The Quarter-Finals are Set at the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank
Tennis Canada – MONTREAL
- For the first time since 2009, all eight quarter-finalists in Montreal are tournament seeds. In fact, five of the remaining athletes are among the Top 10 players in the world.
- Hometown star and birthday boy, Félix Auger-Aliassime was unable to overcome the world no. 9 Karen Khachanov. Playing in his first Rogers Cup at home, the young Canadian managed to win his first two rounds against fellow Canadians Vasek Pospisil and Milos Raonic.
- Rafael Nadal, the no. 2 player in the world and the top seed in Montreal, put on a dominant performance against Guido Pella, who eliminated David Goffin in the first round. With his win, Nadal passes Roger Federer in total number of wins at ATP Masters 1000 tournaments.
- Nadal’s next opponent will be Fabio Fognini, the seventh seed, who got the better of Adrian Mannarino playing in front of an animated crowd on National Bank Court. Fognini, who won his first Masters 1000 title earlier this year, had never previously made it past the third round at the Rogers Cup.
- The tournament’s no. 2 and 3 seeds, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev, also booked their quarter-final spots on Thursday, defeating Marin Cilic and Nikoloz Basilashvili, respectively. Thiem’s next opponent will be no. 8 seed Daniil Medvedev while defending Montreal champion Zverev will have the tough task of facing Khachanov.
- The final match of the day was one of the best the tournament has seen all week, as Roberto Bautista Agut ousted Richard Gasquet in a tight two-set thriller. The near sold-out crowd on the National Bank Court toughed the wind and the late hour to soak in this epic encounter. Next up for Bautista Agut is showman Gael Monfils.
- The only Canadian left in action in Montreal is Denis Shapovalov, who moved on to the doubles quarter-finals alongside partner Rohan Bopana. The two are playing in their fourth tournament together, with their best result coming at the Mercedes Cup in June.
- Canadian Bianca Andreescu booked her spot in Rogers Cup quarter-finals thanks to another three-setter, this time defeating World No. 5 Kiki Bertens 6-1, 6-7 (6), 6-4. Her next opponent doesn’t get any easier, she’ll try to defeat World No. 3 Karolina Pliskova in Friday’s day session to reach the semi-finals. The winner of this first career meeting will face either Sofia Kenin or Elina Svitolina in the semis.
- Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski and her partner Yifan Xu might’ve had the day off, but their next opponent at Rogers Cup was revealed on Thursday. Anett Kontaveit and Timea Babos downed Darija Durek and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 6-2, 7-6 (3) to set up a quarter-final showdown with the No.2 seeded Canadian-Chinese duo. They are scheduled to play Friday afternoon on Grandstand.
- Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka set the stage for one of the most anticipated rematches in recent memory. Serena kicked off Thursday night with a win over Ekaterina Alexandrova, while Osaka secured a quarter-final date with the 23-time Grand Slam champion after taking down Iga Swiatek in straight sets. The two will meet for the first time since Osaka beat Serena in last year’s US Open final.
- Also, Serena will look to become the winningest WTA player at Rogers Cup in the Open Era. Williams tallied her 32nd match victory at Rogers Cup Thursday – putting her in a tie with Aranxta Sanchez Vicario. While, Osaka still has a shot at regaining the World No. 1 ranking. If she reaches the semi-finals, she might all but guarantee herself that distinction.
- World No. 3 Karolina Pliskova is the only other player who could usurp Osaka at the top of the rankings after Rogers Cup. Pliskova will need to reach the final, and hope Osaka doesn’t go any further at the tournament if she is to successfully become the new World No. 1.
- Among the other notable winners on Thursday were a former and current Rogers Cup champion. Elina Svitolina extend her Toronto winning streak to seven. She’ll face Sofia Kenin for a spot in the semis.While, the defending champion Simona Halep scored her seventh straight win in Canada, securing a quarter-final date with Marie Bouzkova on Friday night.
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