Defending champion Rafa Nadal flies the flag for ATP elite in Montreal

With Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic opting out of the Montreal Masters starting next weekend, it’s up to defending champion Rafael Nadal to be the  face in Canada for the tennis elite.

Wimbledon winner Djokovic and finalist Federer have both decided on rest rather than competition in early August, with the pair due back a week later in Cincinnati prior to the August 26 start of the US Open.

Nadal, who lost a Wimbledon semi-final to Federer, has been training at home on the island of Mallorca and reportedly already has a get-to-know-you cement session set for next Friday in Montreal.

The 33-year-old won his fourth Canadian trophy a year ago, beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final.

Nadal has 1,000 ranking points to defend from last year when he lifted the title in Toronto over young Greek Tsitsipas.

But the victory cost the Spaniard, who had to withdraw a week later from Cincy.

Nadal says he’s looking forward to the trip across the Atlantic: “Montreal and Toronto have been a big success,” he said. “This is a tournament I’ve  won four times.”

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