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Pospisil Stuns Isner; Raonic Leads Five Canadians Into R2

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Pospisil© Getty ImagesVasek Pospisil edged John Isner to reach the second round.

Canadian wild card Vasek Pospisil recorded the biggest win of his career as he stunned in-form American John Isner 5-7, 7-6(5), 7-6(4) on Tuesday in the first round of the Coupe Rogers in Montreal.

The 23-year-old Pospisil has himself enjoyed good form of late, reaching his first ATP World Tour semi-final at the Claro Open Colombia (l. to Falla) and jumping to a career-high World No. 71 in the Emirates ATP Rankings after winning the Vancouver Challenger title last week (d. Evans).

The No. 20-ranked Isner, the Emirates Airline US Open Series leader, had won 11 of his past 14 matches and came into the contest with a 28-9 record in tie-breaks this season. The American, who had reached the finals in Atlanta (d. Anderson) and Washington (l. to del Potro) the past two weeks, led 4-2 in the deciding set, before being pegged back by the gritty Pospisil. The Canadian then won five points in a row from 2-4 down in the tie-break to claim victory in two hours and 32 minutes.

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World No. 169 Frank Dancevic of Canada scored his first ATP World Tour win of the season with a 5-7, 7-6(6), 6-1 victory over Yen-Hsun Lu. With Filip Peliwo’s earlier victory over Jarkko Nieminen and Jesse Levine’s first-round win on Monday, it means there are four Canadians through to the second round of this tournament for the first time since 1992.

"[It] shows a lot in how far Canadian tennis has come along," said Dancevic. "It's really great to see. It's been showing up more and more in all the tournaments, all the Grand Slams. There's just more and more of us starting to go through."

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The country's top player, Milos Raonic, became the fifth to reach the second round when he prevailed against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 during the evening session. Raonic broke Chardy in the final game to claim the two hour, nine-minute victory.

He stated that he didn't feel extra pressure, despite the success of the other Canadians earlier in the day. "I'm very proud and happy for the guys that have been winning today and yesterday," he said. "It's really great to see. But it doesn't affect myself personally. I got to take care of my business for myself."

The World No. 13 will look to record back-to-back wins for the first time since Roland Garros when he next faces Mikhail Youzhny. The Russian, who captured the Gstaad title two weeks ago (d. Haase), extended his winning streak to six matches after defeating Austrian Jurgen Melzer 6-4, 7-6(3).

Fabio Fognini, the No. 13 seed, overcame a slow start to beat Marcos Baghdatis 1-6, 6-1, 6-1. The Italian is looking to transfer his recent hot form on clay to hard courts. Since Wimbledon, the Italian has reached three successive ATP World Tour finals, winning his first two titles in Stuttgart (d. Kohlschreiber) and Hamburg (d. Delbonis) and finishing runner-up in Umag (l. to Robredo). He goes on to play Ernests Gulbis.

PolesPoles Open Montreal Campaign
‘Polish Power’ Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski opened their campaign with a 7-6(6), 6-2 victory over Benoit Paire and Stanislas Wawrinka. The Poles are chasing their second ATP World Tour title of the season, following victory three weeks ago in Hamburg (d. Peya/Soares). They have never advanced beyond the quarter-finals in Canada.

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