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Raonic, Shapovalov post big wins in Delray Beach

Feb 20, 2018
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada

Three Canadians were in action on Tuesday at the Delray Beach Open.

Milos Raonic kicked off action against Taro Daniel of Japan. Raonic secured his first win of the 2018 season with a 6-1, 7-5 victory.

Raonic won 7 of the first 8 points in his match, breaking Daniel at love and consolidating his serve in the following game to go up 3-0. He continued to cruise through the opening set and earned another break to go up 5-1 and serve for a one set lead. He only dropped three points on serve.

Raonic faced his first real test at the start of the second set. On serve at 2-1, down 15-40, Raonic mishit a backhand volley wide of the tramline and gave Daniel his first break of the match as he trailed 3-1.

Raonic kept the set close and was able to break back as Daniel served for the set at 5-3. It was one-way traffic for Raonic in the latter end of the second set, from 2-5 down he was able to go a break up and served for the match at 6-5. Raonic hit nine aces and won 85% of his first service points.

Raonic was also able to enjoy some of the sights prior to the start of the tournament and had an encounter with alligator! Check out his expedition in the video below.

Denis Shapovalov followed his compatriot on Stadium Court against Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic.

Shapovalov immediately found himself under pressure after committing a handful of early errors that allowed the 38-year-old veteran to break in the opening game. After Shapovalov avoided going down a double break at 3-0 he found some momentum to get back on serve at 4-4. From there it was one-way traffic for the Canadian who ran away to steal the set 7-5.

A tiebreak would decide the second set as both men firmly held on to their service games. After trading mini breaks to start, Shapovalov jumped out to a 4-3 lead and held both his following service points to bring up three match points at 6-3. On a return winner, Shapovalov took the tiebreak 7-6(4).

Finally, Peter Polansky, who got into the main draw as a lucky loser, took on local favourite Jared Donaldson in his opening round match. A tight opening set was taken all the way into a tiebreak. The pair exchanged several mini breaks and Polansky even served for the set at 6-5, but Donaldson fought from behind to take the set 7-6(6). Polansky fell 7-6(6), 6-1 in the match.

Polansky & Shapovalov are also in doubles action this week. The duo defeated Robert Lindstedt/Franko Skugor in the opening round.