Raonic upset by Monfils at Rogers Cup
Canada’s Milos Raonic was upset by France’s Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-4 in the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup on Friday.
No. 10 Monfils will play top-seeded Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the tournament at York University’s Aviva Centre on Saturday.
Monfils and Raonic had solid back-and-forths through both sets on Friday, with both using big serves to pin each other to the baseline.
Fourth-seeded Raonic tried to be aggressive, charging to the net, but Monfils’ slicing volleys painted the line behind Raonic.
Djokovic fended off Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 7-6 (6), 6-4 earlier Friday for his spot in the semifinals.
Berdych showed impressive grit against the world No. 1 in the first set, coming back from a 5-2 deficit to tie it 5-5. But mental errors dogged Berdych throughout the match, giving up several points on forehands into the net.
Djokovic had dominated their professional series before Friday’s match, winning 24 matches to Berdych’s two.
In the second set, Djokovic seemed to be favouring his right shoulder and his serve lost some of its speed and accuracy.
Despite those struggles, Djokovic fended off Berdych — in part thanks to the ongoing errors of his opponent, including on the match point.
Berdych was scheduled to partner with fellow Czech player Radek Stepanek against Canadians Daniel Nestor and Vasek Pospisil immediately after his singles match with Djokovic.
Also Friday, Japan’s Kei Nishikori beat Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 to advance to the semifinals.
Nishikori has now reached four ATP Masters 1000 semifinals this year, having made the final four in Miami, Madrid and Barcelona.
The third-seeded Nishikori will face No. 2 Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland. “Stan, you know, has a great serve, great backhand,” said Nishikori, who has lost three of his four previous matches against Wawrinka on the ATP Tour.
“Yeah, he’s tough player, but I have beaten him before.”
Wawrinka topped South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 6-1, 6-3 in their quarter-final.