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Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal: The Un-Dream Team?

When we heard that world no. 1 Rafael Nadal and world no. 2 Novak Djokovic planned to play doubles together at the Rogers Cup, we wondered what small amount of time it would take for them to blast through the draw to the finals. We wondered whether they would color-coordinate their clothes. (They did not.) We even wondered why two fierce rivals would offer each other intimate access to each other’s games. But at no point in time did we think that they would lose … to a pair of unranked, wildcard Canadians (Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil), 5-7, 6-3, 10-8.

Let’s call this one our Un-“Match of the Day.”

According to Wikipedia, Milos Raonic (age 19) has a career-high singles ranking of 209 and his current doubles ranking is 492; Vasek Pospisil (age 20) has a current singles ranking of 329 and a doubles ranking of 178.

By defeating this historic pairing – after all, this is believed to be the first pairing of the world Nos. 1 and 2 time since Jimmy Connors and Arthur Ashe played doubles together in 1976 – Raonic and Pospisil prove beyond a reasonable doubt that any player can win on any given day … and give hope to wildcards and qualifiers everywhere.

(Photo: AFP)


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