Djokovic makes re­turn in Mon­treal event

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A month af­ter win­ning Wim­ble­don, Novak Djokovic will pick up a rac­quet once again as the world No. 1 plays as top seed in the Mon­treal Mas­ters, which be­gins Mon­day.

The Serb, who won the first of his three Cana­dian ti­tles in 2007 in Mon­treal, also added another in 2011 and a 2012 honor in Toronto to his list of North Amer­i­can suc­cess sto­ries.

Since beat­ing Roger Fed­erer — who will not com­pete next week but will save his en­er­gies for the Cincinnati Mas­ters and U.S. Open to fol­low — Djokovic has seem­ingly done ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to keep his dis­tance from ten­nis.

He missed the Davis Cup quar­ter­fi­nals last month to rest and was seen on hol­i­day with the fam­ily and on the golf course in and around his base of Monte Carlo.

The 28-year-old had said fol­low­ing Wim­ble­don that he would be de­com­press­ing af­ter a tough first half of the ATP Tour sea­son which yielded four Mas­ters 1000 ti­tles and a third Wim­ble­don.

“There is no rea­son not to be sat­is­fied with what I have achieved. In con­trary, I’m thrilled and very proud with all the suc­cess that I had so far in the ca­reer, ev­ery­thing said af­ter suc­cess.

“If you would ask me as a 14-year-old back in Ser­bia try­ing to find my way, that this is how I’m go­ing to end up at 28, of course I would sign the deal and take it right away.” I reached,” Djokovic his All Eng­land Club

Mur­ray to Be­come a Dad

The Serb and the re­main­der of the lead­ing seeds ben­e­fit from first-round byes in Que­bec City whose ten­nis sta­dium was carved from what was orig­i­nally a base­ball pitch.

With world No. 2 Fed­erer miss­ing, Andy Mur­ray takes the sec­ond seed­ing, with the Scot try­ing to put aside an em­bar­rass­ing openingmatch loss in the Washington Open.

He won back-to-back Cana­dian tro­phies in 2009 and 2010 but has not been past the quar­ter­fi­nals since.

Mur­ray is about to join fel­low ten­nis elites Fed­erer and Djokovic as a new fa­ther, with Bri­tish tabloids re­port­ing wife Kim Sears is due to give birth in Fe­bru­ary.

Stan Wawrinka, the French Open cham­pion, takes the third seed­ing, with the Swiss now healed from a shoul­der in­jury which both­ered him at Wim­ble­don and forced him from an ap­pear­ance on home clay in Gs­taad.

Ja­pan’s Kei Nishikori, seeded fourth, is in a sim­i­lar sit­u­a­tion af­ter weeks of leg mus­cle prob­lems which seem to be im­prov­ing.

Newly mar­ried Czech To­mas Berdych is seeded fifth, ahead of U.S. Open win­ner Marin Cilic.

Rafael Nadal will be on sev­enth as the Spa­niard takes his first ten­ta­tive steps onto the hard courts which have been so dam­ag­ing to his body. The Spa­niard built up a small store of con­fi­dence by win­ning the Ham­burg clay ti­tle this month, but that will likely count for lit­tle on the gru­el­ing ce­ment.

Cana­dian Mi­los Raonic, also re­turn­ing from in­jury af­ter foot surgery in May, is seeded eighth and will carry lo­cal weight af­ter los­ing the 2013 fi­nal to Nadal and go­ing out to Spain’s Feli­ciano Lopez last year in the quar­ters.

French play­ers take four seed­ing spots, with Gilles Si­mon on ninth, 2014 holder Jo-Wil­fried Tsonga on tenth and Richard Gas­quet seeded 11th. Gael Mon­fils is seeded 15th.

Spain’s David Fer­rer with­drew due to a long-run­ning el­bow in­jury which has kept him off court since the week prior to Wim­ble­don.

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