ATP Montreal - Wednesday Schedule: Rafael Nadal opens run vs Evans


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ATP Montreal - Wednesday Schedule: Rafael Nadal opens run vs Evans

A stunning order of play is coming on Wednesday at the Rogers Cup. In Montreal, for the first time in a while Rafael Nadal will open the schedule against Dan Evans at midday. The Spaniard and the Brit never faced each other on the main Tour.

The second seed Dominic Thiem will play against the country's hero Denis Shapovalov. The Austrian will seek his second match win over the Canadian after last year's Acapulco. Felix Auger-Aliassime against Milos Raonic followed by Fabio Fognini vs Tommy Paul will end the night session.

Shapovalov said: "Definitely I think Montreal is a very special crowd. It's got to be one of the best tournaments and one of the best fan bases in the world. They're very knowledgeable, first of all, in tennis. They know what's going on.

You can really see they follow you, they're really big fans of you. Yeah, I feel like they're playing every point with me. It's amazing. It's honestly a dream. It put a smile to my face when I walked back on the court.

Obviously two years ago it was a dream run for me. I couldn't wait to get back to this court, to this tournament. Today, it was just fun to be able to play. Every point, they're so engaged. Like I've always said, I feel that brings the best out of me.

I'm able to play more freely and just enjoy myself. I had that fire back today that I've been missing, especially the last couple weeks. Maybe it's been longer than that." In Toronto Karolina Pliskova will open the day against Alison Riske, followed by the Wimbledon champion Simona Halep against Jennifer Brady.

The match between Daria Kasatkina and Eugenie Bouchard or Bianca Andreescu will close the day session. In her first appearance in Toronto since 2015, Serena Williams will face Elise Mertens, followed by Caroline Wozniacki against Iga Swiatek. On Grandstand Victoria Azarenka, Elina Svitolina and Jelena Ostapenko will play.