WATCH—Novak Djokovic's presser after winning Wimbledon title:
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Toronto: Novak Djokovic vs. Hyeon Chung
Djokovic and Chung met at the Australian Open back in January, when Chung pulled off a shocking, 7-6 (4), 7-5, 7-6 (3) upset in the round of 16. The six-time Australian Open champion was coming off of a straight-set win over Albert Ramos-Vinolas, and many thought that it was the Djokovic comeback story that we had all been waiting for. That proved to be far from the case, as the 13-time Grand Slam champion had trouble dealing with Chung's power, and went on to struggle mightily over the next couple of months.
Djokovic began to find his game towards the end of the clay-court season, and while he nonetheless suffered a surprising loss to Marco Cecchinato in the quarterfinals at Roland Garros, he returned to his imperious form at Wimbledon. The 31-year-old hasn't played in a tournament since winning at the All England Club, but the expectation is that he is healthy and feeling good about his game.
While there is no bad blood between Djokovic and Chung, one would expect that the Serb would like to earn some revenge in Toronto on Tuesday. That result happens to be likely, as Chung hasn't won two matches in a row in any event since the Bavarian International in May.
WATCH: Match point from Chung's win over Djokovic at the Australian Open:
Toronto: Nick Kyrgios vs. Stan Wawrinka
As for Kyrgios and Wawrinka, the story is a bit different. It may even include a bit of bad blood, considering their last meeting in Canada. In 2015, Kyrgios was fined $10,000 for an "insulting comment" toward Wawrinka, which you can relive, if you so choose, here.
On the court, this match is about two of the world's most talented players finding their games, and health, before the US Open. Both men have had their struggles recently, as Kyrgios pulled out of last week's Citi Open with a hip injury, while Wawrinka lost in the first round to Donald Young.
Kyrgios has had a difficult 2018 season, despite a promising start. The Australian won a title at the Brisbane International in early January and then made a quarterfinal run at the Australian Open. He lost a close match to Grigor Dimitrov in the quarterfinals, but he played some inspired tennis, which fans and detractors alike have been waiting for.
Since then, Kyrgios has really struggled—a lot of which has to do with his health. But despite that, Kyrgios knows he's playing a similarly vulnerable Wawrinka.
Less than two years ago, Wawrinka won his third Grand Slam title at the US Open and was regularly defeating members of the Big Four. But since 2017, knee injuries have made him a shell of himself, and he's still far from his jaw-dropping form of old.
Wawrinka needs more matches in order to find his game, which will be a challenge at a tournament of this caliber. He needed a wild card to enter the main draw, which was given to him only when Andy Murray pulled out late. Still, the Swiss should also be feeling pretty good about this matchup. He has beaten Kyrgios twice and has the advantage of being able to attack Kyrgios' sometimes faulty backhand, which happens to be on the same side as his injury.
Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev headline the Rogers Cup in Toronto. Watch live coverage from four courts on Tennis Channel Plus beginning Monday, August 6th at 11:00 A.M.