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Raonic routed by Mannarino

Aug 09, 2017
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada

Milos Raonic’s passage at Rogers Cup presented by National Bank was only fleeting.

The powerful server was defeated in two sets by world no.42 Adrian Mannarino of France in just over an hour (1:15).

In his poor performance, the Canadian hit only one ace and was broken three times. Playing with a slight left wrist injury, Raonic was unable to find his game. He started out by losing the first eight points and never managed to get back in the match.

With only a 57% first serve percentage, Raonic showed Mannarino his weaknesses. The Frenchman, on the other hand, demonstrated extraordinary consistency. Smart and accurate, he understood that he could get the last word by moving his opponent around. His returning skills and the quality of his footwork were the final blows for Raonic.

The evening session was rocked by another surprising result. David Goffin (9) of Belgium was eliminated by no. 56 Hyeon Chung of South Korea in two sets (7-5, 6-3). Goffin is still recovering from a serious ankle injury he suffered at Roland-Garros. At 21 years old, Chung is among the next generation of ATP stars. He will face Mannarino in their unexpected third-round matchup.

And because three is the magic number, eighth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was shown the door by Sam Querrey of the US, who has been playing inspired tennis as of late. The Wimbledon semifinalist won in three sets (6-1, 3-6, 6-4) and now faces Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain.