The Montreal ATP Masters 1000 is undoubtedly the tournament of surprises and, looking at some data, records. In Canada there have been some situations that have never happened before or that have not been recorded for a very long time, adding more curiosity to tennis fans and professionals.
To have influenced the loss of several protagonists and of the major favorites to the final victory of the title was certainly one factor in particular: practically for all the best players in the world it was the first real competition on concrete and almost no one was able to find the right one right away.
right confidence, having to leave the scene immediately. The figure that stands out particularly to the eye is above all related to the three main seeded players of the event. None of Daniil Medvedev, Carlos Alcaraz and Stefanos Tsitsipas was able to overcome the obstacle of the debut and reach the round of 16.
Nick Kyrgios bent the Russian number one in the ATP ranking, Tommy Paul did the feat against the Spaniard, while Jack Draper gave himself an important victory over the Greek. A very strange and truly surprising fact: in a Master 1000, it had not even happened since 1999 that the first three of the scoreboard did not pass their debut.
In those days it was Pete Sampras, Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Alex Corretja who were immediately eliminated, even before the explosion of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
The other curiosities
The Australian Kyrgios, Hubert Hurkacz, Casper Ruud, Felix Auger-Aliassime (the last three remaining seeds, respectively the eighth, the fourth and the sixth), Pablo Carreno Busta, Jack Draper (coming from the qualifiers), Daniel Evans and the American Paul.
All the athletes combined boast just a Master 1000 title in their career. This is the Polish tennis player, who triumphed in Miami in the final against Jannik Sinner last year. A circumstance that has not occurred for a very long time, given the dominance of the Big Three on all fronts.
Regarding the three sacred monsters of tennis, one fact has stood out among the many in recent days. The complete trio had not been missing from a Master 1000 competition for exactly 16 years and 4 months, in the period between Paris 2004 and Indian Wells 2021.
In the last 12 months, since Toronto 2021, this aspect has instead occurred in 5 of the 10 tournaments in total, a sign of how times are slowly changing.
🚹 MONTREAL | CUARTOS DE FINAL
🇦🇺 Kyrgios vs  Hurkacz 🇵🇱
🇳🇴  Ruud vs  Aliassime 🇨🇦
🇪🇸 Carreño vs (Q) Draper 🇬🇧
🇬🇧 Evans vs Paul 🇺🇸
📝 Solo uno de estos hombres sabe lo que es ganar un M1000: Hurkacz.
— Fernando Murciego (@fermurciego) August 12, 2022
1. Medvedev ❌
2. Alcaraz ❌
3. Tsitsipas ❌
For the first time in a Masters 1000 since 1999 Indian Wells, the Top 3 seeds are all defeated in their opening matches pic.twitter.com/EnP2N13g9X — Tennis TV (@TennisTV) August 11, 2022