How are you liking the Rogers Cup so far? We’re so excited by some of the performances and we're enthusiastically cheering on our favorite tennis players! Even our very own @RogersPrasana attended the court, today, to see the women play.
In Montreal, we expected that a player from suburban Toronto would be able to make a run at this year’s Rogers Cup, but we figured it would be Milos Raonic. We were sad to see Raonic drop his second-round match 4-6, 4-6 to France’s Adrian Mannarino on Wednesday. It was then brought to the fans attention that he was injured, but we’re reassured to know it is not that serious.
On the other hand, everyone agrees that Canadian teenager, Denis Shapovalov, really stood out by his performance. The 18-year-old downed 2009 U.S. Open champion De Potro 6-3, 7-6 (4) in a second-round match on Wednesday afternoon. After taking down one idol, he will be going for another win at the men’s Rogers Cup.
He advanced to a third-round meeting with Rafael Nadal, a three-time Rogers Cup winner. Nadal battled injuries in the last years but is back in the hunt for the world No.1 rank after winning his 10th French Open title this year. Nadal breezed past Borna Coric of Croatia 6-1, 6-2.
"He’s another guy I grew up watching, I’ve seen him win so many slams." said Shapovalov of Thornhill, Ont.
Shapovalov kept his cool in key moments as he outplayed the veteran Del Potro, a former top-5 player who has dropped to 31st.
"He’s my idol," said Shapovalov of Del Potro." Just to play against him is a huge honor for me.”
He also mentioned that beating a player of this category, of this talent, is very inspiring and a huge confidence boost.
Shapovalov became the youngest player to reach the round of 16 of a Master Series tournament since Nadal in 2004 at Miami.
It likely had mostly to do with Roger Federer playing earlier in the day, but the centre court stands were packed, which is unusual for a weekday afternoon. They threw full support behind the left-handed Shapovalov. Fans agree to say the atmosphere was insanely intense as all of them were cheering extremely loud.
Second-seeded Federer made short work of Toronto’s Peter Polansky, winning 6-2, 6-1 in 53 minutes.
Polansky, ranked No. 116 in the world after some strong results in Challenger events, upset No. 75 Vasek Pospisil of Vancouver in the first round on Monday.
It was his second meeting with Federer. At the 2014 Rogers Cup, he lost 6-2, 6-0.
"Even though I lost, this is one of the most memorable experiences of my life along with the match I played against him in Toronto," said Polansky.
In Toronto, Eugenie “Genie” Bouchard, from Westmount, Quebec, returned to the court on Thursday. She was all smiles but fans were disappointed to see Bouchard, bow out of Rogers Cup with a double loss.
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