This is one night of Canadian tennis that you do NOT want to miss. Not only is Rogers Cup Canada’s premier tennis event featuring the best players in the world, but it’s been a platform for some of the best sports stories in the world.
One of those stories was Denis Shapovalov’s big upset win over Nick Kyrgios on Monday night. His magical shot making and never-say-die attitude captivated the Toronto crowd – a big stage debut that he specifically requested.
Yet to play his first match at Rogers Cup is none other than Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic – he takes to the court on this evening to kick off his hometown campaign, one in which he’ll look to win his very first Masters 1000 title.
Canadian tennis fans coming to Rogers Cup tomorrow night are asked to wear red and white for the double-header with Raonic and Shapovalov.
— Arash Madani (@ArashMadani) July 27, 2016
So yeah, long story short: you’re gonna want to tune in to this one. And here are the four reasons why.
This will be Raonic’s first tournament since his historic run to the Wimbledon final. After an extremely successful grass court campaign that also saw him reach the final at Queen’s Club, the World No. 7 will be looking to maintain his rich vein of recent form at his home event in Toronto.
At the pre-tournament event downtown he was greeted to excited applause. But that audience was only 200 people. At 6:30pm tonight, he’ll be playing in front of a packed house of over 10,000 – and the homecoming welcome will be thunderous.
Raonic might be the present face of Canadian, but tennis fans will get a glimpse of the future one with Shapovalov’s match, second up after Raonic’s 6:30pm match with Yen-hsun Lu.
The 17-year-old showed exactly what he’s capable of in his impressively composed win over Kyrgios, and should no doubt rise to the occasion once more with FULL crowd support.
Shapovalov won’t be alone in the flashy tennis department. He plays Grigor Dimitrov who knows a thing or two about hot shots.
The talented Bulgarian has often drawn comparisons to Roger Federer based on their fluid all-court style and eerily similar technique, but hasn’t been able to back up the hype – particularly of late. One can never know when exactly he’ll reclaim the form that took him as high as No.8 in the world exactly two years ago – but his dazzling shot making will likely be on display as he plays Shapovalov, who will have absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Both matches are going to be massive. Massive serving from Raonic as he takes on a the hard-hitting and experienced Lu, and a massive chance for Shapovalov to truly announce himself as more than just a junior prospect, but as a future star of Canadian tennis.
The Rogers Cup night matches have a feel like no other – be sure not to miss what will definitely turn out to be one epic evening of tennis.