It’s always special when we have four Canadians in the main draws of ATP World Tour events, but it’s even more special when we get to see them face off against one another!
The draw gods must have had one too many sips of Canadian whisky when they were piecing together the draws at the Stockholm Open and Antwerp’s European Open, as two all-Canadian battles will be taking place early on in the tournaments. In Antwerp, Milos Raonic faces Vasek Pospisil in the second round, following Pospisil’s 6-3, 7-5 win over Leonardo Mayer today, while Peter Polansky drew Denis Shapovalov in the first round after winning his final round of qualifying today over Andrea Arnaboldi, 6-4, 1-6, 6-4.
WASHINTON 2014: Milos Raonic d. Vasek Pospisil to win the title.
GATINEAU CHALLENGER 2017: Denis Shapovalov d. Peter Polansky to win the title.
⏩ Oct 17, 2018 ⏪
ANTWERP: Raonic vs. Pospisil.
STOCKHOLM: Shapovalov vs. Polansky.
— Tennis Canada (@TennisCanada) October 15, 2018
Raonic last faced Pospisil over four years ago at the Citi Open in Washington, where the two contested a high-stakes all-Canadian final, which saw Raonic emerge victorious for what remains his biggest title to-date. Overall, the former World No.3, who is seeded third at the European Open this week, leads the head-to-head with his compatriot 2-0, having also claimed a victory in a similarly high-stakes, all-Canadian semifinal in Montreal back in 2013. Raonic defeated Pospisil 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(4) to reach his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final.
Shapovalov and Polansky have faced off much more recently, with both of their two prior matchups taking place at ATP Challenger Tour events in Canada last season. In Gatineau, an 18-year-old Shapovalov overcame his countryman 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 to win the title, but less than a week later Polansky earned his revenge, winning 6-2, 7-5 in the semifinals of the Granby Challenger. Their first-round clash in Stockholm will be their first ATP-level meeting.
Although it’s never easy to pick a winner when two Canadians face off against each other, one thing is for certain – Canada will have two players through to the next round after Wednesday’s clashes!
(Feature photo: AP Photo/Nick Wass)