#NextGenATP Tiafoe Takes Down Raonic In Toronto
Frances Tiafoe played Canadian spoiler to reach the third round of the Rogers Cup for the first time on Wednesday. The #NextGenATP American overcame two rain delays and the home crowd’s charge, Milos Raonic, 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-1 to book a showdown with No. 5 seed Grigor Dimitrov.
The 20-year-old won his maiden ATP World Tour title at the Delray Beach Open in February and improved his record to 24-14 at tour-level this season with victory over Raonic. The Maryland native has now reached the Round of 16 at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level on three occasions, most recently at the Miami Open presented by Itau in March. He will be gunning for a place in his first Masters 1000 quarter-final.
Raonic, who was coming off a win over No. 10 seed David Goffin in the first round, falls to 21-9 this season after the three-set defeat. The MercedesCup finalist, No. 27 in the ATP Rankings, has reached at least one-tour level final in each of the past eight ATP World Tour seasons, including his first Masters 1000 final at the Rogers Cup final in 2013.
“I think he was mixing up his serve better, especially there towards the end,” the former World No. 3 said. “And he was also putting in more returns. But I started putting more returns in there towards the end even before the rain delay in the second set. But I definitely didn't do the thing I need to, and that's take care of my serve in the third.”
Did You Know?
Frances Tiafoe forgot to sign up for the Delray Beach Open where he won his first tour-level title. The 20-year-old received a wild card and became the youngest American tour-level titlist since Andy Roddick's 2002 triumph in Houston at the age of 19.