Nadal returns to action for the first time since his Wimbledon semi-final defeat against Novak Djokovic.
The world No 1 has been handed a gruelling draw which kicks off with a clash against the world No 52.
It is likely three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka will be waiting in the third round – but Nadal is only focussed on the task directly in front of him.
“I cannot think about Wawrinka before playing Benoit,” Nadal said.
“I know the first round is going to be a tough battle. But watching the full draw doesn’t distract me from being focused on that first round.
“I like to see the confrontations that are in the first round. There are a couple of very interesting ones in my opinion, and that’s it.
“I always take it match by match, that’s what I’ve done all my life.
“That’s the only way, in my opinion, to have success. You need to respect all the days, all the opponents.
“In tennis, things change so quickly, so you need to be ready to accept both victories and losses.”
How to watch Rafael Nadal vs Benoit Paire on TV
Sky Sports will be broadcasting every match live from the Rogers Cup and their Arena channel (Sky channel 408) will show all of the action.
Today’s play gets underway at 4pm on Sky Sports Arena – but Nadal and Paire are not due on court until at least 11.30pm (BST).
The pair are fourth on Centre Court.
How to watch Rafael Nadal vs Benoit Paire online
Sky’s coverage means all the action can be followed on your desktop or laptop via the Sky Go app, which if you’re an existing customer, is also available on iOS and Android smartphone and tablet devices.
Sky Go is also available on a number of platforms including Amazon Fire devices, iPad, Mac computers and laptops, Playstation 3, PS4 and Xbox One.
The Sky Sports app, available to download on iOS and Android devices, will also be providing live text coverage and updates.
If you’re not currently a Sky Sports customer but can’t stand to miss out on the action, you can add the channels to your box via a NOW TV subscription.
Day passes, which let you add Sky Sports channels for 24 hours, cost £7.99 a day, with a weekly pass priced at £12.99 and no locking into a contract.
NOW TV doesn’t even require a typical television to use, as it is also available on a NOW TV Box, Chromecast, PS4, PS3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Roku, LG Smart TV, PC or Mac, and selected mobile and tablet devices.