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Tennis Canada Fan Gala 2018: Match of the Year

Dec 10, 2018
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada

As part of its 2018 awards season, Tennis Canada wants you, the fans, to vote for your best and favourite moments of the year. From December 10th to 15th, we turn the year-end awards over to you: Most touching moment of the season? The best rivalry of the year? YOU get to decide!

At the end of the week, we’ll tally the results an, will reveal the winners next week as chosen by the die-hard Canadian tennis fans.

First up is the award for the “Match of the Year”, the finalists are:

1. Félix Auger-Aliassime vs. Hyeon Chung – Chengdu Open R2

After winning two matches to qualify for the main draw and defeating Yibing Wu in the opening round of the ATP 250 Chengdu Open, Auger-Aliassime went up against then-World No. 23 and Australian Open semi-finalist Hyeon Chung in round two. Powered by 11 aces, the Canadian defeated the South Korean 7-6(2), 5-7, 6-4 to earn the second Top 25 victory of his career.

2. Genie Bouchard vs. Lesia Tsurenko – Fed Cup World Group II play-off, Montreal

Two hours, 39 minutes… that’s how long Genie Bouchard and World No. 41 Lesia Tsurenko battled in their singles match of the Canada vs. Ukraine Fed Cup tie in Montreal before Bouchard sealed a second point for the home team. Exhausted at the end, Bouchard showed her character throughout and never gave up.

Need proof? She almost broke her hand during the match, but she said it was totally worth it!

Bouchard came away with a 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(5) win much to the delight of the fans in Montreal and… herself!

3. Denis Shapovalov vs. Kevin Anderson — US Open R3

The first meeting between the 19-year-old Canadian and the South African certainly did not disappoint with Anderson coming away with a thrilling five-set victory after 3 hours, 42 minutes of play in front of a packed Louis Armstrong stadium. Despite the loss, Shapovalov still managed to wow the crowd on multiple occasions!

The respect that these two have for each other became apparent after the match. “I want to take the time to say that one thing that I really appreciated from him. In the first set when he had a little bit of a slip, he wanted to call the trainer. Instead of doing it before I was serving at 5-4 to take the medical, he waited until the set break,” said Shapovalov after the match.

“Not a lot of players would do that. It’s really great to see that from fellow athletes.”

Anderson responded in kind later on Twitter:

One thing is for sure — we wouldn’t mind a few more Anderson-Shapovalov clashes in 2019!

4. Milos Raonic vs. Roger Federer — MercedesCup final

Raonic, ranked No. 35 in the world at the time, won four consecutive matches, including victories over Tomas Berdych and Lucas Pouille, to advance to the final of the Wimbledon tune-up event in Stuttgart, Germany. His opponent in the final? None other than the great Roger Federer.

Looking to capture his first ATP title since 2016, Milos gave the Swiss Maestro all he could handle before falling 6-4, 7-6(3). It was the former World No. 3 Canadian’s first tournament from a one-month injury lay-off; what a way to mark your comeback!

So, who gets your vote for Match of the Year?

Don’t forget to check back tomorrow as we reveal the second awards category of the Tennis Canada Fan Gala!