Carlos Alcaraz will start the American tour at the Masters 1,000 in Montreal against the American Tommy Paul or the Canadian Vasek Pospisil, with a hypothetical crossover with the Russian Andrey Rublev in the quarterfinals. Without Rafa Nadal, who announced his absence due to “some minor inconvenience “, nor the Serbian Novak Djokovic, who cannot access Canada due to his refusal to be vaccinated, Alcaraz, 4 in the ATP, is the second seed in the Canadian tournament, behind the Russian Daniil Medvedev. The draw has fueled the options that Alcaraz could storm the number 1 in the world before the US Open. The Murcian needs to win one of the two Masters 1,000 (Montreal or Cincinnati) and reach the final in the other. These results must be accompanied by Medvedev not stepping on a semifinal or reaching the quarterfinals in both tournaments. It is not easy for all these circumstances to occur, but the mathematical possibility is on the track. The number 1 in the ATP will have a difficult rival in his first match on the Canadian track. In the second round, Kyrgios could be measured, as long as he beats Sebastián Baez in the previous duel. The Australian, a finalist at Wimbledon, won two of his three duels with the Russian, although he fell in the last one at the Australian Open. Medvedev would then be awaited by Dimitrov, Shapovalov or De Miñaur, while in the quarterfinals he could meet the Pole Hubert Hurkacz. In Alcaraz’s side are Stefanos Tsitsipas, third seeded, and the Italian Jannik Sinner, executioner of the Spanish at Wimbledon and in the Umag final. Alcaraz would not face Tsitsipas or Sinner before the semifinals. “Everything is going well at the moment, I like the weather, I like the track, at the moment I feel very good. I saw the draw, but only the first round. Every rival is tough, so it will be a difficult first round,” he said. Alcaraz in statements to the ATP. The Murcian accumulates this course a background of 12 wins and 2 losses on hard court. He is the player with the second highest percentage of matches won on this surface in 2022 (85%), only surpassed by Rafael Nadal (20-1 record, 95% effectiveness). “I’m going to enjoy my first time here. Every time I go to a new city or tournament, I really enjoy it. It’s something new for me,” says Alcaraz, who will turn 50 this season with his first game in Montreal. In addition, he is already the first player who has managed to win 75 matches after playing his first 100 matches in the ATP. Of the rest of the Spaniards in contention, Alejandro Davidovic will start his participation against the Argentine Diego Schwarzman; Pablo Carreño, against the Italian Matteo Berrettini, and Albert Ramos, against David Goffin. Roberto Bautista, seeded fourteenth, will debut against a player from the rankings.
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