Canada’s Milos Raonic topped David Goffin of Belgium 6-3, 6-Four in singles after heavy rain delayed play for almost three hours at the Rogers Cup on Monday.
No. 30 Raonic received off to a sizzling begin, breaking his Belgian opponent for a 4-1 lead within the first set.
The previous World No. 3, who’s battled quite a few accidents over the previous two seasons, used his highly effective serve to his benefit. He fired 13 aces to Goffin’s two and gained 100 per cent of his first-service factors.
“I believe I can nonetheless serve a lot better, I do not assume I served significantly nicely,” Raonic stated. “So I am going to take the time to work on some issues tomorrow however total it was a very good efficiency. Mentally I used to be in the correct way of thinking the entire means by and I used to be very disciplined with myself.”
Raonic, of Thornhill, Ont., will play the winner of a match between American Frances Tiafoe and Italy’s Marco Cecchinato.
Shapovalov falls in doubles
Novak Djokovic and Kevin Anderson defeated Canadian teenagers Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3, 6-2 in first-round doubles motion.
Rainfall moved into the realm of the York College campus simply earlier than Three p.m. ET, interrupting three matches and inflicting a location change from centre court docket to the grand stand for the Canadians’ doubles match in opposition to the 2018 Wimbledon champ and runner-up.
Shapovalov, of Richmond Hill, Ont., and Auger-Aliassime of Montreal — doubles companions on the junior circuit years in the past and wild-card entries for his or her hometown event — began the match sturdy earlier than Djokovic and Anderson took management.
“Our sport was there, we did not really feel intimidated at all,” stated the 19-year-old Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont.
“Simply to have an opportunity to play with these guys is already good,” added Auger-Aliassime, a Montreal native who will not flip 18 till later this week.
They broke Anderson’s serve for a 2-Zero lead, to the delight of a tightly packed grand stand crowd. However the Wimbledon finalists group — nicknamed Djokerson because of a Twitter ballot carried out by Djokovic earlier within the day — broke again to tie the match 2-2, and once more to go up 5-3. Each breaks had been on Auger-Aliassime serves.
Anderson and Djokovic gained 5 straight video games, going up two breaks, to win the second set.
Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime seemed to be having enjoyable all through their match, with Shapovalov flashing his teammate a smile after they by chance ran into one another whereas chasing a deep shot within the first set.
The Canadians double-faulted 3 times and gained simply 50 per cent of their service video games.
Shapovalov, at No. 26, is the highest Canadian within the males’s singles draw. He was No. 143 earlier than final 12 months’s Rogers Cup.
The 19-year-old performs Jeremy Chardy of France Tuesday.
“Yeah, I struggled a bit of bit with my share at the beginning of the primary set,” Auger-Aliassime stated. “And I am taking part in in opposition to the best returner within the sport so clearly he’ll put some returns in.
“I believe perhaps we weren’t as environment friendly at the online to shut out the factors however that is it.”
Auger-Aliassime is No. 134. He’ll make his Rogers Cup fundamental draw debut Tuesday in opposition to Lucas Pouille of France.
Polansky strikes on
Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev upset 13th-seeded Jack Sock 6-3, 3-6, 6-Three in one of many three rain-interrupted afternoon matches. American Bradley Klahn topped Spain’s David Ferrer 7-6, 6-Four and Pierre-Hughes Herbert of France beat Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Earlier Monday, Thornhill, Ont., native Peter Polansky, a wild-card entry taking part in within the morning draw, defeated Matthew Ebden of Australia 7-6 (3), 6-4. He’ll play the winner of a match between Djokovic and Hyeon Chung of South Korea within the second spherical.
The 30-year-old Polansky, who’s ranked No. 121 on the earth, has by no means superior previous the second spherical of the Rogers Cup.
He squeaked out a victory in opposition to his 52nd-ranked opponent within the first set by successful the tiebreak 7-3.
“It was truly actually large,” Polansky stated of the tiebreak win. “He was serving nice and I wasn’t anticipating to go up by a lot early on.”
Polansky additionally took an in depth second set, which included a seventh sport with seven deuces earlier than Polansky held serve.
“I believe if I received damaged there, the momentum would have turned in his favour fairly,” Polansky stated.
Polansky completed the match with six aces Ebden’s 12. However Polansky gained 83 per cent of his first-serve factors and 62 per cent off his second serve.
In different males’s first-round motion, Benoit Paire of France downed Jared Donaldson 6-3, 6-Four and Ilya Ivashka of Belarus defeated Yuichi Sugita of Japan 6-2, 6-3.