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Raonic Set For Top 10 Status After Pospisil Win

Montreal, Canada

Milos Raonic will crack the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings on Monday after edging fellow Canadian Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(4) Saturday to reach the Coupe Rogers final in Montreal. He is the first Canadian ever to join the elite Top 10 of men’s professional tennis.

In Sunday’s final, Raonic will attempt to become the first homegrown champion at the Canadian Masters since Robert Bedard in 1958 when he faces either World No. 1 Novak Djokovic or No. 4 Rafael Nadal

Raonic clinched a dramatic victory over Pospisil in two hours and 16 minutes. It was the first all-Canadian semi-final on the ATP World Tour since 1990 and the first time since 1969 that a Canadian had featured in the final four of the Coupe Rogers.

"No, they're all very special," Raonic said, referring to his accomplishments this week. "I think the Top 10 one stands out definitely more just because it's a goal that I set out this year. To be able to do it here in Montréal is pretty amazing. It's not even just for myself. Now I understand we have two Canadians that are beyond what the record was from before for highest ranked Canadian. I think that's just significant on its own. For me it's a very special day to at least get to a goal I set for myself earlier this year, which looked a little bit difficult after how I played recently. But to do it here in Montréal, it's a relief and it's a happy feeling.”

The 22-year-old Raonic is through to his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final and will look to win his fifth ATP World Tour title (4-3 finals record). He was victorious earlier in the year at the SAP Open in San Jose (d. Haas).

Both players had early break point opportunities in their first ATP World Tour meeting and it was Raonic who was finally able to convert, taking a 3-2 lead before closing out the first set. Pospisil found his range in the second set, though. He dropped just four points on serve and broke Raonic twice to level the match. 

Raonic was twice two points from victory in the 10th and 11th games of the deciding set, but each time Pospisil showed nerves of steel and forced a tie-break. Mini-breaks were repeatedly exchanged before Raonic got a handle on the tie-break with a 6-4 lead. He converted his first match point after forcing a volley error from the stranded Pospisil. 

The 23-year-old Pospisil is set to reach the Top 40 after his breakthrough run in Montreal. The right-hander built on his victory at last week’s Vancouver Challenger by beating John Isner and Tomas Berdych en route to his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final.

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