If we weren’t in the middle of a pandemic that is hitting the whole world and that has practically paralyzed tennis, we would be in the middle of the Rogers cup, a Masters 1000 tournament for men and WTA Premier 5 for women, one of the favorite events for many of the tennis players on the circuit. And is that in Canada is where the players begin to sharpen their weapons for the US Open. Let’s analyze the names of the players with the most titles in the male and female modality.
No one in the history of this sport has managed to add as many titles in the Canadian Masters as Ivan Lendl. It is striking that with the arrival of the big three in tennis, a tournament as characteristic as the Rogers Cup is not dominated by one of its members, and it is that Lendl managed to reign in this tournament during the 80s, showing each unbeatable in this tournament by winning six times and being runner-up on another three. What the Czech tennis player has achieved on the hard court in this tournament is not valued in its fair measure, because reigning a competition of these characteristics for so many years is simply complicated.
Unlike what happens in other Masters 1000s, especially in clay courts where the difference between the first and the rest is almost abysmal, here the distances are smaller. With a title less than Lendl appears the figure of the Spanish Rafael Nadal, that with five wound he hopes on some occasion to be able to match Lendl. His triumphs in 2005, 2008, 2013, 2018 and 2019 have earned him by far the label of one of the best players on these courts. Not so far from both lies Novak Djokovic that in Canada he has always achieved great results and has managed to triumph four times. One step below Nole we find the names of Andy Murray and Andre Agassi with three.
Aside from these names, the biggest winners of the Canadian Masters include illustrious names in men’s tennis history such as Guillermo Vilas, John McEnroe and Roger Federer. The latter is undoubtedly one of the proper names of this tournament, since in addition to winning twice, he has been the player who has lost the most finals in that tournament with four, the last being in 2017 against the German Alexander Zverev.
This is the list of the biggest winners in the history of the Canadian Masters in the men’s modality:
Ivan Lendl: 6 Rafael Nadal: 5 Novak Djokovic: 4 Andre Agassi: 3 Andy Murray: 3 Roger Federer: 2 John McEnroe: 2 Guillermo Vilas: 2
As for women’s tennis, among the legends of the Canadian tournament are two proper names: Chris Evert and Monica Seles with four titles. If in the women’s category we only have the name of Ivan Lendl at the top, here this throne is shared between two of the best American players in their history. Evert has achieved many records in her sports career and being one of the players with the most titles in this tournament is one more piece of information. One notch below are two other American players: Serena Williams and Martina Navratilova that with three titles they also know what it is to win in Canadian territory.
Unlike the men’s tournament, in the women’s record we see a greater distribution in the titles and among the most successful champions, names such as Arantxa Sánchez Vicario, Simona Halep, Steffi Graf, Martina Hingis, Amelie Mauresmo or Justine Henin, many of the great names in tennis history and that proves once again that this tournament has always featured the great faces of the sport of the racket.
This is the list of the greatest winners in the history of the Canadian Masters in the female category:
Chris Evert: 4 Monica Seles: 4 Martina Navratilova: 3 Serena Williams: 3 Arantxa Sánchez Vicario: 2 Monica Hingis: 2 Steffi Graf: 2 Amelie Mauresmo: 2 Justine Henin: 2 Simona Halep: 2