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SportsRaonic rallies for victory over qualifier

14:15  12 march  2019
14:15  12 march  2019 Source:   msn.com

Auger-Aliassime through to Miami Open 4th round

Auger-Aliassime through to Miami Open 4th round MIAMI - Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime advanced to the fourth round of the Miami Open on Sunday, downing Poland's Hubert Hurkacz 7-6 (5), 6-4. The 18-year-old qualifier from Montreal earned his only break of the match in the final game. Auger-Aliassime, ranked No. 57 in the world, saved 3-of-3 break points of his own and won 79 per cent of his first-service points. He also fired seven aces and had two double-faults. Hurkacz, ranked No. 54, has six aces in the match, which lasted one hour 44 minutes. Earlier Sunday, Canada's Milos Raonic dropped a 6-4, 6-4 decision to Britain's Kyle Edmund.

Raonic first gained international acclaim by reaching the fourth round of the 2011 Australian Open as a qualifier , being referred to as Raonic is the most successful Canadian singles player in history. His loss to Wawrinka followed his victory over No. 7 Tomáš Berdych, his fourth top 10 victory of the

Canada’s Milos Raonic is heading to the round of 16 at the BNP Paribas Open after a come-from-behind victory on Monday. The No. 14 seed downed American qualifier Marcos Giron 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in a third-round match, continuing an impressive run of success for Canadians at the event.

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. - Canada's Milos Raonic is heading to the round of 16 at the BNP Paribas Open after a come-from-behind victory on Monday.

The No. 14 seed downed American qualifier Marcos Giron 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in a third-round match, continuing an impressive run of success for Canadians at the event.

Felix Auger-Aliassime, an 18-year-old from Montreal, lost to Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan 7-6 (2), 4-6, 6-7 (5) in a third-round match later Monday.

Denis Shapovalov, a 19-year-old from Richmond Hill, Ont., and 18-year-old Bianca Andreescu of Mississauga, Ont., had Monday off after winning matches on Sunday.

The 24th-seeded Shapovalov will face No. 10 seed Marin Cilic of Croatia in a third-round match on Tuesday, while Andreescu will square off with No. 18 seed Qiang Wang of China in a fourth-round match on the women's side.

Shapovalov tops Evans at Miami Open

Shapovalov tops Evans at Miami Open MIAMI - Canada's Denis Shapovalov defeated Britain's Daniel Evans 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 on Saturday in second-round play at the Miami Open. The No. 20 seed from Richmond Hill, Ont., had a 37-19 edge in winners. He needed just under two hours to complete the victory. Shapovalov will play either ninth-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia or Russian qualifier Andrey Rublev in the third round. Shapovalov was scheduled to play a first-round doubles match with India's Rohan Bopanna later Saturday against American Austin Krajicek and New Zealand's Artem Sitak. In third-round women's singles, Bianca Andreescu of Mississauga, Ont.

Second-seeded Milos Raonic was made to work for a 6-7 (5), 6-1, 7-5 victory over qualifier Andrey Kuznetsov and a place in the second round of the World Tennis Tournament on Tuesday.

Canada’s Milos Raonic advanced to the second round of the U.S. Open with a 7-6 (4), 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 victory over Argentine qualifier Carlos Berlocq on Monday. The hard-serving star from Thornhill, Ont., fired 26 aces past Berlocq and won 91 per cent of his first service points.

Raonic's win was the seventh in a row for Canadians in singles at the event. He will next face Germany's Jan-Lennard Struff, who upset third-seed Alex Zverev 6-3, 6-1 in the third round.

After fighting back from a first-set loss, Raonic found himself down a break at 3-0 against the 217th-ranked Giron in the third set. But the 28-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., recorded two breaks to take a 5-4 lead before serving out the match.

Giron, an NCAA singles champion in 2014 while attending nearby UCLA, had the support of most of the fans at the facility's main stadium as he flirted with a major upset.

Prior to this week, the 25-year-old Giron had won just one tour-level match in four main-draw attempts. The Californian's career was slowed by a hip injury in 2015, requiring surgery.

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"It was just catching me all over ," Raonic said. "I started getting small (cramps) where I couldn't hold the racket. Harrison, meanwhile, finally has the sort of breakthrough victory predicted long ago for him. He entered Wednesday with a 1-26 record for his career against top-10 opponents.

Raonic tightened up his game and finally created a set point chance with Djokovic serving at 5-6, 30/40. But with the court open, he snatched at a forehand down the line. Djokovic subsequently recovered for the tie-break, a tense affair. Djokovic clinched his one opportunity when Raonic hit a backhand wide

Raonic rallies for victory over qualifier© Provided by thecanadianpress.com Felix Auger-Aliassime, of Canada, returns a shot to Yoshihito Nishioka, of Japan, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Monday, March 11, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Raonic had a 55-23 edge in winners, but made 14 more unforced errors than the American (31-17).

The big-serving Canadian had 22 aces, compared to just three for Giron.

While Raonic has plenty of experience at big events, the other Canadians are just getting their feet wet at this level.

Auger-Aliassime pushed Nishioka to the limit in a three-set duel that stretched to two hours 55 minutes 49 seconds, the longest match of the young Canadian's pro career.

After trading sets, Nishioka took an early lead in the third before Auger-Aliassime battled back to tie it 5-5. Nisioka took a 6-5 lead before the Canadian again climbed back into the match, smashing an ace to tie it up.

Canada's Andreescu advances into fourth round

Canada's Andreescu advances into fourth round Canada's Andreescu advances into fourth round

Milos Raonic became the first Canadian man to reach a grand slam final after coming through a draining semi-final against Roger Federer.

After straight-set victories over 2011 finalist Nikolay Davydenko and qualifier Grega Žemlja, Federer won a hard-fought, error-prone match over eighth-seeded Andreas Federer started off his clay court season with the Madrid Open. He received a bye to the second round, where he faced Milos Raonic .

Auger-Aliassime, fended off three match points to keep it neck-and-neck but his forehand skimmed off the top of the net, redirecting the ball's trajectory so it landed out of bounds to give Nishioka the win.

With the younger Auger-Aliassime and Andreescu both posting upsets earlier in the tournament, the 19-year-old Shapovalov has become a bit of a veteran voice for the Canadian teen trio.

"To be honest, I'm not shocked (about Auger-Aliassime and Andreescu's runs)," Shapovalov told reporters Sunday. "I mean, like, I was telling everybody, it’s just a matter of time until Felix and Bianca show up. They both had unbelievable games in the juniors, and I grew up with both of them. So honestly, I knew the potential they have, and I knew it's just a matter of time until they are gonna have these big results.

"I'm really happy for them. They are both really good people. And hopefully we can just keep going like this to make tennis a really big sport in Canada."

The tournament has taken notice, referring to the success as a "Canadian crusade" on its website.

"We're all killing it. It's great," Andreescu said. "We have played so many junior tournaments together, and it's so nice to see each and every one of us at the top of our game at this stage in our life, only 18, 19, which is pretty incredible.

"I think all that really contributes to our successes. We motivate each other."

Ottawa's Gabriela Dabrowski also remains alive in the doubles draw. The fifth-seeded team of Dabrowski and Yifan Xu of China will face Darija Jurak of Croatia and Raluca Olaru of Romania in the quarterfinals.

Thiem downs Raonic in Paribas Open semifinals.
Dominic Thiem outlasted Canadian Milos Raonic in three sets Saturday to reach the BNP Paribas Open final, where he'll meet Roger Federer who advanced after Rafael Nadal withdrew with a knee injury. 

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