Novak and Delpo being super cute at the trophy ceremony
Canada sent two homegrown players to the Rogers Cup quarterfinals for the first time since 1989 on Thursday, but the landmark day was marred by Milos Raonic’s controversial 7-5, 6-4 win over Juan Martin Del Potro.
With Del Potro up a break in the second set and serving at 4-3 deuce, Raonic ran up to put away a short ball when his left foot slipped and touched the net right as the ball bounced. Chair umpire Mohammed Lahyani did not see the touch and awarded the point to Raonic, thus giving him break point. Del Potro protested after the replay and Lahyani admitted that he was wrong, but refused to overturn the call. Raonic broke on the next point and held at love.
At the changeover, Del Potro continued arguing with Lahyani to no avail.
"I missed it," Lahyani said. "I have to see two things. I have to follow where the ball bounced. … I have to see both things. … It’s a human mistake. At least I’m honest."
"I understand that, but I didn’t make a mistake and I lost the point," Del Potro said.
Delpo did not win another point after net-gate. Raonic broke the Argentine at love to join countryman Vasek Pospisil in the quarterfinals. Afterward, the usually soft-spoken and low-key Del Potro expressed his disappointment — seemingly directed at Raonic — on Twitter.