Canadians Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil are on a historical collision course at the Citi Open tennis tournament.
With the two Canadians situated at the opposite ends of the draw, the possibility exists that they could face each other in the finals this weekend. It's believed that would mark the first time in modern history that two Canadians will square off in the finals of an ATP Tour event.
Plenty of hurdles remain before that happens.
Raonic, the No. 2 seed from Thornhill, Ont., faces Steve Johnson in the quarter-finals Friday night after beating Australian Lleyton Hewitt 7-6 (1), 7-6 (3), on Thursday. Johnson has knocked off both the fifth and ninth seeded players to get to this point. The match will mark the first ever meeting between the two. Looking ahead, Raonic faces a possible semi-final matchup against either Donald Young or Kevin Anderson. The hard serving Raonic has never faced Young but in Anderson, there is some unfinished business there. The seventh-seeded American knocked Raonic out of the French Open in 2013.
Pospisil, who teamed up with American Jack Sock to win this year’s Wimbledon men’s doubles crown, booked his place in the last eight with a straight sets win oer top seed Tomas Berdych, 6-2 6-4. Pospisil, the 13th seed from Vernon, B.C., meets Santiago Giraldo from Colombia in the quarter-finals in a first ever meeting between the two. Both Pospisil and Giraldo have yet to drop a set in their two matches heading into this encounter.
Projecting forward, Pospisil could face either Kei Nishikori of Japan or Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the semi-finals. While Pospisil has never faced Nishikori, he has beaten Gasquet in their only meeting this year back in Shanghai at a Masters 1000 series tournament.
It was almost a year ago at this time that Pospisil and Raonic faced each other in the semi-finals at the Rogers Cup with Raonic winning in three hard fougth sets. That made him the first Canadian to reach the finals of the Canadian Open since 1958.
Pospisil is still searching for his first career ATP Tour title while Raonic has six wins under his belt.
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