Men’s Tournament Highlights 1990-Present
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal captured his fourth Rogers Cup title and his first in Toronto in a decade. En route to the final, the Spaniard defeated Benoit Paire, Stan Wawrinka, Marin Cilic, and Karen Khachanov before facing Greek sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final. Tsitsipas, who celebrated his 20th birthday on championship Sunday, was the story of tournament. After starting the season ranked no. 91 in the world, he knocked out Novak Djokovic, Kevin Anderson, and defending champion Alexander Zverev to reach his first Masters 1000 final. In the end, experience overcame youth as Nadal posted a 6-2, 7-6(4) victory. In doubles, Henri Kontinen and John Peers defeated Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus 6-2, 6-7(7), 10-6 to lift the trophy.
World no. 8 Alexander Zverev took home his maiden Rogers Cup crown and second career Masters 1000 title at just 20 years of age. The German defeated Richard Gasquet, Nick Kyrgios, Kevin Anderson, and Denis Shapovalov before meeting Roger Federer in the championship match. The Swiss was trying to win his third title on Canadian soil after being crowned champion in 2004 and 2006, but Zverev had other plans and posted an impressive 6-3, 6-4 upset victory. In doubles, the French team of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut lifted the winners’ trophy. The fifth seeded duo upset the Bryan brothers in the semifinals and defeated the 2016 Rogers Cup champions Rohan Bopanna and Ivan Dodig in the final.
Novak Djokovic captured his fourth career title at the Rogers Cup, all without dropping a single set. After falling short in the 2015 final, the Serb defeated Kei Nishikori of Japan, the tournament’s third seed, in the final. This marked Djokovic’s tenth victory over his Japanese opponent. His wins over Gaël Monfils, Tomas Berdych, Radek Stapanek and Gilles Muller allowed Djokovic to reach his fifth final of the Canadian tournament. In doubles, the team composed of Ivan Dodig and Mercelo Melo won their first Rogers Cup trophy. Following a win over the Romanian duo of Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau in the quarter-finals, they overcame Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares, the tournament’s second seeds, to add their names to the list of past champions.
After an early exit in 2015, Milos Raonic came back stronger in 2016 and reached the quarter-finals. He eliminated Yen-Hsun Lu of China and American Jared Donaldson, before falling to the Frenchman Gaël Monfils in straight sets 6-4, 6-4. It was also Monfils who eliminated Vancouver native Vasek Pospisil in the second round of the tournament. Prior to his elimination, Pospisil had earned a victory over Frenchman Jeremy Chardy. Canadian wild card recipients Denis Shapovalov, Steven Diez and Peter Polansky demonstrated that they were deserving of a spot in the main draw. In fact, the young Toronto native Shapovalov caused an upset when he defeated the Australian Nick Kyrgios, the tournament’s 11th seed, in a lengthy first round battle, which ended 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-3. Diez and Polansky also reached the second round thanks to hard-fought battles. Finally, Daniel Nestor, who had reached the doubles final the previous year, made the semi-finals playing alongside compatriot Pospisil. The two fell to the tournament’s second seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares, 6-4, 6-7(5), 10-7. The Canadian pair was preparing to compete in the Rio Olympic Games.
Andy Murray of Great Britain captured his third Rogers Cup in a showdown of the tournament’s top two players. His defeat of world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in Montreal snapped Murray’s eight-match losing streak against the Serb. Wins over Kei Nishikori, defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gilles Muller, and Tommy Robredo paved the way to Murray’s third appearance in the singles final and championship title. On the doubles side, American twins Bob and Mike Bryan captured their fifth doubles title at Rogers Cup in what was their record seventh appearance in the Canadian final. A win over defending champions Alexander Peya of Austria and Brazilian Bruno Soares in the semifinals set up a final duel against Canadian Daniel Nestor and his partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France, which the Bryan brothers took 7-6(5), 3-6, 10-6.
Returning to the city where he found so much success in 2013, Milos Raonic hoped to replicate those results again in Montreal. But after a first-round bye, Raonic faced fellow big server Ivo Karlovic and was upset 7-6(1), 7-6(1). Fellow Canadian Vasek Pospisil breezed by the first round against qualifier Yen-Hsun Lu, however then fell to American John Isner in a gruelling 7-6(1), 3-6, 6-3 match. Canada saw great success in doubles though, with Daniel Nestor making his fifth appearance in the Rogers Cup final. Along with French partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin, the unseeded duo upset No. 2 seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo and No. 5 seeds Marcin Matkowski and Nenad Zimonjic en route. Nestor and Roger-Vasselin’s run ended after a closely fought match in the final to American brothers Bob and Mike Bryan.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France was a surprise winner of the Rogers Cup. Seeded no. 13 in the tournament, Tsonga defeated World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Grigor Dimitrov, and Roger Federer in the final en route to the title. It marked the first time since 2004 that the Rogers Cup champion was not named Federer, Rafael Nadal, Djokovic, or Murray. Tsonga beat four Top 10 players to capture the second Masters 1000 title of his career on the ATP World Tour and his first since 2008. In doubles, Austrian Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares of Brazil successfully defended the title they won in Montreal in 2013 thanks to a 6-4, 6-3 win over Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo in the championship match.
All eyes were focused on our two Canadian stars Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil after their incredible runs in Montreal in 2013. Both arrived in Toronto full of confidence after facing eachother in the ATP’s first ever all-Canadian final in Washington the week before the Rogers Cup. Raonic beat Pospisil and carried the momentum to reach the quarter-finals in his hometown before falling in three sets to Spaniard Feliciano Lopez. Despite 13 aces, Pospisil was defeated in the first round by then world no. 12 Richard Gasquet of France. For his part, Frank Dancevic was beaten in his opening match by American Donald Young. Daniel Nestor posted the best Canadian result in doubles, reaching the semifinals with his partner Nenad Zimonjic. The tournament’s third seeds were beated by the eventual champions.
It was a thrilling 2013 Rogers Cup, which featured two incredible semifinal matches – Milos Raonic defeating Vasek Pospisil in all-Canadian semifinal to become the first Canadian to reach the final since 1958, and Rafael Nadal ousting Novak Djokovic in an intense three-set affair to advance into his third Rogers Cup final. In the end, Nadal defeated Raonic in the championship match to bring his record in Canadian finals to a perfect 3-0. In doubles, No. 3-seeded Austrian-Brazilian pair Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares overcame Brits Colin Fleming and Andy Murray to win their first Rogers Cup title.
It was a banner year for Canadians at Rogers Cup, with five players representing the maple leaf reaching the second round. Wild cards Frank Dancevic, Jesse Levine, Filip Peliwo, and Vasek Pospisil, along with No. 11 seed Milos Raonic, all won their opening matches to give Canada the most players of any nation in the second round. Qualifier Peter Polansky was also one set away from making it six Canadians, before losing to No. 9 seed Kei Nishikori. For Peliwo, his win over Jarkko Nieminen was his first ATP World Tour match victory. Pospisil and Raonic then both went on the best runs of their careers so far – Pospisil reaching his first Masters 1000 semifinal, picking up his maiden Top 10 win over Tomas Berdych en route, and Raonic becoming the first Canadian in 55 years to make the final, his first at a Masters 1000 tournament. They collided in the semifinals, with Raonic earning the victory in a third-set tiebreaker. In doubles, Daniel Nestor and Swede Robert Lindstedt reached the semifinals.
To the delight of tennis fans in Toronto, Novak Djokovic successfully defended his Rogers Cup title after defeating Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the final. The Serb captured his third Canadian crown to go along with the trophies he won in 2007 and 2011. In doubles, American twins Bob and Mike Bryan were crowned champions for the fourth time thanks to a triumph in the match tiebreaker over the Spanish duo of Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez.
In his third appearance at Rogers Cup, Milos Raonic pleased his hometown fans by reaching the quarter-finals (his first at a Masters 1000 event) before dropping a tightly-disputed match against American John Isner. Just like in 2011, Vasek Pospisil was able to reach the second round, defeating Italian Andreas Seppi before falling to Juan Monaco of Argentina. Frank Dancevic and Peter Polansky both lost in the first round. In doubles, the Canadian teams of Pospisil/Dancevic and Philip Bester/Adil Shamasdin were eliminated in the opening round while Daniel Nestor was a quarter-finalist alongside Max Mirnyi of Belarus.
Tennis fans watching on Centre Court at STADE IGA experienced a record-breaking performance by Novak Djokovic, playing in his first tournament as world No. 1. Facing Mardy Fish of the United States in the final, the Serb won in three sets to claim his fifth Masters 1000 title of the season, an ATP World Tour record. In the doubles final, Michael Llodra of France and Serbian Nenad Zimonjic defeated defending champions Bob and Mike Bryan. A runner-up in 2010 with Julien Benneteau, Llodra and his new partner conquered the Bryan brothers in a thrilling super tiebreak to win the championship.
Canadian fans had another reason to cheer this year as two up-and-coming Canadian tennis stars took to the court against the world’s best players. While Montreal native Erik Chvojka was unsuccessful in the first round, Vancouver’s Vasek Pospisil defeated world No. 22 Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina and moved on to play No. 3 Roger Federer in the second round. Although he lost in two close sets to the 2004 and 2006 Rogers Cup champion, Pospisil showed great talent and promise. In doubles play, Daniel Nestor and his Belarusian partner Max Mirnyi finished their tournament in the semifinals after falling to eventual champions Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic.
Great Britain’s Andy Murray successfully defended his title at the Rexall Centre in Toronto. To do so, he defeated Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in consecutive matches, in the semifinals and final, an achievement that very few players have accomplished. The Bryan brothers took home the doubles title after defeating the French team of Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra in the final.
Peter Polansky brought the Toronto crowd to its feet by defeating Jurgen Melzer in the opening round, his first victory over a Top 20 player. He dropped his second round match to Victor Hanescu of Romania who eliminated Milos Raonic in the first round. Frank Dancevic and Pierre-Ludovic Duclos also lost their opening matches. Dancevic fell to Stanislas Wawrinka while Duclos was taken out by Yen-Hsun Lu. Even though they lost in the second round of doubles, Vasek Pospisil and Milos Raonic caused quite a stir when they knocked off Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the first round. Meanwhile, Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic had their run end in the quarter-finals.
Montreal was treated to the best of the best, as for the first time in ATP World Tour history, the Top 8 players in the world reached the quarter-finals. Great Britain’s Andy Murray took home the title after coming out on top in a hotly disputed final against Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro. More than 200,000 spectators attended Rogers Cup, a number which broke the previous world record for a one-week tournament established by Montreal during the 2007 edition of the Canadian stop. Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles were crowned champions in doubles.
Several Canadians distinguished themselves during the 2009 edition of Rogers Cup. Eighteen-year-old Milos Raonic came through qualifying to earn a spot in the main draw and came within one point of pulling off an upset against Fernando Gonzalez in the first round. Peter Polansky defeated his compatriot Bruno Agostinelli in the first round before falling to world No. 4 Novak Djokovic. FrÃ©dÃ©ric Niemeyer made the most of his final Rogers Cup appearance, ousting Igor Kunitsyn in the first round and playing his last match in Montreal on Centre Court against the best player in the world, Roger Federer. Frank Dancevic was eliminated in the first round by Gilles Simon, while Daniel Nestor and partner Nenad Zimonjic reached the semifinals before falling to the eventual champions.
Rafael Nadal defeated Germany’s Nicolas Kiefer 6-3, 6-2 in the final at Toronto’s Rexall Centre to become the second player since 1995 to capture two Rogers Cup singles titles. He joined Roger Federer as the only other multiple winner in the last 15 years. In doubles, Daniel Nestor won his home tournament for the second time in his illustrious career alongside partner Nenad Zimonjic. The pair defeated the Bryan brothers 6-2, 4-6, 10-6 in the championship match.
Frank Dancevic gave the hometown fans reason to cheer after ousting Croatian Mario Ancic in the opening round before falling to world No. 3 Novak Djokovic of Serbia in a tight second-round contest. Meanwhile, Frédéric Niemeyer and Peter Polansky both fell in their first-round matches, to Tommy Robredo and Jesse Levine respectively.
Serbia’s Novak Djokovic worked hard to become the seventh man to win Rogers Cup in his first appearance at the event. Djokovic knocked off the Top 3 players in the world in succession, eliminating Andy Roddick, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer along the way to the trophy. The doubles title was claimed by the team of Mahesh Bhupathi and Pavel Vizner.
Frank Dancevic fell one set short of a semifinal berth at the tournament, defeating Juan Martin Del Potro, Wayne Odesnik and Fernando Verdasco before falling to Nadal in three sets. Other Canadians were not as fortunate, as Peter Polansky and Philip Bester lost in the first round.
Roger Federer regained possession of the Rogers Cup championship trophy, his second title in a row at Toronto’s Rexall Centre. The world’s top player bested Richard Gasquet of France in the final. In doubles, the Bryan brothers knocked off Toronto’s Daniel Nestor and Mark Knowles of the Bahamas en route to the title.
Frank Dancevic survived an all-Canadian first-round encounter with Peter Polansky before falling to No. 14 Jarkko Nieminen in the second round. Nestor, meanwhile, lost to No. 13 Tomas Berdych in the first round.
Young Spaniard Rafael Nadal announced his presence at Rogers Cup in Montreal with a commanding performance that culminated in a three-set win over American legend Andre Agassi to clinch the title. The Zimbabwean tandem of Wayne Black and Kevin Ullyett took home the doubles crown at the event.
None of the Canadian quartet of Frederic Niemeyer, Philip Bester, Frank Dancevic, or Rob Steckley could move on past the first round of the singles main draw. Niemeyer fell to No. 5 seed Nikolay Davydenko, Bester lost to Ricardo Melo, Dancevic was eliminated by Xavier Malisse, and Steckley could not handle Kenneth Carlsen.
Swiss star Roger Federer captured his first Canadian Masters Series title by defeating American Andy Roddick. India’s Mahesh Bhupathi won his second straight doubles title in Canada, this time alongside compatriot Leander Paes.
Frank Dancevic, Simon Larose and Daniel Nestor all suffered first-round losses, while Fred Niemeyer reached the second round by defeating Spaniard David Sanchez before losing to Peruvian Luis Horna in three sets.
American sensation Andy Roddick was at his best, capturing his first ATP Masters Series singles title after defeating Argentina’s David Nalbandian in the final. The doubles title was picked up by the duo of India’s Mahesh Bhupathi and Max Mirnyi from Belarus.
Simon Larose had his best Master Series Canada, as he advanced into the third round. Larose defeated No. 13 seed Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil and Argentina’s Jose Acasuso before falling to the top seed, American Andre Agassi. Daniel Nestor advanced to the second round, defeating American Robby Ginepri before bowing out to Thailand’s Paradorn Srichaphan, the tournament’s No. 11 seed. Frederic Niemeyer and Frank Dancevic were both eliminated in the first round.
Guillermo Canas of Argentina dropped only one set en route to his first ATP Masters Series title, where he defeated an up-and-coming Andy Roddick. Canadian Daniel Nestor failed in his bid to capture a second Tennis Masters Canada doubles title in three years, when he and partner Mark Knowles of the Bahamas fell to the lethal American duo of Bob and Mike Bryan in the final.
Daniel Nestor, Frederic Niemeyer, Simon Larose and Frank Dancevic all were eliminated in the first round.
Unseeded Romanian Andrei Pavel captured his first ATP Masters Series title when he defeated Patrick Rafter in the final. In doubles, Jiri Novak and David Rikl took the title after defeating the duo of Donald Johnson and Jared Palmer in three sets.
Sebastien Lareau, Frederic Niemeyer, Daniel Nestor and Simon Larose were all eliminated in the first round. In doubles, Larose and partner Jan-Michael Gambill advanced to the semifinals before losing to Johnson and Palmer.
Russia’s Marat Safin won his first ATP Masters Series title after defeating qualifier Harel Levy. In doubles, SÃ©bastien Lareau and Daniel Nestor became the first Canadians to win the doubles title since 1968 by defeating the Australian duo of Joshua Eagle and Andrew Florent.
Sebastien Lareau advanced to the third round, defeating Fabrice Santoro and No. 1 seed Gustavo Kuerten (lost to Patrick Rafter). Simon Larose advanced to the second round, defeating David Wheaton (lost to Sargis Sargsian). Daniel Nestor and Frederic Niemeyer were eliminated in the first round.
Another long shot took the title, as Swede Thomas Johansson captured his first ATP Masters Series title with a victory over the favoured Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the final. Meanwhile, last year’s singles winner, Patrick Rafter, paired with Jonas Bjorkman to win the doubles crown, defeating Byron Black and 1996 singles champion, Wayne Ferreira. Canadian Results: Sebastien Lareau advanced to the third round, defeating Justin Gimelstob and No. 5 seed Richard Krajicek (lost to Thomas Johansson). Daniel Nestor advanced to the second round, defeating Alberto Martin (lost to No. 3 Yevgeny Kafelnikov). Philip Gubenco, Bobby Kokavec, Simon Larose, Frederic Niemeyer and Jocelyn Robichaud were eliminated in the first round.
Patrick Rafter began a hot streak in Toronto which made 1998 his banner year. The young Australian defeated Richard Krajicek in the Canadian final, then went on to win at Cincinnati, Long Island and the U.S. Open. Martin Damm and Jim Grabb captured the doubles title.
Canadian Results: Bobby Kokavec advanced to the second round, winning his first match in a major ATP event, defeating Steve Campbell (lost to Malivai Washington). Sebastien Lareau, Daniel Nestor and Frederic Niemeyer were eliminated in the first round.
Unseeded American Chris Woodruff played giant-killer with wins over No. 2 seed Goran Ivanisevic, No. 7 Mark Philippoussis and No. 4 Yevgeny Kafelnikov before meeting and beating No. 6 Gustavo Kuerten in the final. Canada was in the doubles final again – Sebastien Lareau and his American partner Alex O’Brien met the tough Indian team of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi, but fell in a rousing championship match.
Canadian Results: SÃ©bastien LeBlanc advanced to the second round, defeating No. 10 seed Tim Henman (lost to Guillaume Raoux). Bobby Kokavec, Sebastien Lareau, Daniel Nestor, Frederic Niemeyer and Jocelyn Robichaud were eliminated in the first round.
The tournament was shifted on the ATP calendar to accommodate the Atlanta Olympics. After an exciting, close match with Todd Martin in the semifinals, No. 3 seed Wayne Ferreira of South Africa defeated unseeded Todd Woodbridge in straight sets in the final to earn his second title of the year. Patrick Galbraith won his third doubles crown here in six years, with another new partner, Paul Haarhuis, to deny Canadian Daniel Nestor in his bid for the title with partner Mark Knowles.
Canadian Results: Daniel Nestor advanced to the third round, defeating Marc-Kevin Goellner and first seed Thomas Muster (lost to Todd Woodbridge). Sebastien Lareau advanced to the second round, defeating Jocelyn Robichaud (lost to Todd Woodbridge). Sebastien LeBlanc was eliminated in the first round.
Andre Agassi was the No. 1 seed at the old Jarry Park Stadium in Montreal and prevailed in the end, beating No. 2 seed Pete Sampras in three sets for his third Canadian title. Agassi autographed the stadium court as the final official act at the soon-to-be-rebuilt facility. The fourth-seeded team of Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Andrei Olhovskiy won the doubles crown.
Canadian Results: Sebastien Lareau advanced to the second round, defeating Grant Connell (lost to No. 10 Jim Courier). Albert Chang, Daniel Nestor and Andrew Sznajder were eliminated in the first round.
Unseeded Jason Stoltenberg made a serious run at the title, but Andre Agassi prevailed in the final for his second title. Byron Black and Jonathon Stark won the doubles championship beating Patrick McEnroe and Jared Palmer in the final.
Canadian Results: Daniel Nestor advanced to the second round, defeating No. 10 seed Alexander Volkov (lost to Stoltenberg). Albert Chang, Grant Connell, Bobby Kokavec, Sebastien Lareau and Greg Rusedski were eliminated in the first round.
None of the Top 4 seeds – Pete Sampras, Jim Courier, Boris Becker and Ivan Lendl – reached the semifinals. Unseeded Swedish veteran Mikael Pernfors defeated No. 13 seed Todd Martin in three sets to win the title, his first since 1988. Glenn Michibata made it back to the doubles final, partnering with David Pate. They lost in straight sets to the wild card duo of Jim Courier and Mark Knowles.
Canadian Results: Sebastien Lareau, Chris Pridham and Greg Rusedski advanced to the second round. Lareau defeated Gianluca Pozzi (lost to No. 4 Ivan Lendl). Pridham defeated Keith Evans (lost to No. 3 Boris Becker) and Rusedski defeated Christian Bergstrom (lost to Aaron Krickstein). Daniel Nestor and Andrew Sznajder were eliminated in the first round.
Wimbledon champion Andre Agassi, the No. 2 seed, met No. 3 seed and six-time champion Ivan Lendl in the final. Lendl won the first set, but could only manage two more games as Agassi dominated the rest of the match to win the title. Patrick Galbraith returned to the doubles final, this time with partner Daniel Visser, to defeat the headline duo of John McEnroe and Andre Agassi in straight sets.
Canadian Results: Chris Pridham and Greg Rusedski advanced to the third round. Pridham defeated Andrew Sznajder and Jason Stoltenberg (lost to No. 8 seed Amos Mansdorf), while Rusedski defeated Martin Laurendeau and Steve Bryan (lost to Agassi). Grant Connell and Daniel Nestor advanced to the second round, as Connell defeated Richard Schmidt (lost to Malivai Washington) and Nestor defeated Cristiano Caratti (lost to Agassi). Sebastien Lareau, Martin Laurendeau and Andrew Sznajder were eliminated in the first round.
Russian Andrei Chesnokov eliminated No. 1 seed Ivan Lendl in the semifinals and staged a stirring comeback to deny Petr Korda’s bid for the Canadian title. Grant Connell and Glenn Michibata, attempting to become the first Canadians in 23 years to win the doubles title, fell in three sets to Patrick Galbraith and the late Todd Witsken in the final.
Canadian Results: Sebastien Lareau, Chris Pridham and Martin Laurendeau advanced to the second round. Lareau defeated Ian Aler (lost to Chesnokov), Pridham defeated Jean-Philippe Fleurian (lost to Jimmy Arias) and Laurendeau defeated Gianluca Pozzi (lost to Guillaume Raoux). Grant Connell and Andrew Sznajder were eliminated in the first round.
The first â€œSuper 9â€ (now Masters 1000) event in Toronto was won by 18-year-old Michael Chang, who ousted another American rising star, Pete Sampras, in the semifinals and then beat Jay Berger in the final. Paul Annacone teamed up with David Wheaton to win the doubles title and complete the US sweep.
Canadian Results: Andrew Sznajder advanced to the third round, defeating No. 12 seed Kevin Curren and Paul Wekesa (lost to Sampras). Grant Connell and Martin Wostenholme advanced to the second round. Connell defeated Kelly Evernden (lost to John McEnroe) and Wostenholme defeated Kelly Jones (lost to Pete Sampras). Brian Gyetko, Glenn Michibata and Chris Pridham were eliminated in the first round.