Raonic, Shapovalov Monday Montreal Winners; Zverev, Cilic , Kyrgios Tues.
by Staff | August 6th, 2019, 1:22 am

Canadian stats Milos Raonic and Denis Shapovalov gave the home fans something to root about Monday in Montreal.

Raonic, a former finalist, breezed past Lucas Pouile 6-4, 6-4 in just 72 minutes. Pouille stunned the Canadian in the Australian Open quarterfinals in January, but Raonic turned the tables today behind 16 aces and only four points lost on first serve.

“Overall today I have to be happy with the way I did things,” said Raonic. “I thought I came out, I executed on the things I wanted to do. I knew it was going to be a difficult match. I found a way to sort of get a hold of it and play on my terms.”

Raonic will now meet a countryman in either teen sensation Felix Auger-Aliassime or Vasek Pospisil who meet tomorrow (the two lost together in doubles today).

“I think when I started out on tour, it was something obviously more rare,” Raonic said of facing fellw Canadians. “Now with six of us on tour, now especially this week, six of us being in the main draw, it was bound to happen to some extent.

“Obviously I wish as players, for everybody, everybody could be more evenly spread out. They play first round, then I await the winner of that match. That’s just how it plays out sometimes. It’s unfortunate it played out that way at home.”

In the evening, the struggling Denis Shapovalov got off to a good start shrugging off eight double faults to beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-3, 7-5.

In the match of the day, Stan Wawrinka eased past Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-4 for his fourth straight victory over the Bulgarian.

“It was a great match. I’m really happy. It’s always difficult to play against Grigor, but I think I served really well. I was aggressive on the court. I’m happy with the match and with the atmosphere. It’s always amazing to come back to Montreal,” said Wawrinka said. “I did a lot of practice, I put in a lot of hard work to be at a great level.”

Wawrinka now meets 2018 semifinalist Karen Khachanov.

Dimitrov was ranked No. 5 in Canada last year when he reached the quarterfinals, he’ll now plummet outside the Top 70! He has now lost six of his last seven matches and hasn’t reached a quarterfinal since Brisbane.

Former champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was bounced rather briskly by the big-serving Jan-Lennard Struff who rolled the Frenchman 6-2, 6-2.

Tommy Paul, Nikolaz Basilashvili, Roberto Bautista Agut and Christian Garin were also winners. Gael Monfils come from a set down to deny Peter Polansky in the late match.

On Tuesday, 2017 champions Alexander Zverev returns to face Cameron Norrie. Marin Cilic meets Bradley Klahn and Washington winner Nick Kyrgios collides with Kyle Edmund.

John Isner and David Goffin also see action.

Court Central Starts At 12:00 Noon
1st Rd 14 Marin Cilic vs (Q) Bradley Klahn
Not Before 2:00 Pm
1st Rd Felix Auger-Aliassime vs (WC) Vasek Pospisil

Not Before 6:30 Pm
1st Rd Nick Kyrgios vs Kyle Edmund
2nd Rd Cameron Norrie vs 3 Alexander Zverev

Banque Nationale Starts At 12:00 Noon
1st Rd Jordan Thompson vs-12 John Isner
1st Rd Guido Pella vs 15 David Goffin
1st Rd 11 Borna Coric vs (SE) Peter Gojowczyk

Not Before 6:30 Pm
2nd Rd 13 Nikoloz Basilashvili vs Jan-Lennard Struff

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15 Comments for Raonic, Shapovalov Monday Montreal Winners; Zverev, Cilic , Kyrgios Tues.

SG1 Says:

Interestingly, if Kyrgios wins his match against Edmund (which is by no means a certainty), he’ll play Medvedev in the 2nd round in what would be a re-match of the Washington Final.

SG1 Says:

Went to the tournament on Sunday afternoon. Saw Dimitrov pracicing. He definitely seemed a little out of sorts. His coach was quite animated and they were working on footwork for inside out forehands and slice backhand returns. You don’t usually see coaches and players working on “mechanics”.

SG1 Says:

Also saw Andy practicing in singles with Kyle Edmund. He definitely looked rusty but he didn’t seem to be in any visible pain and he appeared to be moving well.

SG1 Says:

Edmund can absolutely bludgeon a tennis ball.

j-kath Says:

SG1: Taa for the info. re. Andy. As for Kyle – doubt he’ll beat Kyrgios.

skeezer Says:

But he did! Although watched some of the match, Nick had puffy eyes, had the familiar look like lets just play around and I’m out a here. Guess he won his tourney and is moving on.
Don’t know if Nick will ever take the game serious enough. Oh well, fun to watch when he wants to play.

j-kath Says:

Skeezer: Oh my! Torn between a big sigh and a wry grin. Certainly not a player to bet one’s house on.

Giles Says:

Picked Kyle to beat the clown. Well done Kyle!

RZ Says:

SG1 – Thanks for the tournament report. If you are going back, enjoy! It’s always fun when you have a chance to watch the pros live.

J-Kath and Skeezer – as much attention as Kyrgios gets, it seems to be underreported how often he gets injured. Apparently he was having back issues during the Washington final. He’s not at the same level of injuries as Nishikori or DelPo but he does seem to have several injury issues for one of the younger players.

RZ Says:

Shapovalov vs Thiem today. Should be good but I expect Shapo to pull off the upset since he’s in front of a home crowd (and Thiem was playing on clay last week)

SG1 Says:

Always enjoyable to see the pros play (men or women). Nice thing about the Rogers Cup is that the grounds passes are free for the weekend before the tournament starts. Not sure if other tournaments do this…but they should. I’m sure that at some point in the future, an evil bean counter will put an end to it but for now, just have to enjoy the free tennis when you can get it!

Apparently, the courts are playing kind of slow. With that in mind, I think Thiem finds his way through comfortably (2 sets). He’s too solid for Shapovalov.

SG1 Says:

Wathcinh Andreescu last night, I have to think she’s going to dominate at some point. She’s so natural and fluid out there. Her forehand reminds me a little of Federer’s.

j-kath Says:

RZ: Kygrios walks like an old man – I know that’s too simplistic but I’m not surprised he has back problems – did he have injuries previously which forces him to walk like an old man or was it his gait that produced that problem? PS: I do like Kygrios – but sometimes he is OTP.

Madmax Says:

J-Kath, he does. That bent over back. He needs to do some yoga, or some pilates, but try telling him that!

j-kath Says:

Madmax: Alas, yes. The only person Kygrios might listen too is Andy Murray with whom he jokes frequently. But unless “his old-man’s bent back” comes up in a joke-conversation Andy is unlikely to introduce any such comment – unless the conversation led to it. Both are razor-sharp in different ways.

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