It was not the result many fans were hoping for when they arrived on-site at Rogers Cup presented by National Bank on Friday evening, after hometown hero Milos Raonic fell in three sets to Spaniard Feliciano Lopez.
After taking the first set, Lopez could not come through during a second-set tiebreaker as Raonic forced a deciding set. Then in the third set, Lopez faced nine break points but did not allow Raonic to take advantage of any and wrapped up the match 6-4, 7-6(5), 6-3.
Lopez had already knocked off No. 14 seed Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round and then took down No. 4 Tomas Berdych to reach the quarter-finals against Raonic. He will now hope to continue that trend when he goes up against No. 2 Roger Federer on Saturday in his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semifinal since 2011 in Shanghai. Before this result, the Spaniard’s best showing at Rogers Cup came back in 2003 when he made the quarter-finals.
Lopez and Federer have played each other 10 times in their careers, with the Swiss star never dropping a match. The closest the Spaniard came to winning was in 2011 at the Masters 1000 event in Madrid, where each set went to a tiebreaker before the final score ended 7-6(13), 6-7(1), 7-6(7) to Federer’s advantage.
To his credit, Federer, who was celebrating his 33rd birthday on Friday night, collected a three-set 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victory over No. 5 seed David Ferrer. The win moves his record against the Spaniard to an incredible 15-0.