COUPE ROGERS 2013
Del Potro Comes Back From The Brink, Faces Raonic Next
by ATP Staff|
Two years after knocking out Rafael Nadal in the second round of the Coupe Rogers, Ivan Dodig nearly scored another big upset on Wednesday night in Montreal. The 35th-ranked Croatian had Juan Martin del Potro on the ropes, before the World No. 7 roared back to win 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.
Del Potro, who won the Citi Open title Sunday, rallied from double break down in the third set, drawing level as Dodig served for the match at 5-4. He broke Dodig at love in the final game, clinching the win after two hours and 18 minutes of play.
Del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion and Montreal finalist, sets up his first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting with top Canadian Milos Raonic, who recorded back-to-back wins for the first time since Roland Garros.
After prevailing against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy on Tuesday night in a 7-5 third set, the World No. 13 needed one hour and 13 minutes to defeat recent Gstaad champion Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 6-4 in the second round.
“It was quite a bit better,” Raonic said of his performance Wednesday. “Just a lot more fluid, a lot more within myself.”
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He lost just eight points on serve and capitalised on two of his four break points. “Today still I made a few errors in some critical situations where I wouldn't want to, but mostly I played clean,” he said. “I think keep working away, those little pieces come together better and those errors disappear.”
David Ferrer, playing at a career-high World No. 3 for the first time, bowed out in his second-round opener. In his first match since the Wimbledon quarter-finals (l. to del Potro), Ferrer lost to Russian qualifier Alex Bogomolov Jr. 6-2, 6-4.