August 9, 2013 by Parveer Mann
The 2013 Rogers Cup in Montreal has had a distinctly Canadian flavour so far. When five Canadian men made the second round, many were already claiming the week as one of the best in Canadian history.
Well, it got even better when both Vasek Pospisil and Milos Raonic secured a berth in the quarterfinals on Thursday (the first time two Canadians have done that since the 1980’s). The Canadian pair now has a weekend ahead of them that may change the path of their tennis futures.
What it means for Milos Raonic?
Well, the bracket is now wide open for him to make a run at his first Masters 1000 final. It would be a chance to get a ton of points and join Jerzy Janowicz as the only player of his age group to make a Masters series final. More importantly, he has the chance to do it at his home country event and start to overcome the 2013 struggles that had many talking out loud that the Canadian’s success had stalled.
What it means for Vasek Pospisil?
He has already achieved a career-best with his run to the quarterfinals. The win over Tomas Berdych is the biggest of his career and he is now one win away from being a top 40 player. That means he would get direct entry to every remaining tournament this year, something that seemed so farfetched at the start of the summer. He’ll have the crowd behind him when he takes on Davydenko (a veteran who also looks to return to the top 30) in the first match on Uniprix stadium.
What it means for the Canadian Davis Cup team this year?
The imminent future looks very promising on the international level for Canada. Having Vasek Pospisil playing some of the best tennis of his career combined with Victor Troicki’s suspension and Janko Tipsarevic’s poor play, means Canada has a shot against Serbia in the Davis Cup semis come September.
For now, Canada will intently be watching to see if their tennis double can go another step further in an already memorable week.