Raonic, Pospisil move on at Indian Wells

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Raonic, Pospisil move on at Indian Wells

Canada once more turns to Milos Raonic for its tennis fix and the man delivered again at Indian Wells, California on Tuesday.

Tennis Canada’s Raonic beat Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 on his side of the draw that includes potential matchups against Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals and Roger Federer in the semis should Raonic continue to advance.


The tournament at Indian Wells is an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event. It is among the most prestigious outside of the four Grand Slam tourneys and the World Tour Finals.

Milos Raonic - 2014 Rogers Cup quarterfinals

Milos Raonic – 2014 Rogers Cup quarterfinals

Raonic’s next opponent is Spain’s Tommy Robredo, who pulled off a three-set upset over 11th seed Grigor Dimitrov on Tuesday. Robredo holds down the17th seed in California, Raonic is seeded sixth. The match is scheduled to take place on Wednesday.

More good news for Canadian tennis came from this month’s Davis Cup hero Vasek Pospisil. Ousted by the resurgent Andy Murray in the singles draw, Pospisil’s reunion with his Wimbledon doubles-winning partner Jack Sock has yielded two wins, but they’re now set to meet the top doubles duo on the planet, the Bryan brothers Bob and Mike in the quarterfinals.

Vasek Pospisil left shakes hands with Andy Murray at the net after their singles match at Indian Well, California in March 2015.

Vasek Pospisil left shakes hands with Andy Murray at the net after their singles match at Indian Well, California in March 2015.

The news isn’t so good on the women’s side of the draw, however. Eugenie Bouchard was pushed out in the fourth round by Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine, who had to play through qualifiers for a place in the main draw, but is making the most of it. On Tuesday Tsurenko bounced back from losing the first set in a tiebreak to take the match 6-7 (7-5), 7-5, 6-4.

Earlier in the tourney, Gabriela Dabrowski lost a doubles match in the first round with Polish partner Alicja Rosolska.

Finally, away from the spotlight of major tournaments, a young Canadian named Félix Auger-Aliassime made some tennis history. The 14-year old, who qualified for the main draw of a Challenger tournament in Drummondville against professionals, had to pull out due to injury, but not before making himself known to the ATP.

Via #ATP: Auger-Aliassime is the youngest player ever to qualify for a Challenger & is the 1st player born in the 2000s on the rankings.

— Tennis Canada (@Tennis_Canada) March 17, 2015

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