Nick Kyrgios among the surprises.

Kyrgios holds a 2-1 lead in the pair’s ATP Head2Head, despite Medvedev being victorious in that one Australian Open meet earlier this year. The Aussie must pass Sebastian Bass to set up a rematch where Medvedev earns a bye as a top seed in Montreal. eighth seed Hubert Hurkacz is a potential opponent in the quarterfinals for both men, while Kasper Ruud and Felix Auger-Aliassime Headlines in the second quarter.

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Carlo Alcaraz, who is targeting his third ATP Masters 1000 title, occupies the final result of the draw as the second seed. He could hit the fifth seed Andrei Rublev first time in the quarterfinals. The 19-year-old is making his Montreal debut after winning his first two Masters 1000 trophies in Miami and Madrid this year.

“Everything is going well at the moment,” he said at the draw ceremony. “I like the weather. I like the pitch. At the moment I feel great.

“I saw the draw but only the first round,” said Alcaraz, who will face off Thomas Paul or Vasek Pospisil in his opening game. “Every opponent is tough, so it’s going to be a really tough first round. I’ll enjoy the first time here. Every time I come to a city or to a tournament [for the first time], I really enjoy it. It’s something new for me.”

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In the third quarter of the draw Stefanos Tsitsipas and Jannik sinner lined up for a sixth ATP Head2Head meeting should the seeds hold up.

“I see my chances [as] pretty good this year,” said the Greek at the draw ceremony. “I’m going to have to stick with what I do best. I work hard on the pitch. I hope for a good success in Montreal because I like this place. It has a very, very good culture. The people here have a very good sports culture, which I really like.”

The third-placed is aiming for his first win at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Montreal. In two appearances at the Toronto venue, he has reached a final (2018) and a semi-final (2021).

Since then he has played in his first event Wimbledon, said Tsitsipas, the dishes felt slower than expected, which he likes. Alcaraz, coming from two clay court finals in Hamburg and Umag, felt the opposite: “I came here and the first feeling I had was ‘too fast for me’,” he said, laughing.

The draw also featured a number of first round highlights including TaylorFritz vs. Andy Murray, Denis Shapovalov against Alex de Minuar, Gael Monfils vs. Reilly Opelka and Pablo Carreno Busta vs. Matteo Berretini.

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