Milos Raonic Left Alone; Novak Djokovic Djanky; Loaded Thursday In Toronto
by Staff | July 27th, 2016, 10:05 pm
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And then there was one.


No. 4 seed Milos Raonic became the only Canadian left in the Rogers Cup, otherwise known as the Canadian Open, as round 2 of the event was completed on Wednesday and four Canadians were shown the exit.

Grigor Dimitrov in the final night match ushered out Canadian teen sensation Denis Shapovalov, who in his opening round upset Nick Kyrgios, but the lanky Canuck could not hang with the Bulgarian, falling 6-4, 6-3.

He was joined in the Canadian “L” column by wildcard Steven Diez who fell to No. 12 seed Bernard Tomic 6-3, 7-6(4), Peter Polansky who was punished by Radek “The Worm” Stepanek 7-6(5), 6-4, and Vasek Pospisil who succumbed to No. 10 Gael Monfils 7-6(6), 6-0.

Raonic beat Yen-Hsun “Rendy” Lu 6-3, 6-3, to set up a third-round meeting with American qualifier Jared Donaldson, who defeated newly-shaved headed Fabio Fognini 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

“It’s a good way to start the tournament,” said Raonic, playing his first match since reaching the Wimbledon final. “I look to continue hopefully playing better the next match, which I know is going to be necessary. I would like to do well here. I probably put some extra pressure on myself there. I think I got that behind me very quickly, and I played a solid match start to finish.”

There were upsets-a-plenty on Wednesday as South African Kevin Anderson advanced when No. 6 seed Dominic Thiem retired trailing 1-4 (hip injury), Croat “Dr.” Ivo Karlovic served off No. 8 and newly-coachless Marin Cilic 6-4, 7-6(3), American Ryan Harrison edged compatriot and No. 9 seed John Isner 7-6(3), 6-7(4), 6-4, and American Rajeev “Rampras” Ram roasted No. 13 Lucas Pouille 6-4, 7-6(5).

Not lost on the day was an out-of-sorts world No. 1 Novak Djokovic still managing to post a win, beating the big-serving Gilles Muller 7-5, 7-6(3).

“[Muller] likes to play quick, and I think the warm day like today played a lot in his favor,” said Djokovic, who looked sluggish and rusty in his first appearance since Wimbledon. “I managed to start of the match well and get a set and a break up, and then I dropped my serve twice in the second set. Those are the only, let’s say, downsides to the match…the overall performance was very pleasing considering it was the first hard court match for a long time.”

Djokovic in the third round will have even less time to find his game when he meets the net-charging Worm.

Other results were No. 3 seed Kei Nishikori toping American Dennis Novikov 6-4, 7-5, No. 7 David Goffin advancing when Sam Querrey retired (back injury) trailing 6-4, 2-1, and No. 16 Jack Sock took out American countryman Donald Young 6-4, 6-3.

Thursday’s loaded schedule in Toronto features (1) Djokovic vs. The Worm, (2) Wawrinka vs. (16) Sock, (3) Nishokori vs. Rampras, (4) Raonic vs. (Q) Donaldson, (12) Tomic vs. Anderson, (7) Goffin vs. (10) Monfils, Karlovic vs. Dimitrov, and (5) Berdych vs. (Q) Harrison.

THURSDAY TORONTO SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
R. Ram (USA) vs [3] K. Nishikori (JPN)
Not Before 1:00 pm
[16] J. Sock (USA) vs [2] S. Wawrinka (SUI)
[1] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs M. Matkowski (POL) / M. Mirnyi (BLR)
Not Before 6:30 pm
[4] M. Raonic (CAN) vs [Q] J. Donaldson (USA)
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [Q] R. Stepanek (CZE)


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24 Comments for Milos Raonic Left Alone; Novak Djokovic Djanky; Loaded Thursday In Toronto

J-Kath Says:

This is a bit of a loaded write-up by Tennis-X “Staff”.


Wog Boy Says:

No disrespect for Donaldson, but this is just a good practice session for Milos.


Daniel Says:

So far Djoko playing well today


AndyMira Says:

What a winner by stepanek in the 1st game of the 2nd set!And against the great Nole of all people!My God!Full credit to the veteran!


AndyMira Says:

And the great nole did one of his own!!Keep playing violin guys..and keep entertained us with your amazing perfomance..it’s a shame stepanek couldn’t keep the advantage for too long..


AndyMira Says:

Gotcha at last!Big applaud for both for a very entertaining match!!


Wog Boy Says:

This was fan match to watch and what a way to finish the match, with a superb lob right in the corner.

Good that Nole didn’t have to serve for the match, it is much eaisier for him to close the match by breaking than by serving for the match:)


Wog Boy Says:

One thing I noticed, after seeing stats, is that average speed of his serve (both, first and second) is down and his movement and positioning is not as good as usual, thats why he shanks, specially on BH side. Could it be due to rustiness or something else. He is also constantly warming up shoulder and neck area during the breaks, even it is hot and humid in Toronto.


BBB Says:

Wog Boy, he looks crazy thin to me.


Wog Boy Says:

Agree BBB, I don’t like that he got sucked in that vegetarian thing, gluten free ok, but vegan, I don’t thinks so. That influence comes from..well I’ll stop here, but most Nole fans knows what I am talking about.


Anki Says:

Serve is definitely not good,but rest of his game looks okay.


BBB Says:

Oh no WB! You can’t leave me hanging!!


Wog Boy Says:

Put it this way BBB, to my knowledge (I might be wrong), it is third party influence through the person closest to Nole.


Travis Bickle Says:

WB,

Is that possibly a person who goes alone to “Eat Prey Love” spiritual vacation and leaves a toddler child behind?


Wog Boy Says:

I can tell you one thing BBB, if I can have Nole only once at my place I would convert him back to good old fashioned carnivore after giving him my specialty (I am preparing it), baked pork knuckles in baked sauerkraut with horse radish and home made bread.


Wog Boy Says:

TB,

I am saying no names.


Anki Says:

Jelena? That vegan diet is doing Novak no good, agree. Looks very thin.


BBB Says:

WB, as you know, I was married to a Serb, and if I had told him I would not serve meat, he would have immediately walked out the door.


Van Persie Says:

I did not see the match, but am glad that Nole is through. I had the feeling that he played with pain during Roland Garros, perhaps I am wrong.

WB, I do not understand Nole. How can he be a vegetarian? I have eaten the best puneva pleskavita in Beograd….


J-Kath Says:

Van Persie

For those of us who are still gulping down their first morning coffee, what the heck is “puneva pleskavita” – haven’t got the energy to look it up.


J-Kath Says:

VP

Have a great vacation, but do watch out for Greeks bearing gifts.


Van Persie Says:

JK,

It is puneva pljeskavita, am not sure I wrote correctly. It is a sort of hamburger, but much, much better. WB can explain better :)

Thanks also for the good wishes, I will take care, but I am already familiar with Greek people, not my first time there. I love Greece :)


Wog Boy Says:

JK,

It is stuffed burger Balkan way, but taste much better than any burger you have ever eaten.
VP was close enough, we say it “Punjena Pljeskavica” meaning “stuffed burger”, very hard to pronounce, but great to eat. In Serbia meat patty is made of best beef and pork meat, stuffed with ham, kajmak (sort of sour cream), smoked bacon and has to be chargrilled, nothing else is acceptable. In Bosnia they use lamb and beef for obvious reason.
I have to go to watch footy otherwise I would give you some links.


Willow Says:

I Said it some months ago about Noles weight, and was crucified for it, and before anybody attacks me with the usual speil with the words hater YAWN, i was merely saying it because i dont believe its healthy to be too thin, sure he can get to balls no other players can, hes very flexible, and have a long career of winning everything, avoid injury because of his body type, be the best ever etc, but at what cost when ones health begins to suffer, i actually thought he looked great before he went GF, when it comes to health, ive always believed in eating healthy, everything in moderation, and exercising regularly, and been a rich althete these players can afford to have the very best nutritionists anyway, or so i wouldve thought, now even the commies are saying he looks very thin and so are his fans, so it aint just me then ….

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