Thiem doubles his luck in Montreal

Florence Fletcher
August 10, 2019

Next up for fourth seed Halep, who won her second Grand Slam crown at Wimbledon last month, is Czech Republic's Marie Bouzková, a 6-2, 6-2 victor over Latvia's Jeļena Ostapenko.

Britain's Dan Evans was left to rue missed opportunities after losing a hard-fought contest with defending champion Rafael Nadal in the second round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

But as he began his campaign, the only one of the "big three"-with Novak Djokovic and Federer-in Montreal, he also had one of the Swiss star's Masters records in his sights".

"It was the first time I ever felt that". The one-hander Shapovalov was incessant with his returns as well. For that absence, for recreational drug use, certainly seemed to galvanise the prodigiously talented Briton into renewed dedication and effort.

The 33-year-old Spaniard is seeking a fifth Canadian Masters 1000 title, with his wins evenly split between Montreal (2005 and 2013) and Toronto (2008 and 2018).

"If a couple of shots had went my way, I could have definitely won the match". Victory over Nadal would match or exceed his career-high No41. If not, Federer will take over as No. 2.

"He's playing great", Nadal said. In the victory, Nadal won 78 percent of his first serve points and 50 percent of his second serve points. He chipped at the Nadal backhand and it worked a treat.

At 4-3, the first break point of the set emerged with a faulty service game by Shapovalov and then an overhead smash on the net gave Dominic Thiem a 5-3 lead in the final set.

"Of course it is better to play without this kind of wind".

"But it was very mentally hard to serve out the win".

The pair have played each other no less than 15 times before, with Nadal leading their head to head series by eleven matches to four. He must, however, reach the final come Sunday to prevent Federer taking over his No2 ranking.

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Felix Auger-Aliassime will look back fondly on his first hometown Rogers Cup.

That set the stage for Williams, a 37-year-old American who will try for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title at the upcoming US Open, to face Osaka on Friday.

These two had met once before over a year ago on the hard courts of Acapulco, a win to Thiem, but could home support buoy up the young Canadian? "It was so important, that (next) game again to have the break".

Second Set Shapo With Five Aces In The Set!

Erroneous tennis from Thiem at 3-2, gave the Canadian youngster two break points.

No. 6 seed Daniil Medvedev of Russian Federation defeated Great Britain's Kyle Edmund 6-3, 6-0, No. 10 seed Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain got past Argentina's Diego Schwartzman 6-2, 7-5, and No. 14 seed Marin Cilic of Croatia moved on with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Australia's John Millman.

Evans was not the only Briton in action on this unpredictable day.

Cilic topped Australia's John Millman 6-3, 6-4.

And the powerful, rangy tennis of the Russian proved too much.

Medvedev claimed a 6-3, 6-3 win over Chile's Cristian Garín in the round of 16.

That test will be against Argentina s Guido Pella, who beat Radu Albot 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7/2).

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