Novak Djokovic and Kevin Anderson team up to play Toronto Masters doubles


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Novak Djokovic and Kevin Anderson team up to play Toronto Masters doubles

Serb Novak Djokovic and South-Africa's Kevin Anderson have formed a team to play next week's Toronto Masters doubles event. Djokovic and Anderson have been drawn to meet Canadian rising stars Felix Auger Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov in the first round.

Auger Aliassime, 17, and 19-year-old Shapovalov were given a wildcard for the Toronto doubles event. Djokovic, 31, and 32-year-old Anderson recently clashed each against other in this year's Wimbledon final. World No. 5 Anderson was bidding to win his maiden Grand Slam title but he suffered a straight-set defeat in the final as the Serb went on to capture his 13th Major title.

Both Djokovic and Anderson took a three-week break after the final as they are set to open their hard-court season at the Toronto Masters. Djokovic and Anderson are set to play alongside each other for the first time in their careers.

If Djokovic and Anderson win their opener -- they would go on to meet No. 3 seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut in the second round -- as the Frenchmen have a bye first round. Meanwhile, Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov and Belgian David Goffin will also be featuring the Toronto doubles event.

Dimitrov and Goffin have been drawn to meet fellow stars Diego Schwartzman and Dominic Thiem in the first round. The winner of that match plays next against top-seeded Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic. Dimitrov and Goffin debuted as a team earlier this year at the Monte Carlo Masters.

Back then, the two made the quarter-final before they were forced to retire their clash against Marach and Pavic. Also read: 'Match against Marius Copil shows Andy Murray is such a great champion'