Unlike most players participating today, Canadian Milos Raonic had a couple of days off at the Rogers Cup. The rest, though, didn’t help as he fell to American John Isner in the quarter-finals this evening, ending his hope at winning a tournament on home soil.
Raonic and Isner had a marathon of a first set tonight as it was the American who ultimately won 7-6 (9) before grabbing the match-clinching second set 6-4. While the Canadian put up a valiant effort, the 6’9 Isner proved that he wasn’t just overpowering in appearance but in his game as well.
With the win, Isner moves on to tomorrow’s semi-final where he will face France’s Richard Gasquet, who defeated fellow American Mardy Fish earlier this evening.
So, the semi-final matchups are now set. In addition to John Isner versus Richard Gasquet, it will be #2 Novak Djokovic (who hung on to beat Germany’s Tommy Haas tonight) up against his countryman Janko Tipsaveric.
With the loss, the drought continues as it will now be 55 years since a Canadian last won the Rogers Cup. Again, Raonic put forth a great effort tonight but it just wasn’t his match as his opponent was simply too strong. So, while the hometown boy is out, there is still lots of great tennis to be played.