Milos Raonic Advances to Rogers Cup Final with Dramatic Three-Set Win
Raonic def. Pospisil 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7-4)
In the first-ever all-Canadian semifinal at the Rogers Cup, No. 11 Milos Raonic advanced to the tournament final after a hard-fought win in the third-set tiebreak.
Raonic jumped out in front after winning the first set, 6-4, but he hit a wall in the second set against Vasek Pospisil.
After taking a much-needed bathroom break after the second set, Raonic came back with a strong third set that saw neither player broken.
In the tiebreak with plenty of fans in Montreal on their feet, Raonic defeated Pospisil on a dramatic final point that was one of the best in the entire match.
Raonic will now face either Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal in Sunday's final.
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Wow, what a stunning match. Raonic wins 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(4), edging an incredibly tense final set to make the final. Biggest win of his career— Live Tennis (@livetennis) August 10, 2013
Raonic wins. 6-4, 1-6, 7-6. What a match. Good for both men. Good for tennis. Vasek was right. It's the beginning of something special.— Arash Madani (@ArashMadani) August 10, 2013
RAONIC WINS ON A DRAMATIC FINAL POINT!
6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7-4)
Tiebreak: Raonic Leads 6-4
Tiebreak: Raonic Leads 5-4
Pospisil gets a break after a poor second serve by Raonic.
Tiebreak is back on serve.
Tiebreak: Raonic Leads 5-3
Raonic now on the front foot after a break and a strong forehand return on a service point.
Raonic serving at 3-0 in set 3 tiebreak, and Pospisil takes both of his service points. Suddenly 3-all. Vasek won't go away. What composure.— Arash Madani (@ArashMadani) August 10, 2013
Tiebreak: Tied at 3-3
The tension can be cut with a knife right now as Pospisil rallies back to even the tiebreak.
Tiebreak: Raonic Leads 3-2
Another break by Pospisil results in a big fist pump.
Tiebreak is now back on serve.
Tiebreak: Raonic Leads 3-1
Raonic double faults to hand Pospisil his first point of the tiebreak.
Tiebreak: Raonic Leads 2-0
Raonic wins a mini-break as he stretches Pospisil across the court.
Raonic and Pospisil are heading to the third-set tiebreak to decide the match.
All of the fans in Montreal are on their feet as Raonic serves first.
It's incredible what Raonic and Pospisil have done, and are doing, for Canadian tennis this week. Forget growth -- this is a meteoric rise.— Arash Madani (@ArashMadani) August 10, 2013
Third Set: Raonic Leads 6-5
All of the pressure is now on Pospisil with one game remaining in the third set before the tiebreak.
Third Set: Tied at 5-5
After going down 15-30, Pospisil comes back to even up the third set.
Third Set: Raonic Leads 5-4
With a 147 mph serve, Raonic closes out yet another service game.
The tension in Montreal is beginning to build with the crowd cheering on both Canadians for every great shot they hit.
I would have to say the crowd is 50/50 on rooting interest.
Third Set: Tied at 4-4
Pospisil with a clean sweep of the eighth game of third set.
Both players' serves have been keeping everything on pace for a tiebreak.
Third Set: Raonic Leads 4-3
Not as easy as the previous games of the set, but Raonic still gets the job done and holds his serve.
Pospisil and Raonic putting on a serving clinic in this third set. 12 aces for Vasek today already. 3-all in the third set. On serve.— Arash Madani (@ArashMadani) August 10, 2013
Third Set: Tied at 3-3
And just like that, Pospisil holds serve.
All signs are pointing to a deciding third set tiebreak.
Third Set: Raonic Leads 3-2
With serves of 147, 145 and 138 mph, Raonic easily holds serve.
Third Set: Tied at 2-2
With the possibility of a break looming at 40-30, Pospisil holds serve to keep the suspense going in Montreal.
Third Set: Raonic 2-1
It looks like Raonic has put the second set behind him.
He has easily won both of his service games in the third set so far, and he is putting the pressure on to the shoulders of the less experienced Pospisil.
Third Set: Tied at 1-1
Pospisil responds with a hold on serve of his own.
This final set could come down to a tiebreak due to the way that these two players serve.
Third Set: Raonic Leads 1-0
After his break, Raonic responds with a strong service game to begin the third set.
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