First Round Action Wraps up at Rogers Cup Presented by National Bank
Tennis Canada – MONTREAL
- Three of six Canadians won their first round matches, as Félix Auger-Aliassime, Denis Shapovalov and Milos Raonic were all victorious in their debuts.
- Playing in his home tournament for the very first time, Auger-Aliassime got the better of compatriot Vasek Pospisil in his Montreal debut on Tuesday. The Canadian pair played in front of a sold-out crowds of 12,051 spectators.
- For their part, Shapovalov and Raonic put on dominant performances over Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Taylor Fritz, respectively. Raonic will next face fellow Canadian Auger-Aliassime, whom he defeated in their only previous meeting at Indian Wells earlier this year.
- Peter Polansky fell in a tightly disputed match against Gael Monfils, while Brayden Schnur was unable to overcome Tommy Paul in his opening round match.
- The majority of the tournament’s top seeds successfully moved into the second round, as the only seed to fall was no. 15 David Goffin.
- Alexander Zverev began his title defense on Tuesday, as he ousted Cameron Norrie to book a spot in the third round. The 2017 Montreal champion is on the hunt for his third ATP Masters 1000 title.
- Back in Montreal for the first time since 2015, Andy Murray was victorious in his first round doubles match, playing alongside Feliciano Lopez.
- The tournament’s top seed Rafael Nadal is set to make his entrance on Centre Court on Wednesday afternoon against Daniel Evans.
- Playing against her compatriot Eugenie Bouchard, Bianca Andreescu earned her first career Rogers Cup presented by National Bank victory in three sets 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. The 19 year old will next face Daria Kasatkina on Wednesday for the first time in her professional career.
- Sofia Kenin pulled off the biggest upset of this year’s Rogers Cup. She took down the top-seed Ashleigh Barty by winning a tense three-setter 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4. With the win, Kenin becomes the youngest American to defeat a reigning World No.1 since 2011 (McHale d. Wozniacki – Cincinnati).
- Despite coming in with a 3-7 record against Venus Williams, Carla Suarez Navarro defeated the former World No. 1 in straight sets 6-4, 6-2 on Centre Court. She’ll next face the No. 16 seed Anett Kontaveit in the second round.
- Czech qualifier Marie Bouzkova earned her first career Top 10 win by taking the No.7 seed Sloane Stephens 6-2, 7-5. Prior to tonight’s match, the 21 year old lost all seven previous matches she’s played against players ranked inside the Top 50.
- Former World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka signaled her return to Toronto with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Camila Giorgi. Azarenka had not played in Toronto since 2015. The Belarusian will next face Dayana Yastremska in the second round.
- Big names like comme Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina, Karolina Pliskova and others are also in action on what is a packed day of play Tuesday in Toronto.
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