Tough tests ahead in Toronto
For the first time since May 2017, Rafael Nadal is ranked outside the top three.
The new world No.4 will hope to brush off an early exit in Washington at the Toronto Masters this week.
The five-time champion is defending his 2018 and 2019 titles in Canada, having recovered from a foot injury which forced the Spaniard to take three weeks off wielding a racket post Roland-Garros.
“I am going day by day,” said the 20-time major winner, who lost to Lloyd Harris in a Washington thriller. “The main thing is to try and feel I am improving and feel I am playing better and better, which is the goal at this tournament".
“I need to have a couple of weeks with less pain to have the confidence again with my movement. I am coming here to try and win, but also to keep feeling positive with my foot. I am not at my peak yet.”
Top seed Daniil Medvedev, newly crowned world No.3 Stefanos Tsitsipas and home talisman Denis Shapovalov join contention.
20-year-old Jenson Brooksby is one to look out for. A Newport final and Washington semi-final spot has launched the robust American into the Top 100 for the first time.