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Canada 1, Netherlands 0 as Raonic rolls past De Bakker

Sep 14, 2018
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada

Milos Raonic got Canada off to a winning start against the Netherlands in their Davis Cup playoff tie at Toronto’s Coca-Cola Coliseum on Friday, registering a comprehensive 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Dutch No. 2 Thiemo de Bakker.

In front of an enthusiastic Toronto crowd, Thornhill’s own dominated proceedings from the very start, imposing his massive serve and thunderous forehand on De Bakker. The two exchanged breaks early on in the first set, but it was Milos who was able to consolidate a second break of the Dutchman’s serve, eventually closing out the set after just over half and hour of play.

The second set was all Raonic. The World No. 20 was able to get a read on De Bakker’s potent serve delivery, and ran up to his opponent’s shop shots with ease. De Bakker, however, wouldn’t go down without a fight, capitalizing on a few loose errors from Raonic to find his way back on serve in the third. But it was the Canadian who was able to raise his level in the crucial moments, riding one last break of serve to an ultimately straightforward victory over No. 236-ranked De Bakker.

The win puts Canada ahead 1-0 in the tie, with Denis Shapovalov to take the stage against Robin Haase in Friday’s second singles rubber. The winner of this weekend’s tie will claim a highly sought-after seeding in next year’s refurbished Davis Cup competition, allowing them to avoid potentially tricky first-round opponents in February.

(Feature photo: Peter Figura)