Milos Raonic energized his home crowd with an emphatic 6-3, 6-4 win over tenth seed David Goffin in the first night session of Rogers Cup presented by National Bank. Raonic imposed his aggressive game to overwhelm his more defensively-oriented opponent, striking 13 aces and winning a whopping 100% of his first serves.
“I think the way I was aggressive from the baseline, I hit my forehand well,” said Raonic of what he was most proud of in the match. “It’s something we spent these last two weeks working on. I think I can still serve much better. I don’t think I necessarily served particularly well, so I’ll take the time to work on some things tomorrow.”
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Raonic and Goffin were locked at 2-2 in the head-to-head, with Goffin getting the better of the Canadian a year ago on the clay of Madrid. In Toronto, however, Raonic proved that he had the home advantage, dictating play with his serve and forehand to maintain momentum throughout the match. The only danger he faced on serve game at the close of the first set, where he fell behind 0-40. As has become customary throughout his career, the Thornhill-native was able to serve his way out of trouble.
“Overall, it was a very good performance as a first performance here,” added Raonic. “And mentally I was in the right state of mind the whole way through, and I was very disciplined with myself.”
Earlier in the evening, Novak Djokovic and Kevin Anderson overcame a spirited effort by rising Canadians Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger Aliassime, winning 6-3, 6-2 on National Bank Grand Stand. Despite getting off to a solid start, the all-Canadian duo was unable to keep up with the experience of their opponents, both of whom played the Wimbledon men’s singles final against each other just under a month ago.
To cap off the night session, Borna Coric notched a comprehensive win over wildcard Vasek Pospisil, 6-4, 6-3.