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Bracket Battle: Best Rogers Cup Moments

Jul 11, 2016
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada
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Which Rogers Cup moment is THE Rogers Cup moment? With your help, we’re about to find out.

13838257_10101485990884961_890620450_oCheck out 16 of our favourite Rogers Cup memories from Toronto and Montreal (videos below!) and vote in our daily Twitter polls from @rogerscup and @couperogers as we #GetCloser to your pick for the top moment!

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Rogers Cup in moments:

2013: All-Canadian Semifinal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYCG8HGXhY4

Milos Raonic faced compatriot Vasek Pospisil in the first all-Canadian semifinal at Rogers Cup. Milos would go on to become the first Canadian finalist at Rogers Cup since Robert Bedard in 1958.

2014: Tsonga crushes top 10

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga surprises the field in 2014 by beating four Top 10 players in a row, including Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, to win his first Rogers Cup title and snap the 10-year hold the Big Four previously had on the Canadian championship.

2009: New mom Clijsters returns

After a two-year retirement in which she became a mother, Kim Clijsters plays Rogers Cup in 2009 – just her second tournament back – and defeats world No. 9 Victoria Azarenka en route to a third-round showing. She would go on to win the US Open three weeks later.

2012: Wozniak shines in Montreal

Aleks Wozniak reaches the quarter-finals in her home province, defeating the likes of Jelena Jankovic before falling to her good friend Caroline Wozniacki in the quarter-finals.

2011: Djokovic sets new Masters record

In Montreal, new world No. 1 Djokovic wins his ninth title of the year and fifth Masters 1000 crown, a record (…At the time! He would go on to beat his own record in 2015 with six Masters titles.)

2010: Milos & Vasek take out No. 1 & No. 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YSMxlUj9U8

Two young and relatively unknown Canadians (at the time) – Raonic and Pospisil – take on the world No. 1 and world No. 2 Nadal and Djokovic in a first-round doubles match on Opening Night in 2010 – and defeat the two best players in the world!

2015: Bencic’s bracket-busting run

Belinda Bencic tears through the 2015 draw, defeating a Grand Slam finalist or champion in all six rounds she played. Highlights include a three-set victory over world No. 1 Serena Williams in the semifinals and former French Open finalist Simona Halep in the final for her first ever Premier 5 level event.

2006: Teenage Ivanovic wins first big title

18-year-old Ana Ivanovic wins the biggest title of her career in Montreal after defeating Martina Hingis in the final, becoming the WTA’s newest star.

2005: Nadal’s first hard court Masters crown

19-year-old Nadal beats Andre Agassi in a much-anticipated final of generations, earning Rafa his first hard court title.

2004: Roger wins Rogers Cup

Federer wins his first Rogers Cup title in 2004, just a few months after becoming world No. 1 for the first time.

2011: Serena comes back to form

Serena Williams goes on a statement-making march to the title in 2011. After nearly a year away from the game following a hematoma and pulmonary embolism, she goes on to defeat Sam Stosur in the final for her second Rogers Cup title.

2014: Serena v. Venus, XXV

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGrOQ6kCaiI

After a 14-year absence in Montreal, Venus and Serena meet in the semifinals for the 25th time of their careers with big sis beating lil sis.

1995: Legends clash in Canada

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsCX0k2WvvY

Agassi beats Pete Sampras in the final in their only meeting in Canada, their fourth match-up that year. It was also the last match played in the old stadium at Jarry Park in Montreal.

2000: Canadians capture championship

2000 Nestor Lareau

In Toronto, Daniel Nestor and Sebastien Lareau capture the doubles title to become the first Canadians in the Open Era to win the Rogers Cup title. They also would go on to win gold together at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games shortly afterwards.

1995: Resurgent Seles triumphs

Monica Seles makes a valiant and emotional return to professional tennis at Rogers Cup following her 1993 stabbing. She goes on to win the title – her first of four in a row – without dropping a set.

1994: Sanchez-Vicario stops Steffi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRK-TEb_mBA

Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario beats Steffi Graf in a tightly-contested final that was interrupted several times by rain. Sanchez-Vicario won, ending Graf’s 32-match win streak on hard courts. It was just her eighth win over Graf in 31 tries.

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