MISE À DAY
In one day, the National Bank Open lost its first three seeds in their inaugural game on Wednesday.
Beaten in the second round, after earning a bye for the opening round, Daniil Medvedev (1), Carlos Alcaraz (2) and Stefanos Tsitsipas (3) all met an untimely end on center court at the expense of Nick -Kyrgios , Tommy Paul and Jack Draper respectively.
This is the first time that the three main favorites of a Masters 1000 tournament have been eliminated since the competition in Indian Wells, in California, almost 23 years ago.
As recalled by Greg Sharko, ATP communications manager Pete Sampras, Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Alex Corretja suffered the same fate against, in order, Felix Mantilla, Gustavo Kuerten and Mark Philippoussis in 1999. < /p>
Let's also add that the fifth seed in Montreal, Andrey Rublev, also gave in on Wednesday when he was defeated by Daniel Evans.
Never to Montreal
The National Bank Open has never experienced such a situation according to its director, Eugène Lapierre, who commented on this rare situation.
“People definitely want to see the favourites, he told Journal in an interview, but we are not mistaken in saying that Nick Kyrgios [who was not ranked among the 16 favorites] attracts more than the best players in the world.
“I, as an organizer, want the headliners to go as far as possible, but, honestly, if I was a spectator, I would like to see -Kyrgios. It's a big attraction, like Félix [Auger-Aliassime] obviously.
“What disappointed me the most was the rapid elimination of Carlos Alcaraz, added Lapierre. He arrives in Montreal for the first time and the public wants to discover him. We have not seen it to its full extent. »
Well, at only 19 years old and already ranked fourth in the world, we will see him every two years for a long time.
< strong>It's the… double's fault
Many people wonder how the schedule of games is determined each day at the National Bank Open.
The answer is very simple: it all depends on the… duplication of participants.
“The problem, explains Lapierre, is these players who are not only engaged in singles, but also in doubles.
“There is a convention in tennis where you must play your singles match before playing doubles. »
We see that in the portion of the table where Auger-Aliassime is, a good number of players also compete in doubles, including Cameron Norrie, who faced the Quebecer on Thursday.
“There is it's a safe bet that all the players in this portion of the roster will be playing their singles match during the day, probably until Saturday, but nothing prevents us from putting them on the schedule at the end of the afternoon”, d'' affirm Lapierre.
A magical evening with Félix
Lapierre experienced great emotions on Wednesday night when he attended Auger-Aliassime's first victory.
“It was great to see this atmosphere,” said the boss. I was very scared of this game. I have seen Quebecers and Canadians under pressure to play at home. Félix is a human being and he, too, had to bear this pressure. , he continued. The first set was tight. We all knew that his opponent [Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka] could cause problems, as he demonstrated recently by beating good players like Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov.
“Felix had to be able to manhandle him in power. It was good to see him come out of a complicated first set [which he won in the tiebreaker] before he kicked into high gear in the second set. It was there that I realized that he was in full possession of his faculties. »