Andy Murray begins his quest for a third Rogers Cup title against Italy's Flavio Cipolla later today.
To the relief of the Rogers Cup organisers, it looks like Murray will be taking to court in Toronto later today where he's the second seed. Murray's participation looked in doubt after playing eleven matches in the Olympic last week and winning gold in the singles and silver in the mixed doubles.
Media commitments meant he did not arrive in Toronto until Tuesday evening and so the British player faces an uphill battle to overcome the jetlag and get himself ready to take on Cipolla. Murray is wary of burn-out ahead of the US Open so we'll have to wait and see as to whether he plays both Masters 1000 events in the next fortnight.
“I have to be careful over the next two weeks not to do too much and make sure I pace myself going in there, because it’s been a long couple of months already,” he said.
Cipolla can be a tricky opponent. He came through qualifying and beat fellow qualifier Jurgen Zopp 6-1, 6-2 in round one and this could be a great opportunity for him. Murray can be listless on court when he's not 100% or particularly motivated and given his limited preparation, few people are expecting much of him this week.
Don't be surprised if Cipolla wins this in straight sets.