Raonic resurrection continues with win at Canadian Open

Raonic resurrection continues with win at Canadian Open

Milos Raonic, after a two-year injury layoff, demonstrated that his powerful serve is still intact as he defeated Frances Tiafoe 6-7(12) 7-6(4) 6-3 in the first round of his home tournament on Monday. Raonic, a former world number three, made his comeback in June and sealed the victory with his 37th ace, setting up a second-round match against Japan’s Toro Daniel.

Raonic expressed his gratitude for the win, as it had been two years since he last played in Toronto and four years since he played in front of his parents, who had supported him throughout his junior and professional career. The first set tiebreak ended controversially when Tiafoe touched the net while hitting a winner. Despite objections from Raonic and boos from the crowd, Tiafoe was awarded the point and the set because he made contact with the net outside of the single sticks. However, Raonic got his revenge in the second set breaker, leveling the match with an unreturnable serve.

In the third set, Raonic broke early and successfully defended a break point in the final game, securing an emotional victory. This marked his first appearance on home soil since 2019. Meanwhile, Gael Monfils defeated Christopher Eubanks 7-6(3) 6-7(4) 6-1 in an impressive display of speed and skill. Monfils had match points in the second set but Eubanks managed to serve his way out of trouble, forcing another tiebreak. Eubanks fought back from a 4-1 deficit in the second set breaker, leveling the match. However, Monfils broke Eubanks in the first game of the deciding set and maintained his lead until the end.

Monfils will face fourth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second round. Other players who advanced from the round of 64 on the first day of the tournament include Tommy Paul, Hubert Hurkacz, Matteo Berrettini, Lorenzo Musetti, and Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. The Masters 1000 tournament also saw Frenchman Gael Monfils and American Christopher Eubanks put on an exciting match, with Monfils emerging as the victor.

Overall, it was an eventful day at the Canadian Open, with Raonic’s triumphant return, Monfils’ impressive performance, and several other players advancing to the next round.

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