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Canadian Wild Cards Defeat Djokovic-Nadal

Pospisil, Raonic, Djokovic, Nadal© Getty ImagesVasek Pospisil and Milos Raonic earn a memorable first win over Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

Canadian wild cards Vasek Pospisil and Milos Raonic made a memorable ATP World Tour debut, overcoming the world's top two singles players, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, 5-7, 6-3, 10-8 on Monday night at the Rogers Cup in Toronto.

Pospisil and Raonic won the final three games of the second set, and immediately gained control in the Match Tie-break by rolling out to a 4-0 lead. They earned four match points at 9-5, and after seeing Djokovic and Nadal erase three of those opportunities, finally succeeded in closing out the win in one hour and 34 minutes.

Djokovic and Nadal were making their partnership debut, marking the first time in more than 30 years that the top two players in the South African Airways ATP Rankings were teaming up in doubles action. World No. 1 Jimmy Connors and No. 2 Arthur Ashe played together in 1976, reaching the quarter-finals in North Conway and the final in Washington.

The 20-year-old Pospisil and 19-year-old Raonic will next face Wimbledon champions and No. 5 seeds Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner.

Two other Top 10 singles player, World No. 4 Andy Murray and No. 5 Robin Soderling, also bowed out in his first-round doubles matches at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament.

Murray and fellow Briton Ross Hutchins lost to Philipp Kohlschreiber and Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-2, while Soderling and Jarkko Nieminen fell to Julien Benneteau and Michael Llodra 6-3, 7-5.

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