I actually know someone who did. Neither the Serb or the Swiss will be in Montreal this week. But defending champion Rafael Nadal will, along with a slew of younger pursuers.
On paper, with Djokovic and Federer not in the field, Rafa is a solid favorite to win it for a fifth time. He could start with a fun match, against either Alex De Minaur or Dan Evans in the second round, and if he wins that, he could get a tougher one: a quarterfinal against his semi-nemesis Fabio Fognini, who won their last meeting, in Monte Carlo this spring, in straight sets.
And the logical place for him to do that could be Canada; last summer he had his breakout event in Toronto, where he beat Djokovic on his way to the final.
Player of interest: Bautista Agut. New names: Soonwoo Kwon, Ilya Ivashka.
The Korean and Bulgarian qualifiers play each in the first round. Semifinalist: Tsitsipas Stefanos Tsitsipas reached the final of last year's Rogers Cup, where he lost to Rafael Nadal, and is coming off of a semifinal showing last week in Washington, D.
But every week is a new one, and this is a chance for these two hard-hitters to get back on hard courts.
Zverev will start against either Cam Norrie or Martin Fucsovics. Khachanov, a semifinalist in Toronto last year, will open against either Stan Wawrinka or Grigor Dimitrov.
First-round matches to watch: Felix Auger-Aliassime vs. Vasek Pospisil ; Jo-Wilfried Tsonga vs.
Jan-Lennard Struff ;.