Genie Bouchard is already out, but countrywoman Gabriela Dabrowski was on court in dubs.
Like Bouchard Monday, Milos Raonic gets a Centrale date with an Italian – except with a happier ending.
Sharon Fichman, Daniel Nestor and Heidi el Tabakh all held up trophies Sunday, which made it a pretty terrific Canadian tennis day even if none of them were named Genie or Milos.
The way he looked at the end of his retirement-shortened match against Rafael Nadal in the Madrid final, you knew there was little chance the newest member of the ATP top 10, Kei Nishikori, was booked on a flight to Rome.
As always after a big tournament, there are changes. Most of them small ones, though.
The big winner of the week (even though Rafael Nadal won Madrid) is Japan’s Kei Nishikori, who moves into the top 10 for the first time.
And … they start all over again.
The draw shuffle gave Genie Bouchard a new opponent (Schiavone) and, thus, a big stage.
Canadian Vasek Pospisil is expected back in the fold as the ATP Masters 1000 event in Rome gets under way.
They shifted some seeds with the withdrawal of No. 14 Caroline Wozniacki due to a knee injury.
Looks like a clear road for Rafa. But you never know.
Intriguing final match from two on-form players.