Rogers Cup draw

Photo by REUTERS/Christinne Muschi

Photo by REUTERS/Christinne Muschi

Well, the draw it out and it’s not good news for a guy who might be feeling rusty. His first match will be against the winner of Ferrer/Troicki.

Also in Rafa’s half: Del Potro, Djokovic, Roddick, Verdasco, Cilic, Soderling, and Robredo. On the other half: Davydenko, Gonzalez, Monfils, Murray, Tsonga, Simon, Stepanek, and Federer.

31 Responses

  1. johanne says:

    This is going to be verrrrrrry interesting… hope Rafa enjoys being out there!

  2. Josh says:

    Well if Rafa is in any sort of goodness; I hope him and Bobby the Sod meet up and Rafa just explodes all over the court.

    That would prove that there is indeed some form of justice in the world.

  3. alik says:

    His first first opponent could have been someone worse than ferrer or troicki so….

  4. sia says:

    No, I would say it is a bit of a rough draw for Rafa … and btw Soderling just pulled out of the tournament in Washington with an injury so he may or may not play in Montreal.

  5. loverafa4ever says:

    is dis a joke? I mean, Roddick, Del potro, Cilic ON rafa’s side… gr8… but the gud thing is dat he doesnt hav to play all of dem… lets c hw this goes… its goin 2 b a real test and Rafa will exactly knw wr he is in terms of his game and knee.

  6. Debs says:

    OK I think all of us agree in terms of Rafa not pushing himself too much this is a good tournament to get him back into the swing of things and being used to being back on tour, but God if there’s any justice in the world Rafa will meet Soderling and just wipe him off the court and show him who’s boss. His draw is tough but Rafa is sensible and he’ll not push himself to the point where the knees are in danger of heading backwards rather than forwards in recovery so here’s to a good tournament some excellent tennis from Rafa and let’s just sit back, relax and enjoy having our boy back! Vamos Rafa

  7. Suzanne says:

    Our boy thrives on tough draws!!! Frankly, I think he seems to do better when he has difficult draws than when it seems like he should breeze through. I’m not happy about the possibility of Ferrer as he is one guy who likes to run his opponents all over the place, but I think that he can handle Troicki (who is a tricky player, but Rafa has had some experience with him and knows his game pretty well). Actually, he knows David’s game pretty well also, but DF is a bit more formidable as an opponent. I agree with the posts above and hope that the Sod-buster does go to Montreal and play and Rafa gets the “W”. I know that he isn’t into “revenge” matches, but it would do Sod a bit of good to eat some humble pie and see how it feels to play when you are hurting as Rafi did at the FO. As well as he played, he still had to fight a heck of a lot to beat our boy when he was in such pain…I know that Rafa is generally as honest as the day is long, but I hope he’s been playing possum a bit and surprizes the pants off everyone and comes out as we know “El Matador del tenis” is capable of!!!

    • miri says:

      I’m not happy about the possibility of Ferrer as he is one guy who likes to run his opponents all over the place, but I think that he can handle Troicki (who is a tricky player, but Rafa has had some experience with him and knows his game pretty well).

      And I think Troicki is more mentally fragile. Ferrer respects but doesn’t fear Rafa and I agree about his ability to make a player run.

      There are no easy draws in these Masters events. It’s such a compressed format, that highly ranked players meet early in the tournament.

    • Carol says:

      Yes, interesting. But – maybe this is what Rafa needs – the real thing and not practice?

  8. johanne says:

    Honestly, I think ANY draw would look tough at this point. Every single one of these guys knows how to play tennis. Rafa will be put the test right away.

    • Suzanne says:

      Let’s hope and pray that his opponents have a false sense of security and Rafa shocks them with his game!

      • Delta says:

        That’s the same thought I had given his peers are recieving same info about Rafa, so hopefuuly they are assumming he’s not at peak form & think he’s going to be treading lightly;) like as if,
        no? like you stated he’s the “El Matador del tenis!” Plus have to factor in he’s the defending champ and mentally he will be tough once he has his “game face” on. :( Icing on the cake if he destroys Soderling, not in the name of “revenge” but pure dominace!!!

  9. ally says:

    rafa looks rusty..hope he turns out fine

  10. nic says:

    Everything you guys have said pretty much covers it – tough draw indeed, but woulda been tough regardless which side of the draw he was. It’s a masters series! At least it’s a best out of 3. Not as taxing as best out of 5. But at the same time Rafa would probably like to have more court time if possible. Oh well, just take it easy Rafa. Getting any match time will be good. Now that that’s covered, I’d like to say I really like that picture :) He’s looking very cute. And fresh. Adorable smile. Wonder what the context of that shot is. Bit strange setting.

  11. mary says:

    Just want to add a different twist to this draw. I looked at Federers draw and was extremely happy to see that he is up against tough opponents as well. There’s a number of players that could knock him off. Wawrinka, Kiefer, Simon, Stepanek, Lleyton, Monfils, the list goes on. Rafa is up against very talented players, always is. It’s tough but not impossible

  12. tiemyshoe says:

    Really wouldn’t be a surprise for Rafa to lose in the first round in his first tournament back, so I see every victory as a bonus. KICK ASS, RAF.

    • Suzanne says:

      He can’t go out until the second round as he has a bye (if we’re splitting hairs). No matter what happens, we’ll cheer him on, but I do hope that he gets the warm reception he deserves and it spurs him on to a great performance. We’ve all seen this guy win against insurmountable odds (down 5 match points against Nalbandian at Indian Wells, for example, and also the AO win!) and this is no different. We can wonder and predict all we want, but the proof will be in the first match. He’ll probably start slow, but get into a rythm.

  13. An says:

    Well, to be honest i don’t think its the foughest draw he’d ever had… I’m sort of happy with it!

    In possible opponents for 3rd round is see Robredo or Querry
    4 th the Sod, Kohlschreiber or Melzer
    DelPo won’t be before QF.

    Verdasco, Roddick, Djoko are all in the other Quarter ( is that a correct word?), so he just gets to play only one off them in SF!

    But lets take it one match at a time, like Rafa himself, first one could be tricky enough indeed.
    We are with you Rafa, you can do it!

  14. AnaR says:

    This it’s too difficult in this moment..Ferrer oh, no! he knows very well Rafa and also his situation.. very dangerous.. David can win to Nadal.. OMG!. Although here we prefer that if someone win to Rafa.. better an spaniard player and not Soderling..

  15. mary says:

    I’d love it if Rafi found his form immediately and met up with soderling in the quarters and showed him some humility by beating the arse off him! I can dream. :) :D

  16. AnaR says:

    Yes, mary we can dream.

    • Carol says:

      Indeed, sometimes with the drama over the last few months after such a brilliant 2008 season, everything all gets a bit too intense for us and we need to dream.

      Hope I don’t sound too incoherent here, but I’m getting nervy butterflies in my tummy already about Rafa stepping onto court… *trying to be with colm but not succeeding very well*

  17. faecoleman says:

    Yep I think we are all dreaming here. I am not expecting too much from Rafa, its tough enough coming off injury let alone playing straight into a master series. I just really hope he doesn’t lose in the 2nd round, after all we want to see abit more of him than that!! + a couple a wins would boost his confidence, common Rafa, you can do it!!!

  18. Elizabeth says:

    From a dedicated Rafa fan. After many years of enjoying tennis greats, Rafa got me when he..struggled through hello, smile, humility after an absolutely breathtaking perfomance on the court. Therefore,survival through a tough draw in Canada in this comeback is not most critical to those who have come to love to see him. He may conceivably have shortened his career by the extraordinary demand he has asked of his body but he has given those of us who follow him peak experiences in tennis and in sports today. We need to see him back. We ask for wisdom of Rafa and his team to guide the use of his talent and the mending of his knees through these first demanding matches so that we all may again enjoy the full range of what he is capable of for a very long time.

  19. mary says:

    You may already know that Sod has withdrawn from Montreal. He will be sorely missed NOT!!!!. Is it me or does anyone else find it a little selfish that Fed is abandoning his twins to play in a tourney. He doesn’t need to play this one. Maybe Cinci. How single minded is that!!!!!!!!!!!! :(

  20. loverafa4ever says:

    The draw is not too bad when I think about it… coz Rafa doesnt have to play with Roddick, or cilic or Verdesco till her reaches the semis.. and he has to play only one of them, including Novak… He has to deal with Del potro before semis. Datz the biggest hurdle before reaching semis.

  21. furqi says:

    Well! Rafa needs to win some rounds atleast in montreal because his difference from Murray is almost 1000 points. Being nadal rusty, If Murray wins the rogers cup, he can come close to nadal. So, hope fir nadal to do his best.

  22. Ch F says:

    I just hope he manages to hold on to No2, it will be very important for his confidence…great to see you back Rafa!

    • Delta says:

      Ch F, Member were talking about Rafel; ) as I read is another name famalia & friends call him. ; )
      He has mindset, always “for sure” to come out with “special motivation” no? So I’m not going to entertain the thought of holding onto No. 2, I’m w/postive acktitude he will retain 2 & recover
      No.1 if gets the “V” here and does well, if not win Cincy and the elusive “Master Serious” US Open”
      It seems like a Big task, but NEVER count Nadal out, HIS game is as much mental as it is physical.
      Has big advantage there! Look back to what he did on this year AO, & OWNED the Clay court tourneys, minus Madrid. All while he was battling patella problems, unknown to his legion of fans.
      So, Hold onto hope…..