Raonic, Pospisil Meet In Historic First All-Canadian Final; Serena Seeds Third Stanford Title

by Staff | August 3rd, 2014, 10:09 am

History will be made Sunday in America’s capital when Milos Raonic meets Vasek Pospisil in the first ever all-Canadian final on the ATP.

“Personally, this is a first final for me so that’s great. It’s more special that I am playing a Davis Cup teammate and a fellow Canadian,” Pospisil said. “This is great for tennis in Canada. I’ll try to do my best.”

Raonic advanced to the final breezing past Donald Young 6-4, 7-5.

“I did the most important things,” the 23-year-old Raonic said. “I took care of my serve. I thought he played really well and I just put that pressure on him in the final games of the set. It paid off. Obviously I want more. I think I have a much better understanding of what I need to bring out of myself, especially earlier in tournaments so I can do consistently well at each tournament and give myself the opportunity to get into the weekend stages.”

Because of late Friday rain, Pospisil was forced to play four sets on Saturday. He first finished off Santiago Giraldo in a third set then in the evening returned to beat Richard Gasquet 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-5.

“I stuck with it. I felt like I was forcing my game and made adjustments,” said Pospisil. “I hung in there in the third and waited for an opportunity. I was fortunate to get an opportunity and I seized it.”

The two Canadian stars, who are missing (or glad to not be there!) an abundance of PR opportunities at the Toronto Masters this weekend, have played just once before when Roanic won in a third set breaker last year in the Montreal semifinals.

The 24-year-old Pospisil is playing his first ATP final, Raonic is seeking his sixth title. The final also marks the second all-90s final of the weekend after 23-year-old David Goffin beat 20-year-old Dominic Thiem in Kiztbuhel.

In the Washington women’s final, 2-time Svetlana Kuznetsova faces Kurumi Nara.

Out west, top ranked Serena Williams seeks a third Stanford title against Angelique Kerber. In the semis, Serena beat another German, Andrea Petkovic in straight sets, while later Kerber fended off fellow-lefty Varvara Lepchenko.

“I’m really excited,” Serena said after her 12th straight win at Stanford. “Andrea and I both had really long matches yesterday, so I was just hoping to come out again today with fresh legs, and just try to do the best I could out there.

“My body feels great. I’m just really excited to be in the finals of Stanford again.”

Serena, who is bidding for a 61st career title, has beaten Kerber four of five times but the German did beat her in the 2012 summer at Cincinnati.

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9 Comments for Raonic, Pospisil Meet In Historic First All-Canadian Final; Serena Seeds Third Stanford Title

jane Says:

based on their paths in getting to the finals, it sounds like milos might be the fresher of the two today. i’d actually love to see vasek win his first singles ATP title, although, either way, it is good for tennis in canada, as popsicle says.

Hippy Chic Says:

Jane me too….

jane Says:

congrats to milos.

hope vasek keeps playing well too. i think he was a bit tired today, but good to reach a first singles final after the awesome success in doubles.

Gordon Says:

You have to think Gasquet wishes he had never heard of Pospisil, who is 2-0 against him after knocking him off in the semis last night.

Now Gasquet gets to meet him in his next 2 matches; in his first round singles and doubles match in Toronto.

Strange how draws sometimes work out.

skeezer Says:

Congrats to Milos, great start to the HC season, Oh Canada!

Humble Rafa Says:

The all-Canadia final speaks volumes. These tournaments are for low level, up and coming Americans to win and set themselves up for failure early the following year. These boys from Canadia spoiled it.


skeezer Says:

Its obvious you allow Humble Rafa to continuosly break your own guidelines and remain here, but is a bit hypocrital to dis allow hashtags to everyone but the let him do so?. Is he on your staff?

Okiegal Says:

I assumed Sean was teasing about the hash tags……you can construct a sentence and say the same thing you could say in a hash tag…..don’t see any difference, personally……Hash tags keeps the thought short and sweet……which is nice sometime…..just saying.

TennisFan Says:

congrats to Milos!

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