Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada's Milos Raonic Moves on, Denis Shapovalov, Vasek Pospisil out at Rogers Cup

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada's Milos Raonic Moves on, Denis Shapovalov, Vasek Pospisil out at Rogers Cup

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Raonic advances, Shapovalov out at Rogers Cup

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TORONTO - Milos Raonic is always happy to hear the hometown fans at the Rogers Cup. But he likes it even more when the cheers aren't just for him.

Raonic downed Yen-Hsun Lu of Chinese Taipei 6-3, 6-3 on Wednesday in the second round of the Rogers Cup, while fellow Canadians Denis Shapovalov and Vasek Pospisil were eliminated. All three, however, had the support of boisterous crowds at York University's Aviva Centre.

"It's actually a pleasure to have more and more players to share with," said Raonic, who was one of a record seven Canadians playing in the second round of the Rogers Cup, including Eugenie Bouchard and Francoise Abanda in the women's tournament in Montreal. "I think this was the most players we had in the second round in a long time. It's great to see that. It's great to see it from a young group of players, as well.

"It's an exciting time for Canadian tennis. It's a big spotlight, so it's a pleasure to share."

Raonic, from nearby Thornhill, Ont., will face American Jared Donaldson in the third round. Donaldson advanced after beating Fabio Fognini 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

Raonic found the excited fans to be a bit of a distraction in the second set of his match. He spoke to the chair umpire about conversations floating down to the court from corporate boxes while he was serving and also people walking in the aisles during the match.

Despite those distractions, a smile played across his face when some fans shouted "Another win for Milos!" referencing an episode of the 1990s sitcom Seinfeld. He responded to that playful call from the crowd with his seventh ace of the night to take a 5-2 lead in the second set.

In the final match of the night, the 17-year-old Shapovalov from Richmond Hill, Ont., fell to Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-3. Shapovalov had the crowd's support from the coin toss on, with many fans wearing red and white and waving small Canadian flags.

Shapovalov came out strong in the first set, working to a 3-3 tie with Dimitrov. But the veteran player pulled away, dominating with serves.

Down 5-2 in the second set, Shapovalov brought the fans to their feet and won the advantage with a between-the-legs forehand. …

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