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Spending A Day With Raonic At Toronto 2016

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 8:47am
A day in the life of Milos Raonic, who discusses his latest initiative for the Milos Raonic Foundation and playing at the Rogers Cup in Toronto.

Nishikori Reflects On Novikov Win

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 7:51am
Kei Nishikori talks about his second-round win over Dennis Novikov at the Rogers Cup. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Kyrgios sledges Australian fans

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 3:37am
Kyrgios sledges Australian fans

Youzhny Shows Off Touch Vs Wawrinka Toronto 2016

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 3:20am
Mikhail Youzhny catches Stan Wawrinka by surprise with a cheeky drop shot during their second-round match in Toronto on Tuesday. Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Wawrinka Reaches Round 3 In Toronto

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 2:49am

Stan Wawrinka got his Rogers Cup campaign off to a successful start on Tuesday, advancing to the third round with a 7-6(3), 7-6(8) win over Mikhail Youzhny. The pair traded breaks in the first set and, in the eventual tie-break, Wawrinka sealed the opener on his first set point opportunity with a backhand winner. Youzhny regrouped and raced to a 3-0 lead in the second set, but the Swiss broke back in the fifth game for 2-3. Again in a tie-break, the second seed sealed victory on his third match point after two hours.

Watch Youzhny Hot Shot

The 31-year-old Swiss, who hit 31 winners, next faces either No. 16 seed Jack Sock or Donald Young in the third round. A three-time titlist this year (Chennai, Dubai, Geneva), Wawrinka is making his tenth appearance at the Rogers Cup. His best result was a quarter-final showing in 2011 (l. to Fish).

Young set a second-round clash with Sock after prevailing in his opener against Alexandr Dolgopolov, 7-6(6), 6-4. Nothing separated the players in the first set, with both holding serve all the way through and winning 50 points each, but it was Young who managed to convert on his second set point in the tie-break at 7/6. The American then rallied from 1-4 down in the second set to take the match. 

Earlier, Lucas Pouille was two points away from losing against qualifier Emilio Gomez, but the No. 13 seed rallied to win their opening round match, 6-7(8), 6-4, 7-5. Gomez, the son of 1990 Roland Garros champion Andres Gomez, saved a set point serving at 5-6 in the opening set and another down 6/7 in the tie-break before converting on his second set point. Pouille grabbed the lone break of serve in the second set to lead 4-3 and held the slight edge to force a deciding set.

The Frenchman served to stay in the match at 4-5, then broke Gomez in the next game before closing out the contest on his serve. The victory gave Pouille his first ATP World Tour main draw win in Canada. Next up for him in the second-round is Rajeev Ram, who won 90 per cent of his first serve points to advance earlier in the day over Ernests Gulbis, 6-4, 6-2. 

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Qualifier Dennis Novikov recorded his first main draw win at an ATP World Tour event by moving past Federico Delbonis, 6-4, 6-3. Novikov, ranked No. 131 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, converted on the lone break point chances he had in each set while saving both break points against him in the match. The American will now square off against a Top 10 player for the first time when he takes on No. 3 seed Kei Nishikori in the next round.

In-form Croatian Ivo Karlovic fought back in three sets to beat NextGen player Taylor Fritz 6-7(9), 7-6(5), 6-2, and set up a second-round meeting with his countryman, eighth seed Marin Cilic. Karlovic, who reached the final in Washington last week and won the title in Newport the week before, broke twice in the deciding set before serving it out after two hours and 17 minutes. He finished with 29 aces.

Monfils, Berdych advance with Rogers Cup wins

Wed, 07/27/2016 - 2:03am
Monfils, Berdych advance with Rogers Cup wins

Bouchard beats Safarova in 3 sets at Rogers Cup

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 10:38pm
Bouchard beats Safarova in 3 sets at Rogers Cup

Monfils Gives Sousa The Runaround Toronto 2016

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 8:55pm
It was a cat-and-mouse game between Gael Monfils and Joao Sousa during their Rogers Cup first-round match... but who wins the point? Watch live tennis at tennistv.com.

Monfils Soars Past Sousa At Rogers Cup

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 7:23pm
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Gael Monfils opened up his Rogers Cup campaign in style on Tuesday, scoring a convincing opening-round win over Joao Sousa, 6-3, 6-3.

"I think I've put in good work with my team. What I try to do is keep working with them and then see the results later," said Monfils. "I like to think when I'm in my top game and with consistency, I can beat a lot of players at the top."

Monfils won 50 per cent of his return points (compared to 38 per cent for Sousa) and fired eight aces. The Frenchman is on a six-match win streak after prevailing last week at the Citi Open.

Next up for Monfils is Vasek Pospisil. The Canadian had taken the first-set tie-break 7/3 before Frenchman Jeremy Chardy retired with a foot injury. Chardy broke to open the match before Pospisil returned the favour the following game. The Frenchman saved a set point on serve at 4-5 and another in the tie-break before the Canadian clinched the set on his third opportunity. Chardy had reached the semi-finals of last year’s Rogers Cup, while Pospisil, too, reached the last four three years ago.

“He’s a great player, he doesn't have many weaknesses, and he's a great athlete,” Pospisil said of his next opponent. “It’s tough to win a match against him. He will get tons of balls back. I will have to play a great match for that win.” 

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Fabio Fognini extended his win streak to five matches with a first-round upset over No. 15 seed Steve Johnson, 6-4, 6-4. Fognini, the champion last week at the Konzum Croatia Open Umag, won 90 per cent of his first-serve points during the second set. He'll play qualifier and #NextGen star Jared Donaldson in the next round. The American advanced after John Millman was forced to stop play in their match, 6-4, 4-3, retired.

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Yen-Hsun Lu continued his outstanding 2016 with a first-round win over #NextGen star Alexander Zverev, 7-5, 6-2. After being sidelined for six months due to elbow surgery, Lu returned to action in May and produced outstanding results on the ATP Challenger Tour. He won two-grass court titles (Ilkley, Surbiton) and finished as runner-up in two other events (Manchester, Seoul), all in less than two months.

Next up for Lu is fourth seed and home favourite Milos Raonic. The Canadian leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry 2-0, but they haven’t played in over two years.

"If a 10,000 [person] crowd is against you, even if you prepare for it, it's still a shock," said Lu about his upcoming match against Raonic. "I will be a little bit nervous, but I respect him. I'm happy for him. I hope I can play my best tennis and try to enjoy the 10,000 people against me!"

Rivalries Renewed At Rogers Cup

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 7:15pm
WTA Insider | The second round gets underway in earnest on Wednesday at the Rogers Cup; keep up with all the action on the latest Live Blog!

Kerber Survives In Montréal Lucic-Baroni v Kerber Highlights: WTA Montreal R2

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 7:14pm
No.2 seed Angelique Kerber needed three sets, but withstood a worthy challenge from big-hitting Mirjana Lucic-Baroni to reach the round of 16 at the Rogers Cup.

Bouchard Blasts Into Last 16 Cibulkova v Bouchard Highlights: WTA Montreal R2

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 7:14pm
Eugenie Bouchard continued to impress at home, putting on her most emphatic display of the season to knock out No.11 seed Dominika Cibulkova at the Rogers Cup.

Radwanska Slices Past Tricky Niculescu Radwanska v Niculescu Highlights: WTA Montreal 2R

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 7:14pm
2014 Montréal champion Agnieszka Radwanska won in a battle of trick shots against Monica Niculescu to advance to the third round of the Rogers Cup.

Venus Sails Into Third Round Strycova v V Williams Highlights: WTA Montreal 2R

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 7:13pm
No.6 seeded Venus Williams extended her perfect record against Barbora Strycova to earn a spot in the third round of the Rogers Cup.

Bencic Out Of Olympics

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 7:13pm
Still suffering the effects of a left wrist injury that derailed her Wimbledon campaign, Belinda Bencic has opted to withdraw from what would have been her Olympic debut in Rio.

Montréal Wednesday: 2014 Redux

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 7:11pm
Agnieszka Radwanska and Venus Williams faced off in the 2014 Rogers Cup final, and begin their 2016 campaigns on the same day in Montréal.

Montréal: V. Williams vs. Strycova Strycova v V Williams Highlights: WTA Montreal 2R

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 7:04pm
Venus Williams takes on Barbora Strycova in the second round of the Rogers Cup.

Bester/Shamasdin Beat Djokovic/Zimonjic In Toronto

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 6:43pm

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic partnered with fellow Serbian Nenad Zimonjic in doubles at the Rogers Cup. The duo began their bid on Tuesday in Toronto, but fell to home favourites Philip Bester and Adil Shamasdin. The Canadians won 7-5, 4-6, 10-2.

”It’s an exciting match-up, kind of like a popcorn match,” said Bester. “At the end of the day, I was also excited to go out there with Adil and I knew that we had enough skill and enough game to beat these guys. That's what happened today, so I couldn't be happier.”

“I thought we served really smart and tried to keep it away from their strengths,” added Shamasdin. “Going into a match like this we are focused on what we are doing on our end, and we are not really kind of worried about what they're going to do.”

Bester/Shamasdin saved seven of the eight break points they faced to beat Djokovic/Zimonjic in 82 minutes and reach the second round. They next face seventh seeds Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram.

Third seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo will open their campaign in Toronto against Croat tandem Marin Cilic and Marin Draganja, who fired six aces and saved the one break point they faced to beat Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-3, 6-4. 

John Isner and NextGen star Alexander Zverev defeated Robert Lindstedt and Sam Querrey 7-6(4), 6-3 to set a second-round meeting with fifth seeds Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau. Nick Kyrgios and Jack Sock beat Gilles Muller and Benoit Paire 6-4, 6-2 in 53 minutes to set a second-round clash with sixth seeds Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil.

Australian-Serbian duo Bernard Tomic and Viktor Troicki had few difficulties seeing off the Canadian wild card pairing of Felix Auger Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov. Tomic and Troicki won 89 per cent of first-serve points and were never broken. They next meet No. 2 seed Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares.

Berdych Fights Through Coric At Rogers Cup

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 6:41pm

Fifth seed Tomas Berdych rallied from a set down on Tuesday at the Rogers Cup to move into the third round over #NextGen star Borna Coric, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.

The Croatian broke Berdych to start the match and never gave his opponent a chance to return the favour, dropping just four points on serve throughout the opening set. But Berdych responded strongly by going on a five-game run in the second set, breaking Coric twice to force a deciding set.

Little separated the pair in the final set, but it was Berdych who grabbed the lone break of serve to lead 2-1. He denied Coric any break point opportunities throughout the set and served out the contest on his first try, improving his record in their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry to 3-0.

Next up for Berdych is the winner of the match between ninth seed John Isner and qualifier Ryan Harrison. Berdych has never played Harrison, but leads his FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry with Isner by 6-2 and has won their past five matches.

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Qualifier Radek Stepanek continued to turn back the clock at age 37 with a convincing first-round win over No. 14 seed Benoit Paire, 6-1, 6-3. Stepanek, ranked No. 129 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, saved all six break points against him during the match. The victory gave the Czech player just his second Top 30 win since June 2014. Next up for Stepanek is local wild card Peter Polansky.

Is Roger Federer in danger of hanging on too long?

Tue, 07/26/2016 - 6:39pm
Is Roger Federer in danger of hanging on too long?