In an interview on Sunday during the Rogers Cup Media Day, the South African Kevin Anderson explained why he has chosen to pair up with the Serb Novak Djokovic, who defeated him in the Wimbledon final last month. 'Looking at the summer, getting ready for next tournaments, I didn't play Washington and I come to Toronto after two or three weeks, switching from grass to hard, not having played any match, playing doubles is great, so it's nice to play a match before singles, but hopefully we will go far too and win a few matches', said Anderson, currently world No. 6.
Meanwhile, in the doubles Dominic Thiem and Fabio Fognini have withdrawn. Thiem, who was supposed to pair up with Diego Schwartzman, is dealing with a viral infection - last week he skipped Kitzbuhel doubles draw as well due to a shoulder injury - while Fognini, who had entered the draw with Juan Martin del Potro, cited "fatigue" as reason. The Italian defeated Delpo in the Los Cabos Open final 6-4 6-2.
Anderson will open his campaign in the singles draw on Wednesday against the winner of the Russian clash between Andrey Rublev and Evgeny Donskoy. In doubles, he and Djokovic defeated the Canadian duo made up of Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov, they will now have a tough match facing the No. 3 seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut, who won 2015 US Open, 2016 Wimbledon and 2018 French Open titles together.