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Gulbis Ends Murray Streak; Raonic Ousts Del Potro

Montreal, Canada

Ernests Gulbis shocked No. 2 seed Andy Murray in the third round of the Coupe Rogers 6-4, 6-3, snapping the Wimbledon champion’s 13-match winning streak. It was his first victory over Murray in six meetings. The Scot had not lost an ATP World Tour match since Rome, in May.

Gulbis secured an early break of serve in the second set, but Murray was able to immediately break back for 3-2 with a stunning cross-court backhand passing shot. The two-time Canada Masters champion (2009-10) was later broken again, for 5-3, and was unable to stave off the 38th-ranked Latvian.

Gulbis was very pensive in his press conference, following the match. “Better keep your expectations low, enjoy the moment. Be okay, be satisfied. But you have to keep on going. That's where young players make a lot of mistakes. That's what I did also…Day in, day out, it's like going to a office. If you win, great. If you did good work, you can reap the rewards.”

“I'm feeling better. I'm feeling fitter, faster, more confident with my strokes,” Gulbis added. “I just tried not to show any weakness."

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With the win, Gulbis advances to his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarter-final in more than three years, since reaching the quarter-finals in Madrid in 2010. It will be his second quarter-final of the year, having won the title in Delray Beach in February. 

Gulbis will next face Milos Raonic in the quarter-finals, after the Canadian prevailed 7-5, 6-4 in a highly anticipated third-round duel with Juan Martin del Potro. Raonic fired 12 aces and managed to break the Argentine’s serve five times, including a deciding break to love to clinch the victory.

The World No. 13 is into the quarter-finals at his home Masters 1000 for the second consecutive year as he seeks his first semi-final at the level. This will be Raonic’s third ATP World Tour quarter-final of the year, having advanced as far in both San Jose and Barcelona.

Discussing his hard-court resurgence Raonic said, "I wouldn't necessarily call them distractions, but there were a lot of things on my mind at certain parts of the year. I think I've sort of found peace within all of that. I've been able to focus on my tennis and get that together."

Raonic enters his match-up with Gulbis having won not relinquished a set in three previous encounters. 

PospisilFellow Canadian Vasek Pospisil’s breakthrough run on home soil continued, as he reached his first Masters 1000 quarter-final with his first win over a Top 10 opponent. The 23-year-old British Colombia native fired 20 aces in a 7-5, 2-6, 7-6(5) victory over World No. 6 Tomas Berdych, prevailing after two hours and 37 minutes.

"I don't really know what's going on now," said an emotional Pospisil. "Right now it's okay. It was pretty emotional, I mean, just the hard work that I've put in. I mean, to have my first top 10 win here, in front of that crowd, was extremely emotional. I was having difficulty controlling it...I have an opportunity tomorrow that I don't want to pass up. I'll prepare well for it, go out there, give it my best. Now I have tomorrow to look forward to."

He will next face former World No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko in the quarter-finals, who won an all-Russian affair with qualifier Alex Bogomolov, Jr. 6-4, 6-3.

With Pospisil and Raonic in the quarter-finals, it marks the first time since 1989 two Canadians advanced as far at the tournament.

Pospisil had come to Montreal at a career-high No. 71 in the Emirates ATP Rankings. He advanced to his first tour-level semi-final last month at the Claro Open Colombia, and captured the ATP Challenger title in Vancouver on Sunday. He knocked out two former Top 10 players, Emirates Airline US Open Series leader John Isner and Czech Radek Stepanek, in the first two rounds.

“He's really on a roll,” said Berdych. “He's just going really well… It's nice that another young kid is coming up. He has a really good game to break through.”

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