The Rogers Cup Tournament Director Eugene Lapierre announced record attendance for the event in Montreal, despite Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic announced their withdrawals already some weeks before the event started. Speaking before the men’s final between Rafael” nadal> and Daniil Medvedev, Lapierre said: “Things are going well.
I can tell you now we are going to break the record. We should be beyond 220,000. This is including zero spectators for last night, for Session 14. We would have broken the record by far. Now it’s going to be by a few thousand.
During the whole week, there were many people on the site and we are very happy. There are more fans, more tennis fans, more people coming. Of course, we want that success every year. We try for it.” Asked what was the best match of the tournament, Lapierre replied: “I very much liked Felix’s match against Khachanov.
Khachanov himself at the end of his second match said about the crowd, Yesterday it was not so good, but today you were great. I thought it was fun. It’s interesting to see the players with a strong personality who are able to express it.
I have not been able to see all the matches, but this match with Felix was crucial for me because we knew about the high-pressure Felix had. He made it through his first two matches with some difficulties. There he was playing against a top-10 player.
It’s a real test. It was important for him. It was, in my view, closer than the score might say. I remember a specific moment when he was up 2-1 in the second set serving. It was 15-40. He was able to come back. He had advantage two or three times.
If he had been able to convert, we don’t know what would have happened. This shows how close he was. It’s going to be fun to see the following months and years with him. This is my memory from this tournament.”