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Milos Raonic Triumphs At Inaugural Eisenhower Cup In Indian Wells

The Canadian has come out on top in the winner-takes-all event in California.



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Former Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic has won $150,000 in less than two hours at the Eisenhower Cup on Tuesday night.


The Canadian was one of eight players participating in the Tie Breaks Tens event, which is being played in Indian Wells for the first time in history. Unlike tradition tennis, matches are the first players to 10 points (with a winning margin of two or more points). Almost 8000 people turned up to watch the event, which also featured the likes of Rafael Nadal, Marin Cilic and Stan Wawrinka.

“I’m just grateful to be a part of this,” Raonic said during the evening.

Raonic’s path to victory saw him score wins over Gael Monfils (10-7) and Marin Cilic (10-3). In the final he took of three-time grand slam champion Wawrinka, who saved a match point before defeating Nadal earlier in the night. The Canadian prevailed 10-6 in the final.

Full results
MATCH ONE: Marin Cilic def. David Goffin [11-9]
MATCH TWO: Milos Raonic def. Gael Monfils [10-7]
MATCH THREE: Stan Wawrinka def. Dominic Thiem [10-5]
MATCH FOUR: Rafael Nadal def. Taylor Fritz [10-8]

SEMIFINAL ONE: Milos Raonic d. Marin Cilic [10-3]
SEMIFINAL TWO: Stan Wawrinka def. Rafael Nadal [13-11]

FINAL: Milos Raonic def. Stan Wawrinka [10-6]

Besides the tennis, the evening also raised more than $500,000 for four local charities – The Eisenhower Medical Center, Bighorn Golf Club Charities, Family YMCA of the Desert, and Patient Safety Movement Foundation. 100 percent of ticket sales for the event were donated to the charities.

“It’s always a pleasure to be able to give back to something you love,” quoted Cilic as saying. “For us, it’s a simple thing to entertain the crowd, hit the ball around and try to give our best. Out of those things, we can make something great. It’s a special night to help out in a charitable way, especially for this region.”

The event took place on the eve of the start of this year’s BNP Paribas Open. Novak Djokovic is the top seed in the men’s draw and Naomi Osaka is the top seed in the women’s. This year’s champion will win 1000 ranking points and $1,340,860 in prize money.

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Novak Djokovic is keeping the faith as he looks forward to a semi-final match with Diego Schwartzman in Rome.



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World number one Novak Djokovic is keeping the faith ahead of his Rome semi-final against Diego Schwartzman. 


The four-time champion survived a massive test late last night as he battled past Juan Martin Del Potro 4-6 7-6(6) 6-4 in just over three hours.

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In a short interview after his match Djokovic said that keeping faith was important in his quarter-final victory, I never lost faith I could come back to the match,” Djokovic explained.

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