Rafael Nadal, a five-time winner of the Canada Open, withdrew from this year’s competition in Montreal because of an abdominal issue. In advance of Cincinnati and the US Open, Nadal, who is in the lead in the ATP Race, gave his competitors an opportunity to catch up to him and make things more interesting.
Instead, despite early Wednesday losses, his biggest rivals were unable to take advantage of it. Stefanos Tsitsipas, Carlos Alcaraz, and Daniil Medvedev all lost in the second round. Next week in Cincinnati, Nadal will strive to extend his lead over them and improve his form in preparation for the US Open.
World No. 1 Daniil Medvedev lost to Nick Kyrgios 6-7, 6-4, 6-2 in the second round after failing to overcome the toughest obstacle available. The Wimbledon finalist and Washington champion lost the opening and maintained his composure to defeat the Russian and earn his second victory over the No. 1 in the globe.
Competitors of Rafael Nadal were unable to establish themselves in Montreal.
Thus, Medvedev lost 1000 points and made it possible for Rafael Nadal or Alexander Zverev to dethrone him from the ATP throne in the coming weeks.
Daniil played worse behind the first serve, and Nick won ten points more than he did. To maintain control of the tempo in sets two and three and win the match, Kyrgios successfully defended both break points and produced three service breaks. After this defeat, Medvedev may already be out of the running.
Rafael Nadal moves up one spot after Cincinnati. The ATP Race is currently held by Carlos Alcaraz, who also had a brief campaign in Montreal. Carlos lost to Tommy Paul 7-6, 6-7, 6-3 in three hours and twenty minutes despite blowing a match point at 7-6 in the second set tie break.
In the second half of the game, Paul fought valiantly and overcame a 4-1 deficit to get back on track and advance to a tie break. To force a decider and establish a significant advantage, the American preserved a match point and won the tiebreaker 9-7.
Paul advanced to the round of 16 by defeating Alcaraz in the fourth game of the final set and clinching the victory on his fifth match point in the ninth game. Jack Draper, a qualifier, defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-5, 7-6 in two hours for a victory that was a career high.
After falling behind 5-4 in the first set, the Briton won three straight games to win it 7-5. Tsitsipas had a 3-1 lead in the second set until he lost it and fell 7-4 in the tie break, allowing the young player to advance.