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Open champion Dominic Thiem, 2017 Nitto ATP Finals runner-up David Goffin and former World No. 3 Stan Wawrinka have all withdrawn from the National Bank Open presented by Rogers, announced the tournament on Friday.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 run to 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 in Cincinnati and the US Open, but not in Canada, due to the proximity of the tournament to the Olympic event, which is currently being held. Thiem is recovering from a wrist injury he sustained during the grass season, Goffin has an ankle injury and Wawrinka is on his way back from his second left foot surgery of the year, which he underwent this month. last. “It’s a shame Dominic [Thiem], David [Goffin] and Stan [Wawrinka] miss the National Bank Open this year,” Hale said. “We wish you a speedy recovery from your injuries and look forward to seeing you compete again soon. Hopefully everyone will be back in Toronto the next time we organize the ATP Tour.”
Alexander Zverev reflects on Novak Djokovic
Jan-Lennard Struff and Alexander Zverev are representing Germany in the men’s doubles event at the Olympics. They won their opening match against the Polish pair of Hubert Hurkacz and Lukasz Kubot on Saturday. Zverev also highlighted Novak Djokovic’s imperious record in night matches at the Australian Open to back up his claim. Zverev: “Take a look at his Australia Open Night record. That’s kind of 27: 1 or 30: 1. The only match he lost was against Wawrinka. He would have won against aliens too.” Zverev and Djokovic will face each other in the semifinals should both of them advance to that stage. The rising temperature during matches is a matter of concern at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. The matches start at 11:00 a.m local time and thus, athletes often have to play during some really h*t conditions. Currently, the temperature in Tokyo during the day is more than 90 degrees Fahrenheit. As a result, both Djokovic and Medvedev stated that it will be much better if the matches will take take place in the late afternoon or in the evening for the rest of the tournament. However, they have not got a positive response from the organizers yet.