As one of the key warm-up tournaments in advance of the US Open, many past Rogers Cup presented by National Bank champions have gone on to perform extremely well in New York. Twice in the past three years, the winner in Canada was the man holding the US Open trophy at the end of the tournament. While it remains to be seen just how far this year’s champion, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, will go at Flushing Meadows, here’s a look how some past Rogers Cup victors have done:
2013 – Rafael Nadal’s impressive form from Montreal and Cincinnati didn’t abandon him in New York as the Spaniard was virtually untouchable in his first five matches. His toughest test came in the semifinals, a five-set battle with Stan Wawrinka which he overcame en route to ultimately taking down Novak Djokovic in the final.
2012 – Though he was able to successfully defend his Rogers Cup title from the year before, Djokovic fell just one win shy of doing the same at the US Open. He lost a challenging five-set match to Andy Murray in the final, in what became the Brit’s first-ever Slam triumph.
2011 – Djokovic was not to be denied in his best season ever – and one of the most impressive seasons a tennis player has ever had. After sewing up his ninth title of 2011 at Rogers Cup, Djokovic went one better in New York and won his third Slam of the year.
2010 – A second Rogers Cup title – en route to which he ousted Nadal and Roger Federer – couldn’t help Murray this year at the US Open, as he faltered in the third round at the season’s final major. After winning in straight sets over Lukas Lacko and Dustin Brown to open his tournament, Murray was bested by Wawrinka in four sets.
2009 – Breaking through in Montreal for his fourth career ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy, Murray was unable to match his Canadian performance at Flushing Meadows. He was eliminated by Marin Cilic in the fourth round.
2008 – After cruising to the Rogers Cup title – and then winning gold at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games – Nadal wasn’t able to make it a trifecta at the US Open but he did make the semifinals at the summer hard-court Slam for the first time in his career. Since then, he has yet to lose prior to that stage of the tournament.
2007 – In his breakthrough season, Djokovic made the tennis world take notice as he defeated the world’s No. 1, No.2 and No. 3-ranked players on the way to his first Rogers Cup trophy. Bolstered by his strong play in Canada, Djokovic proceeded to make his maiden Slam final at the US Open, dropping a three-set decision to Roger Federer. In his very next Slam at the Australian Open, Djokovic would become a champion.
2006 – In the midst of his five straight US Open titles, Federer was no match for anyone en route to the titles in Toronto and New York. He ended Richard Gasquet’s surprising run at Rogers Cup in the final before beating Andy Roddick in the US Open championship match.
2005 – Though he proved at Rogers Cup he could win a singles tournament on hard courts – his trophy in Canada was his first not on his preferred surface of clay – Nadal couldn’t keep the momentum alive through to the US Open. He lost to James Blake in the third round.
2004 – Federer’s dominant reign over men’s tennis truly began in 2004, and he didn’t leave Rogers Cup or the US Open out of it. Already winning the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year, Federer lost just one set (to Thomas Johansson in the semifinals) in clinching his first Rogers Cup title. The world No. 1 didn’t let up in New York, and ousted Lleyton Hewitt for his first of five US Open crowns.
Since 1990, three other players have done the Rogers Cup-US Open double – Roddick in 2003, Marat Safin in 2000, and Andre Agassi in 1994. And on the women’s side, it’s been done six times in the past 24 years – Serena Williams in 2013, Justine Henin in 2007 and 2003, Kim Clijsters in 2005, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in 1994, and Steffi Graff in 1993. Canadian tennis fans can find out if either Tsonga or 2014 women’s champion Agnieszka Radwanska are able to win their first major titles and join them by watching the action live on TSN’s five feeds. Click here for the full schedule.