Tennis dream team of Nadal and Djokovic lose to wildcards

The world's top two men's players slump to a shock defeat by a pair of wildcard Canadians in their Toronto Masters first round doubles match.

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TORONTO, CANADA // The world's top two men's players Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic slumped to a shock loss in their Toronto Masters first round doubles match to a pair of wildcard Canadians. Nadal and Djokovic took the first set 7-5 against the unheralded duo of Vasek Pospisil and Milos Raonic, but then lost the next two sets, 6-3, 10-8. The last time the World No 1 and 2 joined forces was 34 years ago when Jimmy Connors and Arthur Ashe paired up.

But the dream doubles team here did not produce the goods, as Pospisil, 20, and Raonic, 19, winning the final three games of the second set, and immediately gained control in the match tie-break by rolling out to a 4-0 lead. They earned four match points at 9-5, and after seeing Djokovic and Nadal erase three of those opportunities, finally succeeded in closing out the win in one hour and 34 minutes.

Pospisil and Raonic will face the Wimbledon champions and No 5 seeds Jurgen Melzer and Philipp Petzschner in the next round. * AFP