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Raonic, Pospisil edged out in Shanghai

Oct 13, 2016
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada

Thornhill, Ontario’s Milos Raonic was stunned by American Jack Sock in the third-round match at the Shanghai Rolex Masters. After failing to capture a single game in the opening set, Sock rallied back to defeat Raonic 0-6, 6-4, 7-6(8) early Thursday morning.

Raonic fired 14 aces in the one hour and 53 minute contest, but Sock stood his ground and even saved two match points in the deciding set tie-break to advance. The loss marked the world No. 6’s first defeat to the American in eight matches, with Sock’s only other win over Raonic occurring in Memphis in 2013.

While the 25th ranked Sock moves on to face Gilles Simon in the quarter-finals, Raonic will set his sights to the ATP World Tour Finals. Raonic clinched his spot in the year end finale last week following his run at the China Open in Beijing, claiming the fourth spot in the eight-player field. The Finals take place at the O2 Arena in London from 13-20 November.

Vasek Pospisil, of Vancouver, was also in action on Thursday in Shanghai. The tournament’s top-seed Novak Djokovic defeated the 26-year-old 6-4, 6-4 in 80 minutes. The loss halted Pospisil’s four match win streak and best run of the season, which included topping world No. 18 Grigor Dimitrov 7-5, 7-6(2) in the second round on Wednesday.

 

Djokovic advances to meet Mischa Zverev in the quarter-finals, but first commented on his Canadian opponent’s impressive display of tennis.

“Vasek was serving very well. It was really hard to read his serve. He was hitting the spots beautifully. He was putting a lot of power in that.” Djokovic said following the match. “Just when I needed to read his serve and play well, I did. It was enough: one break in both sets.”