Milos Raonic Advances at Rogers Cup after Downing Lucas Pouille

August 5, 2019 by Doug Hirdle
Milos Raonic returns volley on mayday against Lucas Pouille in Montreal at the Rogers Cup.

Canadian tennis star Milos Raonic has advanced to the second round at the Rogers Cup after defeating Lucas Pouille in the first round at Montreal’s IGA Stadium centre court.

Milos needed only two sets to put away Pouille. He won the first set 6-4 and with a 6-4 in the second, equalled his first set performance. Milos Raonic has battled injuries throughout this season but seemed unaffected by any previous ailments during the one hour, 12 minutes of play.

Raonic, who is currently ranked 20th in the world, held serve throughout the first set after breaking Pouille during the third game, and that included firing off ten aces. The second set almost mirrored the first with Raonic serving sixteen aces and breaking Pouille in the fifth game.

Raonic’s best performance at the Rogers Cup was in 2013 when he made it to the finals only to lose to Rafael Nadal. With his recent string is injuries, his ranked dropped to 29th after going out in the quarterfinals against Pouille, however, he saw his ranked improve with his win against Pouilee on Monday.

After South Africa’s Kevin Anderson exited the tournament, Raonic, who was supposed to play Taylor Fritz of the U.S in the first round saw a change that put him against Pouille and with it, an opportunity to revenge the quarterfinal Australian Open loss. Raonic next will face Montreal’s Vancouver’s Vasek Pospisil or Montreal’s Felix Auger-Aliassime depending on who wins in their first round match on Tuesday.

Denis Shapovalov, another rising Canadian tennis star, will face off later on Monday against France’s Pierre-Hugues Herbert. At 20, Shapovalov, who is ranked 31st in the world, thrilled those attending the 2017 Roger’s Cup when he defeated Rafael Nadal in the third round, who clearly is the favourite to win the Cup this year. Absent from this year’s Rogers Cup is Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, who have chosen to rest in preparation for the upcoming U.S. Open.

In doubles action, Pospisil and Auger-Aliassime will take on the due of Fabrice Martin and Jeremy Chardy on Monday afternoon. Ranked 207th, Pospisil best showing at the Rogers Cup was in 2013 when he advanced to the semifinals before being eliminated by Raonic. However, this year Pospisil is attempting a comeback after being out for eight months due to back problems and was able to gain entry as a wild card

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