Raonic and Pospisil to meet in all-Canadian final
(Reuters) - Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil will meet in an all-Canadian final at the Citi Open in Washington on Sunday.
Second seed Raonic did not face a break point and used his dominating serve to beat unseeded American Donald Young 6-4 7-5 at the William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center in an afternoon match on Saturday.
Pospisil, the 13th seed, had to work much harder to get past France’s Richard Gasquet 6-7(5) 6-3 7-5 in an evening encounter that stretched for nearly two hours, 30 minutes.
It was a long day for Wimbledon doubles champion Pospisil, who had to return to the hardcourt early in the afternoon to play the third set of his quarter-final that was delayed by rain on Friday night.
He won that match 6-7(4) 6-3 6-4 against Colombian Santiago Giraldo, and also started his semi by losing a first set tiebreak to sixth seed Gasquet, before fighting back to prevail in a match that hung in the balance until almost the very end.
Pospisil trailed 0-3 in the third set before breaking his opponent twice.
Earlier, world number seven Raonic, in his first event since reaching the Wimbledon semi-finals, broke Young at the end of each set to advance to the 11th ATP final of his career, the first this year.
"I did the most important things,” the 23-year-old told reporters. “I took care of my serve. I thought he played really well and I just put that pressure on him in the final games of the set. It paid off.”
Raonic knows his country’s tennis fans will be watching the final closely. Continued...