Milos Raonic, who has fallen from No. 3 to No. 30 due to numerous injuries the past season, used his powerful serve to his advantage, firing 13 aces to Goffin’s two and won 100 percent of his first serves.
Canada’s Milos Raonic got off to a strong start at the Rogers Cup, beating David Goffin of Belgium 6-3, 6-4 on Monday.
Raonic, who has fallen from No. 3 to No. 30 due to numerous injuries the past season _ including a quad tear at Wimbledon last month _ used his powerful serve to his advantage, firing 13 aces to Goffin’s two and won 100 percent of his first serves.
“I think I can still serve much better, I don’t think I served particularly well,” Raonic said. “So I’ll take the time to work on some things tomorrow but overall it was a good performance. Mentally I was in the right state of mind the whole way through and I was very disciplined with myself.”
He will next play the winner of a match between American Frances Tiafoe and Italy’s Marco Cecchinato.
Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev upset 13th-seeded American Jack Sock 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in another first round match on a day play was interrupted for three hours due to rain.
In doubles, Novak Djokovic and Kevin Anderson defeated Canadian teens Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-3, 6-2.
Shapovalov and Auger-Aliassime started the match strong before Djokovic and Anderson took control. They broke Anderson’s serve for a 2-0 lead, to the delight of a tightly packed grandstand crowd. However, the Wimbledon finalists team _ nicknamed Djokerson thanks to a Twitter poll conducted by Djokovic earlier in the day _ broke back to tie the match 2-2, and again to go up 5-3.
Anderson and Djokovic won five straight games, going up two breaks, to win the second set. “Our game was there, we didn’t feel intimidated at all,” the 19-year-old Shapovalov said.
“Just to have a chance to play with these guys is already good,” added Auger-Aliassime, who won’t turn 18 until later this week.
In other singles matches, American Bradley Klahn topped Spain’s David Ferrer 7-6, 6-4; Pierre-Hughes Herbert of France got past Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 4-6, 6-3, 6-4; Benoit Paire of France defeated Jared Donaldson 6-3, 6-4; Ilya Ivashka of Belarus beat Yuichi Sugita of Japan 6-2, 6-3; and Borna Coric of Croatia was a 6-4, 6-3 winner over Canadian Vasek Pospisil in the late match on center court.
Also, 30-year-old Canadian Peter Polansky, a wild card entry playing in the morning draw, defeated Matthew Ebden of Australia 7-6 (3), 6-4. He will play the winner of a match between Djokovic and Hyeon Chung of South Korea in the second round.