TORONTO - He had the hometown fans buzzing this week but on Friday, Milos Raonic's run at the Rogers Cup came to an end, and it was the result of yet another upset this week. Unseeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain defeated the Canadian in a hard-fought three-set match that lasted just under two hours.
Lopez, who had knocked off 4th-seeded Tomas Berdych on Thursday evening, still had enough in the tank for another upset. After taking the opening set 6-4, Lopez lost to Raonic 7-6 (5) before winning the decisive set 6-3.
Despite firing 18 aces against the Spaniard, Raonic simply didn't have what it took on this night. He was involved in lengthy matches the previous two rounds but this time, it just wasn't the end result he was hoping for similar to Wednesday and Thursday.
Overall, Lopez didn't put up the greatest numbers but his ability to save all nine of his break points on Friday certainly helped pave his way into Saturday's semi-final where he awaits either Roger Federer or fellow countryman David Ferrer.
As for Milos, this loss could definitely be regarded as a setback and, to some, it is. However, the Canadian is celebrating a successful 2014 regardless - and hopefully this week was good preparation for the fast-approaching US Open.
While Canadians still have Daniel Nestor to cheer for this weekend along with his doubles partner Nenad Zimonjic, Raonic's exit from the Rogers Cup will leave the hometown crowd will somewhat of a bitter taste in their mouths.
But while Milos is sent packing, a great deal of congratulations is warranted for Feliciano Lopez who pulled off his second upset in as many nights. The Spaniard will now enter Saturday hoping to increase the upset bid to three.