World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, reigning US Open Champion Dominic Thiem, 2017 Nitto ATP Finals runner-up David Goffin, and former World No. 3 Stan Wawrinka have all withdrawn from the National Bank Open presented by Rogers announced the tournament on Friday.
"It would have been fantastic to have hosted Novak [Djokovic] at the National Bank Open presented by Rogers this year," tournament director Karl Hale said, according to a press release. However, after a great turnout towards his 20th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon and his participation in the Tokyo Olympics, we understand his decision.
We wish him all the best for the rest of the season. "Djokovic is a four-time winner of the ATP Masters 1000 event in Canada. He has triumphed in Toronto twice. He will be at Cincinnati and the US Open, but not in Canada, due to the proximity of the tournament to the Olympic event, which is currently competing.
Thiem is recovering from a wrist injury he sustained during the grass season, Goffin has an ankle injury and Wawrinka is returning from his second left foot surgery of the year, which he underwent last month. Novak Djokovic is potentially 11 games away (four in Tokyo and seven at the US Open) from completing the Golden Slam Schedule.
"I am very aware of that, and I know what is at stake," Djokovic said. "There are a lot of expectations on my back, particularly from Serbia and all the athletes who are following me, and to be honest, I am privileged to be in that position.
When you talk about the history of the sport that you really love, you can't be very flat. about. I am excited, obviously very excited and inspired to make the history of my sport, and the sport in general," he added.
Djokovic wants to achieve the Calendar Golden Slam
After his defeat to the World No. 1, Davidovich Fokina asserted that he tried his best to take down Novak Djokovic, but admitted the Serb was "much superior" in every aspect of the game.
The Spaniard further revealed that he thought Djokovic would be nervous since he's within touching distance of the Golden Slam, and is surprised that that's not the case. "I tried to give it my all, I had break options at the beginning, but he was much superior," Alejandro Davidovich Fokina said.
"He is playing at a very high level, enormously consistent and he looks very motivated to win here and then in New York. I thought he was going to feel some pressure for the Golden Slam, but he's very calm."