Raonic defeats Shapo in Cincinnati, settles the score
Tennis By Louis Spencer JR | August 22, 2018
Milos Raonic defeated compatriot Denis Shapovalov in a high-quality Clash of Canadians on a rainy Thursday afternoon at Cincinnati’s Western & Southern Open. Raonic, who had lost to Shapovalov in their sole previous meeting earlier this year in Madrid, was dominant on serve throughout the match and was able to secure the 7-6(6), 6-4 victory on a break of serve after one hour, 42 minutes of play.
The 27-year-old from Thornhill came out of the blocks firing, not facing a single break point on serve throughout the first set. Shapovalov’s own serve was under pressure frequently, but his exceptional lefty serve him out of trouble on all four break points faced. In the tiebreak, the younger Canadian managed to generate a set point at 6-5, but Raonic was able to come from behind to take the set on one last monstrous serve.
The second set saw Raonic pull ahead to a quick 4-1 lead, but was reeled back in by Shapovalov’s signature shotmaking, which earned him his first and ultimately only break of serve in the match. Raonic was able to edge ahead for 5-4 and raised his level just long enough to earn his first victory over the #NextGenATP Shapovalov, who will soon be his Davis Cup teammate in less than a month.
The battle for 🇨🇦 bragging rights goes to @milosraonic 🙌
The two-time #CincyTennis semi-finalist defeats Denis Shapovalov 7-6(6) 6-4 to reach the quarters. pic.twitter.com/h4SXWUobXZ
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) August 16, 2018
In the quarterfinals, Raonic will face Novak Djokovic who overcame defending champion Grigor Dimitrov 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
(Feature photo: Peter Staples/ATP World Tour)