Rafael Nadal heads ATP Montreal Field after Djokovic and Federer pull out

Defending champion Rafael Nadal tops the field for the ATP Montreal Masters that begins on Monday, after Roger Federer and
Novak Djokovic pulled out of the critical US Open tuneup.
Djokovic and Federer putting decided not to return to action yet after their sensational Wimbledon final that lasted for more than four hours.
Nadal will like to retain the title he won last year in Toronto when he beat Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final.
Stefanos Tsitsipas takes the fourth seed behind Dominic Thiem of Austria in number 2 and Germany’s Alexander Zverev in the third position.
Djokovic and Federer don’t want to participate in any competition until the Cincinnati Masters begins on August 12, which gives them one tournament before the August 26 start of the US Open, the last Grand Slam of the year.
Federer has been training on hardcourt at home in Switzerland, preparing for the US Open after his dramatic loss to Serbia Nova Djokovic, in which the Swiss held to match points.
However, Djokovic has been seen relaxing at different European beach resorts with his family before picking the racquet once more.
Nadal, in the meantime, is pacing himself after another season plagued by injury. The Spaniard will not decide to participate in the Cincinnati Masters until he checks how he feels after the Montreal competition, to be fit for the US Open.
Nadal could likely face a stern test in the second round after a bye, with a possible match against Alex de Minaur from Australia, who won the Atlanta title a week ago.
Second seed Thiem left it late for the hardcourts; he prefers to remain for a long time on European clay by entering both Hamburg and Kitzbuehel competitions.
“I’ve never won a match in Canada, I’d like to change that, he said.
“Canada is a big goal, ‘I’m really hoping to get a win there.”
Thiem’s first match is against either Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert or Canadian Denis Shapovalov.
Third seed Zverev, who won the title in Montreal two years ago after beating Federer in the final, will play either Hungarian Martin Fucsovic or Briton Cameron Norrie in his first game.

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