National Bank Open Presented by Rogers 2022: Daily updates & results
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Get the latest news and results from Britain's tennis stars at the National Bank Open Presented by Rogers in Toronto and Montreal.
- Neal Skupski & Wesley Koolhof win second ATP Masters title - defeating Dan Evans & John Peers 6-2, 4-6, 10-6
- Evans was defeated by world No.23 Pablo Carreno Busta 7-5, 6-7(7), 6-2 in the semi-finals
- Jack Draper lost his Masters quarter-final debut against Pablo Carreno Busta 7-6(4), 6-1
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- WTA draws & results
Day seven - Skupski and Koolhof lift sixth title of the season
Neal Skupski and Wesley Koolhof keep the titles rolling this season as they added a sixth trophy to the cabinet at the National Bank Open.
The British, Dutch duo defeated Dan Evans and John Peers in a gripping match tie-break 6-2, 4-6, 10-6 to bag their second ATP 1000 title of the season.
A dominant first set from the third seeds saw them break the British, Australian team in both the third and fifth games, which they backed up with 100% points won (10/10) off the first serve.
Evans and Peers – who knocked out both the fifth and second seeds on their way to the final – battled hard in the second set to level the scores and despite losing a break advantage, eventually got their reward, setting up a tense match tie-break decider.
Staying cool calm and collected, Skupski and Koolhof raced to a 7-2 lead in the tie-break and were able to hold off their opponents from there – extending their finals record this season to 6-2.
"We've been together seven or eight months now, but it's really going well," said Skupski. "I love being on the court with Wes, it's been a good partnership so far. Hopefully we can just keep working, progressing. It seems like we're going to be able to go to Turin eventually and we're looking forward to it.
"We played a lot last year on the doubles tour and I learnt a lot from Dan, especially from his competitiveness, it’s incredible. I wouldn’t be here without his input from last year."
The victory sees the pair retain their place at the top of the Race to the Nitto ATP Finals and Skupski jumps one place in the rankings to world No.4.
Evans finishes as runner-up in a Masters doubles final for a third time off the back of a brilliant week for the British No.2, having also reached the semi-finals of the singles.
Dan Evans lost out in a tight semi-final against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta at the National Bank Open in Montreal but will still have a shot at silverware with a guaranteed British champion in the men’s doubles.
Playing for the chance to reach his first Masters final, Evans fell just short against the world No.23 7-5, 6-7(7), 6-2 in a three-hour battle.
Evans had to dig deep in the second set to save match point in the tie-break to level the score at one set apiece, but back-to-back breaks at the end of the second set, sealed the victory for the Spaniard.
A stellar week for Evans has seen him rise 16 places in the live rankings to world No.23 – leaving him in good stead ahead of the Western & Southern Open next week and the US Open at the end of the month.
Evans isn’t finished in Montreal just yet, having reached the final of the doubles with Australia’s John Peers. The Brit returned to court after his singles epic to defeat Hubert Hurkacz and Jan Zielinski 7-5, 4-6, 10-4.
Sunday will mark Evans’s third ATP 1000 doubles final – having finished runner-up in Monte Carlo and Miami last year with Neal Skupski.
This time however, Skupski will be on the other side of the net, as he and Wesley Koolhof edged past German duo Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies 3-6, 6-2, 10-8.
After a shaky start to the match – losing their opening service game in the first set – the British, Dutch team took control of the match. They broke twice at the backend if the second set and proved clinical in the deciding tie-break, progressing to the final on their second match point.
This will be Skupski and Koolhof’s eighth ATP final and third Masters of the season – having won the Madrid Masters earlier in the year.
Dan Evans’s Montreal dream continues as the British No.2 booked his place in both the singles and doubles semi-finals at the National Bank Open. However, it wasn’t to be for Jack Draper, who bowed out in his first ATP Masters quarter-final.
Evans came back from a set down to beat world No.34 Tommy Paul 1-6, 6-3, 6-4. The win sees the 32-year-old through to his second career ATP 1000 semi-final and should see him rise back into the top 25 once again next week.
After a difficult first set, which saw the American win the last five consecutive games, Evans showed great resilience to save a break point in the opening game of the second and take command of the match.
The biggest improvement in his game came on serve – with Evans’s first serve win percentage jumping by almost 30% in the second and third sets. The Brit proved clinical in the final two sets, breaking on his second opportunity in both sets to cap off an inspired performance.
Evans will take on Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta for a place in Sunday’s final after the Spaniard defeated Draper 7-6(4), 6-1.
Formerly a top 10 player, Carreno Busta brought an end to Draper’s five match winning streak, with the British star having battled through qualifying to make his Masters quarter-final debut.
Draper showed great strength to come back from a break down in the opening set to level the scores with the Spaniard serving for the lead at 5-4. However, Carreno Busta just had the edge in the tie-break and went on to break the Brit three times in the second.
His fantastic week in Montreal should see Draper jump from world No.81 to around 55 in the rankings.
Evans’s success extended beyond the singles draw as he and Australian partner John Peers caused yet another upset against second seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos 7-6(3), 7-6(3).
Without a single break of serve throughout the match, Evans and Peers proved the better team in the pivotal moments – winning the last three points in the opening set and four in the second. Evans and Peers – who have taken out the fifth and second seeds already – move on to face Hubert Hurkacz and Jan Zielinski in the semi-finals.
Skupski and Koolhof came back from 7-2 down in the match tie-break to secure a semi-final clash against Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies.
This is only the second time that two British men have reached the quarter-finals at an ATP Masters event – the last occasion coming in Cincinnati in 2001 (Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski).
Evans is through to his second career ATP 1000 quarter-final after defeating 10th seed Taylor Fritz for the second time in two weeks 7-6(5), 1-6, 7-5.
An inspired performance from the Brit saw him come back from 3-0 down in the opening set, while also keeping his composure to see out the decider, after Fritz broke back with Evans serving for the match at 5-4. The 32-year-old proved particularly effective at the net, commanding 74% of points (26/35) when he came in to volley against the young American.
Evans will now move on to play Tommy Paul in the final eight – the two have played each other once in 2018 in Vancouver qualifying where Evans came through in a three-set battle.
Joining him in the quarter-finals is 20-year-old Draper – who is into the latter stages of the ATP Masters tournament for the first time in his career. Draper progresses after 17th seed Gael Monfils was forced to retire in the third round with the Brit leading 6-2, 0-2.
His next match will come against world No.23 Pablo Carreno-Busta. If he and Evans both win, they will play each other in an all-British semi-final.
However, it wasn’t to be for Norrie, whose strong run of performances came to an end in a tough 6-3, 6-4 loss to sixth seed Felix Auger-Aliassime.
Neal Skupski and Wesley Koolhof are set to face fellow Brit Lloyd Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara in the quarter-finals. The third seeds continued their excellent form on the season – which has seen them lift five titles – with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Norrie and Alex De Minaur.
Meanwhile, Hamburg champions Glasspool and Heliovaara put in an impressive performance to knock out experienced doubles pair Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-4.
Completing the British line-up in the men’s doubles draw is Evans – who is one of two players left in both draws (with Hubert Hurkacz). Evans and Australian partner John Peers pulled off a upset against fifth seeds and Wimbledon runners-up Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic 2-6, 6-3, 14-12 to set up a clash with second seeds Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos.
There was a shock loss however for top seeds Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram, who were defeated by Ariel Behar and Gonzalo Escobar 6-4, 7-6(3).
20-year-old Draper secured the biggest win of his career to date – defeating third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-5, 7-6(4).
The young Brit put in a sterling against the world No.5, breaking the Greek star three times in the match and conceding half the unforced errors of his opponent. The win marks Draper’s first top 10 win of his career.
Draper – who is set to break into the top 65 next week – will take on 17th seed Gael Monfils in the third round.
British No.2 Evans also made headlines yesterday in defeating fifth seed Andrey Rublev 6-4, 6-4 to mark his fifth career win over a top 10 player. The 32-year-old will now move on to face 10th seed Taylor Fritz in the next round, who he beat only a week ago at the Citi Open.
Norrie completed the British trio sailing into day four in Montreal, with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over cinch Championships semi-finalist Botic Van De Zandschlup.
The world No.11 continues his strong vein of form that saw him reach the final in Los Cabos last week and will be looking to continue his campaign in Canada against home favourite Felix Auger-Aliassime. Norrie recorded his first win over the ninth seed last week, coming through an epic three set clash.
Lloyd Glasspool and Norrie both made winning starts in National Bank Open men's doubles draws on wednesaday. Hamburg champions Glasspool and Harri Heliovaara knocked out Ivan Dodig and Austin Krajicek 6-4, 6-2 in the first round to set up a clash with Italian duo Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini.
Norrie teamed up with Australian Alex De Minaur to beat Argentinian duo Francisco Cerundolo and Diego Schwartzman 7-5, 6-0. In the second round they will play third seeds Neal Skupski and Wesley Koolhof.
Three Brits have made it through to the second round at the National Bank Open as Cam Norrie, Dan Evans and Jack Draper all secured opening victories. However, it wasn't to be for Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray who bowed out in difficult first round draws.
Off the back of a final appearance in Los Cabos last week, ninth seed Norrie knocked out Brandon Nakashima 6-4, 6-4. Norrie cruised through without facing a single break point and only dropping eight points on serve to set up a second round clash with Botic Van De Zandschlup.
Evans came through a tough first round against cinch Championships finalist Filip Krajinovic 6-2, 1-6, 6-0. The win marks Evans' second career win at the Canadian Masters building on his 2019 victory over Alex De Minaur.
The matches don't get any easier for the British No.2, who will take on fifth seed Andrey Rublev in the next round - Rublev currently leads the head-to-head 4-3.
Returning to court a set up after rain delays on day one, Draper completed his first Montreal win over Hugo Gaston 6-2, 6-3. A dominant performance from the 20-year-old saw him blast 25 winners past the Frenchman and save 80% of break points faced.
His next challenge is third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, who had a bye into the second round.
Raducanu lost out to reigning champion and world No.29 Camila Giorgi 7-6(0), 6-2. Meanwhile Murray was defeated by Rothesay International Eastbourne champion and tenth seed Taylor Fritz 6-1, 6-3.
Both players will turn their attention to the Western and Southern Open next week.
Jack Draper got the action underway for the Brits in the National Bank Open in Montreal, but only managed a set and a half as rain disrupted play on day one.
The 20-year-old Brit will return to court on Tuesday leading world No.76 Hugo Gaston 6-2, 2-3, with the Frenchman holding break point at 30-40 on Draper’s serve.
Having come through qualifiers to the loss of just four games, Draper is going in search of his third ATP 1000 win – having picked up victories in Miami and Madrid earlier this year.
Over in Toronto, Emma Raducanu will begin her campaign against reigning National Bank Open champion Camila Giorgi.
There was an early upset for Evans and Australian partner John Peers who knocked out fellow Brit and two-time Grand Slam champions Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares 4-6, 6-3, 10-5.
They will face either fifth seeds Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic or French duo Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin.