Tough draw for Murray

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: August 2 2014, 11:13 BST

Andy Murray has been handed a tough draw for next week's Rogers Cup event in Toronto as he prepares to play for the first time since Wimbledon.

Andy Murray: Ready for a return to ATP action
Andy Murray: Ready for a return to ATP action

Having slipped to 10th in the world rankings, the British star is currently facing the prospect of early meetings with leading players - and that is what he was handed when the draw was made on Friday.

Murray, who has been training in Miami over the past couple of weeks, was placed in the same quarter as top seed Novak Djokovic. He would much rather have landed in the quarter of either Tomas Berdych or Stan Wawrinka.

At least a couple of withdrawals have helped Murray at the Masters 1000 event. Had Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin Del Potro been fit he would have been seeded 10th instead of eighth and thus could have met Djokovic in the last 16.

Murray will open his campaign against either Santiago Giraldo or Wimbledon breakthrough star Nick Kyrgios - the Australian teenager who beat Nadal in SW19 en route to the last eight. Richard Gasquet is then seeded to face Murray in the following last-16 round.

Australian Open champion Wawrinka is also in the top half of the draw. He is seeded to clash with Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-finals, the Bulgarian taking his place in the field having missed this week's tournament in Wahsington due to illness.

The bottom half of the draw is headed by Wimbledon runner-up Roger Federer. He's seeded to clash with David Ferrer in the last eight and then Berdych in the semis. Berdych, however, has the in-form Milos Raonic, who will be looking to shine on home soil, in his quarter.

Federer's opening match will be against either Jerzy Janowicz or home wild card Peter Polansky. Djokovic faces Radek Stepanek or Gael Monfils first up.