Regardless of how they perform in the Citi Open 2014 Final later today, Vasek Pospisil and Milos Raonic have already entered the tennis history books. The two young players will compete in the first all-Canadian ATP World Tour final. Additionally, they’re only the second duo that was born in the 90s to face each other in an ATP final. They just missed out on another first here because, one day ago, David Goffin (23) and Dominic Thiem (20) battled in the Kitzbuehel final.
Second-seeded Raonic has been truly dominant at the Citi Open thus far, having not yet dropped a set in Washington D.C. His dominance could especially be seen against semifinals opponent Donald Young, as the Canadian hit 15 aces and won 91 percent of his service points in a 6-4, 7-5 victory. He now has a chance to win his sixth-career ATP title.
“It was good,” said Raonic. “I did the most important things. I took care of my serve. I thought he played really well and I just put that pressure on him in the final games of the set. It paid off. Obviously I want more. I think I have a much better understanding of what I need to bring out of myself, especially earlier in tournaments so I can do consistently well at each tournament and give myself the opportunity to get into the weekend stages.”
Ranked no. 7 in the world and boasting a strong 28-10 match record this year, Raonic is definitely the favorite heading into the historic all-Canadian final.
Pospisil, the 13th seed, had a more difficult path towards the final match. Richard Gasquet made Pospisil work for the victory, with the latter eventually winning 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-5. The closeness of the match could really be seen in service points, where Gasquet won 67 percent of his versus 68 percent won by Pospisil.
Now the 24-year-old, who’s ranked no. 36 in the world, is looking to topple his countryman and bring home the Citi Open title. “Personally, this is a first final for me so that’s great,” Pospisil said. “It’s more special that I am playing a Davis Cup teammate and a fellow Canadian. “This is great for tennis in Canada. I’ll try to do my best.”
The two play today at 3:00pm ET/12:00pm PST. So if you’re looking to do some Citi Open final betting, you should get your wagers in quick!