Raonic up­set by Mon­fils at Rogers Cup

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - JOHN CHIDLEY-HILL

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.

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