Anybody who tells you they saw this coming is plainly and simply a liar.
For the first time since 1958, there will be a Canadian man in the final of the country's national tennis open. Even in Tennis Canada's wildest dreams, it likely didn't foresee this possibility.
Thanks to a bit of luck and a lot of tough-minded tennis, Canadians Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil will play in the semifinal of the Rogers Cup on Saturday. That assures a Canadian presence in the final for the first time since Robert Bedard won the event (then called the Canadian Open) in 1958. In fact, the last time a Canadian man made it even as far as the semifinals was in 1969 when Mike Belkin did it.
While he wouldn't admit to predicting this possibility, former Canadian pro Grant Connell says it shouldn't come as a total surprise.
"I think that we as Canadian tennis players and the tennis community should expect these sort of results from our players," said Connell, who joined Andrew Sznajder as the last Canadian menRead More »from Oh Canada! There will be a homegrown player in Rogers Cup final