Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Milos Raonic On Court Today In Montreal
by Staff | August 11th, 2015, 9:28 am
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After successful doubles debuts Monday, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray open play today in Montreal. Yesterday, the two along with Rafael Nadal, all won their doubles first round matches. And Murray will now play his brother Jamie in the second round of the competition.

“I’ve never played my brother since we became professionals,” said Andy who partnered with Leander Paes. “We obviously played a lot against each other in juniors, in a lot of local competitions or competitions around Great Britain, but yeah we haven’t played each other for a very long time.

“So it’ll be nice in some ways to do that but also it’s not easy. Serena and Venus [Williams] have obviously done it playing for Grand Slams and stuff and I can’t imagine how difficult that is.”

In singles today, Murray meets Tommy Robredo who beat Feliciano Lopez. Last week Murray was stunned in his first match in Washington.

“It always takes some time to get used to the hard courts again,” said Murray. “Not so much the tennis, but more in terms of how tough it is on the body, coming from clay and grass which are a little more forgiving. That’s the main thing that I need to adjust to.”

Djokovic plays during the day against Thomaz Bellucci. It’s his first match since his third Wimbledon title last month.

“I feel different this year than I did last year after Wimbledon and the wedding that I experienced,” he said. “That period of the year was a lot to take… beautiful experiences and dates I will always remember. Overall, on and off the court, it was probably the most remarkable year of my life. But I was exhausted and I came to Canada without being emotionally ready and recharged to compete at a high level.

“[This year] I took some rest that I looked forward to, that was very much necessary. At the time when I finished the Wimbledon final, I was looking to recharge my batteries, spend time with family.”

Also today, Canadian No. 1 Milos Raonic faces Ivo Karlovic in a match that will surely see a tiebreaker or two. Grigor Dimitrov takes on Alexandr Dolgopolov, qualifier Ernests Gulbis meets his practice partner Dominic Thiem and Nick Kyrgios clashes with Fernando Verdasco.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga completes his match with Borna Coric. The two played just 13 minutes before the rains ended the day.

However, the rain that washed away play Monday in Toronto is expected to linger today in Montreal.

Gilles Simon, Gael Monfils, Donald Young, Gilles Muller and Bernard Tomic were among the Monday winners.

TUESDAY MONTREAL SCHEDULE
COURT CENTRAL start 12:30 pm
F. Verdasco (ESP) vs N. Kyrgios (AUS)
B. Coric (CRO) vs [10] J. Tsonga (FRA) to resume 1-2

Not Before 2:30 pm
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs T. Bellucci (BRA)

Not Before 6:30 pm
I. Karlovic (CRO) vs [8] M. Raonic (CAN)
T. Robredo (ESP) vs [2] A. Murray (GBR)

BANQUE NATIONALE start 12:30 pm
[Q] A. Dolgopolov (UKR) vs [14] G. Dimitrov (BUL)
[11] R. Gasquet (FRA) vs J. Chardy (FRA)
[WC] V. Pospisil (CAN) vs [Q] Y. Lu (TPE)

Not Before 6:30 pm
[Q] E. Gulbis (LAT) vs D. Thiem (AUT)


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71 Comments for Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Milos Raonic On Court Today In Montreal

jane Says:

rain forecast for the next few days in montreal! currently there is “light rain” but apparently there could be thunderstorms later. not looking good for the event.


jalep Says:

Toronto is underway though. Huge schedule of play there from yesterday’s interruptions.


jane Says:

psssst… there’s tennis on in montreal!


jane Says:

omg, nick’s hair, lol. what’s the deal with this young guns. first thiem’s 80s hair and now nick’s multi-coloured mohawk. :)


jalep Says:

http://opencourt.ca/

https://twitter.com/OpenCourt

jane – in case you don’t already know Stephanie Myles. Her blog and twitter have some great pictures.


Gypsy Gal Says:

For someone who doesnt enjoy tennis or following her beau well according to some people,Xisca certainly seems to spend plenty of time following Rafa around on tour….


jalep Says:

Are you talking about that picture of Verdasco’s GF, Gypsy?

Was wondering if that was Xisca next to her but she looked…sort of maybe too old to be her.


jane Says:

tsonga/coric is a very interesting match thus far. jo just got the first set. coric – whose name the canadian announcers seem to be pronouncing chorich – appears to get nervous still when he makes mistakes, and his game can unravel as a result. both breaks against him happened in similar circumstances.

also, awww… if you get the canadian feed, there’s a sweet ad with popsicle (i think it’s for an eyeglass shop) where he’s singing and playing his guitar. such a great guy, that vasek.


jane Says:

jalep thanks for the links. i don’t think i’d seen her site before.


jalep Says:

Vasek seems like a sweetheart, jane.

I don’t have the Canadian feed, unfortunately.

Watching Coric and Tsonga. Poor Borna had chances but his serve really let him down that 1st set – probably nerves, yeah. “Chorich” is right, I think.


jalep Says:

She has my full-time dream job is what I told Gypsy, jane.

On the weekly where’s Rublev search I found him on the challenger schedule for Aptos, Calif. playing hard court this evening vs Tommy Haas. :)

Was hoping to see Rublev on hc. Maybe he’ll get into qualies for US Open. If it was 2011, I could watch free livestream – really miss those days. Everything free is blocked now. Capitalism gone nutz. (sorry)


jalep Says:

Borna breaks Tsonga again! 2nd set.

The tricky part for him is holding serve.


Wog Boy Says:

What’s Tsonga’s shoe size..15..16..?


jalep Says:

haha WB, that I wouldn’t know!


jane Says:

“Everything free is blocked now” : / I know… sheesh.

wog boy, hello!

jalep, coric broken righ back, alas. has a lot of potential though, this youngin.


Wog Boy Says:

Hi jane,
I am finally in my Belgrade, watching tennis with Serbian commentary for the first time since 2007, and guess what did I watch in 2007 in Belgrade…Montreal:)
Hi jalep:)


jalep Says:

keeping track of Vasek v Randy Lu score. I thought Vasek would take that 1st set already. Come on!


jalep Says:

Hi to you too, WB – Must be great to be in your Belgrade!

Tsonga does his win dance.


Wog Boy Says:

jalep,
It is where my soul is and where it will remain regardless of where my body is.


Wog Boy Says:

Nole is wearing sama colors as in FO!?


jane Says:

oh, how nice it must be to be back “home” wog boy.

i see novak is wearing yellow! bellucci in hot pink. boys going for the bright colours, but no match hair in this match, ha ha.

speaking of being home, i am liking the canadian coverage. it seems very neutral. obviously they bring up pospisl and raonic more than some coverage but speaking about players, they remain fair imo.

vasey with set 1 and just got a break in set 2.


jane Says:

*matching hair


jalep Says:

Must be painful to live so far away, WB. Enjoy every precious moment there you have. :) devour it while you can!

Pospisil up 4-1, 2nd set. Think he’s got this.


jane Says:

totally annoyed: >:( my t.v. has switched to baseball. grrrr. was waiting for novak’s match too. grrrr again


Markus Says:

Gypsy Gal, when people don’t talk about Nadal anymore, that’s when you should really worry.


jalep Says:

That’s really annoying when it happens, jane.

Oh for the days when it was easy to pirate a European stream and chat, curse or rejoice with gambling addicts worldwide. Gone is that small cultural gem of glee.


jane Says:

yeah i know jalep. one has to struggle to find streaming with out paying and/or registering. : /

nice to see vajda there for a change. always like his encouraging demeanour.


jane Says:

(okay it must’ve been autocorrect that separated “with” and “out”; i didn’t make that error!)


jalep Says:

So did you see Nole’s 1st set, jane?


jane Says:

i saw until about 2-2 on television …

missed a bit and then found another way to watch.


jalep Says:

Good. Nole’s serve 75% 2nd set. But Belluci keeping it tight – he has a great lefty serve.

Genie down 0-4 to Bencic :/


jane Says:

thomaz is difficult for novak. we’ll see if he can hold here and force a breaker…


jane Says:

i see gulbis is hanging with thiem so far in set 2 after losing the first…


jane Says:

fun match – thomaz made novak work hard. :)


jalep Says:

Yeah indeed. Nole couldn’t break Tomaz 2nd set. But he played a nearly perfect tie break – a couple hiccups.

Thought Genie might get the 2nd set…she was up a break but lost it and now holding even. It’s an improvement. Come on Genie!

Gulbis playing a confident Thiem. I don’t know. Ernie, woe as me, Ernie.


Wog Boy Says:

Agree jalep, Nole had to work hard for every single point, but win is a win.


Wog Boy Says:

^^ for jane and jalep.

PS too many UE for Nole standards.


jane Says:

yes, errors especially in set one.

gulbis with a bad backhand error to start the tiebreaker. looks like 80s-hair is gonna win it. whose section in the draw is thiem in? be interesting to see how far he’ll go. he’s been on a run of late.


jane Says:

bencic is serving for the match now. sheesh, genie just can’t get her groove back.


jalep Says:

Genie broke her! 5-5

come on, Genie!

At least Gulbis is going down fighting that 2nd set tie break. 7-7


jane Says:

well well both gulbis and genie continue to fight. gulbis forces a third, but can genie??


jalep Says:

Yes, they can!

If I was a proper yenta, I’d get Genie and Ernie together and see if they can coach each other ;)

Can they win in the decider???


jane Says:

^ that is the big question jalep!


jalep Says:

80’s hair… lol

Why? Dominator, Why?


jane Says:

gulbis with the break consolidated.
genie broken.


jalep Says:

Woot! Gulbis has matchpoint.

hahaha he did it. Gulbis is back! ???


jalep Says:

Dear Genie,

You can do this.


jane Says:

gulbis is through. thiem will get a rest.

not looking too good for genie right now.


jane Says:

gulbis is “back”? ha ha ha, jalep. don’t hold your breath please. ;-)


jalep Says:

Nole plays Dimitrov or Sock next

Gulbis gets Lukas Rosol. hm, no. That very well could be a bridge too far.

Belinda Bencic is tough. Genie looks so vulnerable much of the time out there :(


jane Says:

well it won’t get much easier for novak then. both dimitrov and sock can be difficult opponents, especially grigor.

gulbis should be able to beat rosol, no?

watson is cruising…


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Gulbis made it through qualifiers, so this qualifies as a streak.

Great day of action tomorrow: Wawrinka vs Kyrgios, Pospisil vs Isner, Murray vs Murray, and everyone will be curious about Rafa’s form. I expect Rafa through in straights.


jane Says:

who is rafa playing?


jane Says:

dr. ivo just hit his 10,000th ace!


jalep Says:

Definitely a streak, TV. And a sign from god.

Impossible to know what Ernie will do jane. What’s the nightlife like in Montreal?

the line-up for tomorrow looks fantastic:

Kei v Pablo Honey
Rafa v Staks
Vasek v Isner
Stanimal v Kyrgios
Simon v Youzhny
LaMonf v Muller
Berdych v Young
Bobby BA v Jo Wili
Cilic v Tomic
Chardy v L Mayer
Dimi v Sock
Goffin the Great v Querry

And the odd couple double in action – Tommy Robredo with Fabio Fognini as his partner
(remember them hating each other in a Santiago semi-final 2011 – they had words. Fabs got fined for bad behavior… called Tommy a man of Mierde and wouldn’t shake his hand)

Tough draw for Nole, jane. Sock or Dimi – neither are easy outs at all.

But the night isn’t over. Raonic just saved to matchpoints. Milos needs a miracle.

Andy Murray after this!


jane Says:

loaded field tomorrow for sure.

“What’s the nightlife like in Montreal?”

oh-oh jalep – it’s a pretty wild town! :O


jalep Says:

That’s what I was guessing, jane. Montreal sounds like fun to me.

I can’t watch the whole day like today but I can watch until 5 pm or so. Have to work 7pm-7am Wed, Thur, Fri.


jane Says:

bad day for canadian tennis players – except dear vasek. hope he can slay the giant tomorrow. he lost in washington but maybe with home crowd he’ll do better.

now still andy/robredo to go. who will andy have next assuming he gets through here?


mat4 Says:

Hi. j. & j.


mat4 Says:

BTW, j., you could try a certain drakula stream. Works well for me.


jane Says:

hey mat4, shhhhhh, they’ll shut it down! o_o

(p.s. nice to read you :))


the DA Says:

Jane, are you saying the Andy match has yet to begin?? :0 What on earth? I got up from bed to get some water and now I’m conflicted. Do I watch and then turn up like death warmed up for a meeting tomorrow? Plus Robredo is extra pumped for this after the two dramas of last year. *yikes*

I need an intervention for my tennis addiction :/


jane Says:

the DA, it’s underway. andy with the early break. serving at 2-4, 15-30.


jalep Says:

Vasek is like sunshine, jane :D He can’t help it.

@mat4 hello. Nice to read you.
Awesome and interesting posts, observations, ideas and analysis on the Rafa thread.

Andy plays LaMonf or Muller next.

But DA is right. Robredo is pumped for this! Yikes!

Cibby is throwing everything she can at Sloane Stephens. Two good matches still on.


jane Says:

well sloane is o-u-t.

andy and short-shorts are interrupted. it’s unlikely they’ll finish unless they get back on court a.s.a.p., as it’s 11:22 pm there now. at least the first set is almost finished, on serve at 4-4, andy with game point.


the DA Says:

Well the rain seems to have solved the issue. Back for some Zzzs. Hope Andy has a long think about that break gifted back. Even Nole was strangely rusty earlier. Oh well – tomorrow. Night all.


jane Says:

g’nite. more exciting matches lined up for tmrw…


Okiegal Says:

@Jane…..Have you tried StopStream.me?? I happened on to it the other day. It’s better than Live Score Hunter and Sportleman, for me here in Oklahoma, anyway.


Margot Says:

The forecast for the rest of the week isn’t great is it?
jane, please stick your head out of the window and tell me what the weather’s like. Am sure you can see from where you are…. Canada’s such a small country after all…..;)


Tennis Vagabond Says:

“Whats the nightlife like in Montreal?”

hahahahaha

Not good for Gulbis’ tennis…

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