Clash of Generations at the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank
Tennis Canada – Clash of generations at the
Rogers Cup presented by National Bank
- It was semi-final day on Saturday, as four players were competing for the chance to be crowned champion in Montreal. But before that could get underway, the final quarter-final match needed to be completed due to unfavourable weather conditions the previous night.
- Having only played two points the night before, Gael Monfils and Roberto Bautista Agut were once again delayed by rain on Saturday. After a delay, they finally got to take to the court for their match. After taking the opening set, Monfils struggled with some injury problems in the second before finally powering through to take the match.
- However, not long after the match ended, he was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to an ankle injury. He was slated to play four-time champion Rafael Nadal in the last match of the day. With the withdrawal, Nadal benefited from a walkover to the final.
- In an all-Russian match-up, Daniil Medvedev and Karen Khachavov were competing for the other finals spot. Having split their first two encounters, the compatriots have very similar track records, both being in the Top 10 at the age of 23 and holding 4 career titles.
- Although they had similar records going into the match, it was Medvedev who put on a dominant performance, outplaying his compatriot throughout the match. He needed just under an hour and a half to book a spot in his first Masters 1000 final.
- Sunday’s singles final will oppose two players from different generations on the tour and who have never faced each other. Nadal will be looking to capture his fifth title on Canadian soil while Medvedev is seeking his maiden Masters 1000 title.
- In doubles, Canadian Denis Shapovalov and partner Rohan Bopanna fell in the semi-finals. Despite the loss, the duo put on an entertaining show for packed crowd on National Bank Court.
- Bianca Andreescu added to her historic run at Rogers Cup by defeating American Sofia Kenin in straight sets on Saturday. The 19 year old became the first Canadian woman to reach the final of this event in 50 years – dating back to when Canadians Faye Urban and Vicky Berner faced off in the 1969 Rogers Cup final. Urban remains the last singles’ champion from Canada at this event for both the women’s and men’s. The Mississauga native will be looking to win her second career WTA title, the first of which she earned at Indian Wells back in March.
- Serena Williams will be trying to score some history of her own on Sunday. The 23-time Grand Slam champion reached her fifth career final at Rogers Cup by coming from behind to defeat Czech qualifier Marie Bouzkova. Serena will be seeking her fourth career title in Canada – which would match the tournament record held by Monica Seles and Chris Evert in the Open Era.
- Win or loss, Andreescu will see a massive jump in the WTA rankings, when the new ones are released on Monday morning. Currently ranked 27th in the world – the 19 year old from Mississauga is projected to jump up 13 spots if she were to win the title (World No. 14). However, if Andreescu were to lose, she is still projected to make her Top 20 debut as the new World No. 20.
- Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski and partner Yifan Xu failed to reach the women’s doubles final on Saturday night. The No. 2-seeded pair lost their semi-final matchup to the No. 3-seeded team of Demi Schuurs and Anna-Lena Groenefeld 0-6, 3-6. For Dabrowski, the result may have been disappointing but she managed to match her best result at Rogers Cup. Her only previous semi-final appearance at this major Canadian stop took place in 2013, when she played alongside Toronto’s Sharon Fichman.
- The No. 1 seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova booked their spot in Sunday’s final by taking down Victoria Azarenka and Ashleigh Barty 3-6, 6-3, 10-4. The Czech team of Krejcikova and Siniakova will be looking to win their first-ever Rogers Cup title.
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