August 9, 2018
Shapovalov shines to set third-round clash with Haase
Tennis Canada – TORONTO
- Four-time Rogers Cup champion Novak Djokovic escaped the rain on Wednesday afternoon with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Canadian Peter Polansky. Djokovic is now 21-3 in his last 24 matches after starting 2018 6-6.
- Persistent rain wreaked havoc on Wednesday’s schedule as showers moved over the Aviva Centre several times.
- Canada’s tennis legend Daniel Nestor has played in his 30th and final Rogers Cup. The doubles stalwart – a two-time champion here – paired up with countryman Vasek Pospisil in a three-set loss to Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez of Spain.
- After the rain, it was a big day for the big names of the Rogers Cup. Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev, Kevin Anderson and John Isner all booked spots in the round of 16.
- Canadian No.1 Denis Shapovalov is looking for a repeat run from a year ago in Montreal. He beat No.14 seed Fabio Fognini in two tight sets.
- Stan Wawrinka earned another nail-biting win in what is a continued comeback for the Swiss player from knee problems. His reward? Nadal in round three.
- On his 18th birthday, home hope Felix Auger-Aliassime played a dramatic three-set thriller against Daniil Medvedev but fell short, the Russian winning in the third-set tiebreak.
- It wasn’t meant to be for another Canadian, Milos Raonic, who fought valiantly but was faded away in the third set against American Frances Tiafoe.
- Thursday is packed: All eight round of 16 matches will take place, as well as a host of doubles battles, including No.1 seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic. Anderson and Djokovic will take to the doubles court following their respective singles, teaming up for the first time.
Toronto Order of Play: http://www.rogerscup.com/schedules-and-results/order-of-play/
Toronto Draws: http://www.rogerscup.com/schedules-and-results/draws/
Rain delays mark day three at Rogers Cup presented by National Bank
- Weather conditions wreaked havoc once again on the courts of Rogers Cup presented by National Bank. Despite light precipitations in the morning, all of the day session matches were able to be played. It was at night where things got complicated. In the end, three matches were unable to be completed, making for a charged schedule for Thursday.
- Three more seeds fell, as Angelique Kerber, Daria Kasatkina and Karolina Pliskova were unable to move into the third round, losing to Alize Cornet, Maria Sharapova and Kiki Bertens, respectively. Sharapova is playing in her first Rogers Cup since 2014, with her best performance coming in 2009 when she made the final.
- One of the featured matches of the day opposed the lone Canadian left in the main draw, Françoise Abanda and the tournament’s third seed. A day after an exciting win in the first round, Abanda was unable to keep the momentum going in her loss to Sloane Stephens.
- In doubles, the all-Canadian team of Rebecca Marino and Carson Branstine fell in their opening round match. The only Canadian player left in the tournament is Eugenie Bouchard, who is playing alongside Sloane Stephens in the doubles second round.
- A number of other seeded players booked their spot in the third round on Wednesday, including Elina Svitolina (no. 5), Caroline Garcia (no. 6), Petra Kvitova (no. 8) and Julia Goerges (no. 10).
- Due to the rain delays, play will begin at 11 a.m. on Thursday. Some of the feature match-ups include Sharapova against Garcia, Caroline Wozniacki versus Aryna Sabalenka and Kiki Bertens opposing Kvitova.
Montreal Order of Play : http://www.rogerscup.com/schedules-and-results/order-of-play/?tournament=wta
Montreal Draws : http://www.rogerscup.com/schedules-and-results/draws/?tournament=wta