There was some interesting tennis here at Montreal - Babblelot, I hope you enjoyed your time there
I couldn't watch the final. Although it seemed a foregone conclusion that Nadal would win, I expected Raonic to put up a better match in front of the home crowd.
Congratulations to RN. Yet again he returns from a leave of absence with determination, and from what I saw of him in the SF against Djokovic, he seems grounded & up for the challenge. With this win, he has served notice of intent and capability. Good stuff.
I watched the Raonic / Del Potro match. I'd have preferred MR to have conceded the point when he touched the net, but Layani was clear the point was his. So whilst technically, the umpire's discretion stands, I felt less than impressed with MR. Yet, it must be acknowledged that he played better than Del Potro, & this incident did not detract from that.
I enjoyed the Pospisil / Raonic SF. VP played his heart out & it was a wonderful effort by him. I like him & will keep an eye out for him. As for MR, he has improved his all court game, approaching the net a lot more. Perhaps appointing Llubicic will help develop his game further, but having watched his matches with Gulbis & Pospisil, I'm reminded that I find his game unexciting in comparison to say, Gulbis or Dimitrov.
The Djokovic / Nadal SF took place too late to watch live, & I watched it this morning. ND played a strange first set, seeming unsettled & generally unfocused, resulting in poor service games & unforced errors. The match picked up in sets two & three & both men some excellent, compelling tennis. Nadal played the tb with conviction. An excellent win over the world number one for him, rubber stamping a successful return to the tour.