Milos Raonic opens 2018 Wimbledon with a win

Milos Raonic (Daniel J. Cooper Wikipedia Commons)

Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ontario has won his first round match of Wimbledon with a convincing three set win over Liam Broady of Great Britain. It was a dominant straight set win for Raonic, who has had an injury-plagued 2018 season.

Raonic beat Broady 7-5, 6-0, 6-1. In the last two sets, one could argue that it was the most complete type of play Raonic has ever produced at a grand slam.

Raonic had seven double faults, but when you have 15 more aces than your opponent in a straight set win, you can live with seven double faults. However where Raonic looked very impressive on the grass is when he was not serving. He won six break point opportunities, including a key game at the end of the first set.

In other Canadian tennis news on Monday, Peter Polansky of Toronto, Ontario reached a grand slam as a lucky loser for the third time this year. However, for the third time, Polansky lost in the first round. Even though Polansky was making his Wimbledon debut, he should be disappointed with his performance. He was outplayed significantly by Dennis Novak of Austria, a player who is ranked 177th in the world, and a player who won his first match ever at a grand slam tournament on Monday. Novak dominated Polansky with a 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 win.

On Tuesday, three Canadians will be in singles action. The 26th seed Denis Shapovalov of Vaughan, Ontario will play 2013 Australian Open quarterfinalist Jeremy Chardy of France. Vasek Pospisil of Vernon, British Columbia will play Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan and in women’s action Eugenie Bouchard of Montreal will play Gabriella Taylor of Great Britain.


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