Raonic, Pospisil still alive
MONTREAL—Milos Raonic feels things finally may be looking up.
The big-serving Canadian, who is adjusting to a new coach and a more aggressive style, never was in trouble in second-round action yesterday at the men’s Rogers Cup as he downed Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 6-4 just before torrents of rain crashed down on Uniprix Stadium.
“You sort of keep working away,” said Raonic, who hired Ivan Ljubicic to replace Galo Blanco as his coach in May.
“The thing is, I felt like I was getting closer definitely on the practice court, I just wasn’t really doing it in the matches,” he admitted.
Raonic next will play Juan Del Potro in the round of 16 today after the No. 6 seed defeated Ivan Dodig 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 in a match that went past midnight local time because of a rain delay.
Raonic, whose match with Youzhny also was delayed by rain, will get the chance to test himself against an elite player and see where his makeover to a more attacking style stands.
Raonic and Canada’s second-highest ranked player—No. 71 Vasek Pospisil—were the only Canadians to reach the round of 16 as Frank Dancevic of Niagara Falls, Ont., Filip Peliwo of Vancouver, and Jesse Levine of Ottawa all lost.
Pospisil, of Vernon, B.C., downed Radek Stepanek 6-2, 6-4 on a day that also saw Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal both return to action.
Murray, in his first match since his stirring victory at Wimbledon in June, shook off some rust and battled a swirling wind to down Marcel Granollers 6-4, 7-6 (2) on centre court.
Murray today will face Ernests Gulbis, who beat Fabio Fognini 6-3, 1-6, 6-1.
A two-time Rogers Cup champion, Nadal also was back on court for the first time since Wimbledon, where he lost in the first round.
The Spaniard, who arrived a week early to work on his hard-court game, made short work of Levine in a 6-2, 6-0 win.