A year ago, outside of the Top 50, Carlos Alcaraz wasn’t ranked high enough to enter the main draw in Canada. Twelve months later, as No. 4 in Pepperstone’s ATP rankings, the Spaniard is the second seed of the tournament which drew its main draw on Friday, marking his first time among the seeds of the Top 2 in an ATP Masters 1000.
The 19-year-old from Murcia will play from Monday at the National Bank Open presented by Rogers his first ATP tournament on hard courts since winning his first title in this type of tournament at the Miami Open presented by Itaú. 12-2 is his mark of the year on this surface, making him the player with the second highest percentage of games won on these courts in 2022 (85%), surpassed only by Rafael Nadal (record 20- 1.95 ERA). %).
And in Montreal, he will be looking for more success since his debut against the winner of the duel between local Vasek Pospisil and American Tommy Paul. He will play his 50th game of the season against one of the two. The one trained by former No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero is the leader in wins of the year (42), tied with Stefanos Tsitsipas who will start in Montreal as the third seed and against a player from the qualifying round.
“At the moment everything is going well,” Alcaraz said during the draw ceremony. “I like the weather. I like the pitch. Right now I feel very good. I’m going to have a tough first game. I’m going to enjoy my first time here. Every time I come to a city or a tournament [por primera vez], I really appreciate. It’s something new for me.”
His potential quarter-final rival would be fifth seed Andrey Rublev, who will have a tough opening against Filip Krajinovic or Daniel Evans.
Daniil Medvedev, meanwhile, will be the top seed and a difficult start is already assured: it will be against the winner of the duel between the Australian Nick Kyrgios and the Argentinian Sebastián Báez. Hubert Hurkacz, who starts against Stan Wawrinka or Ruusuvuori, would be the world No. 1’s quarter-final opponent if rankings favoritism prevails.
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Others will have tough first-round starts, including several Hispanics. Diego Schwartzman, for example, will start against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, and the winner will meet Albert Ramos-Viñolas or David Goffin. In addition, Francisco Cerúndolo will be Karen Khachanov’s rival. However, perhaps the toughest duel will be Pablo Carreño Busta when he takes to the track to take on eleventh-seeded Matteo Berrettini.