|Milos Raonic (right) shakes hands with Viktor Troicki after their Rogers Cup match in Toronto, Ont., Aug. 7, 2012. The two shared the court again Aug. 8, but this time as doubles partners. (MIKE CASSESE/Reuters)
TORONTO - No hard feelings, right Viktor?
A day after Canadian contender Milos Raonic eliminated Viktor Troicki in straight sets at the Rogers Cup, the two were back on the court again. Only this time they were on the same side of the net.
Awkward? Not according to Raonic.
"(Troicki) is a good friend, he's really a nice guy and I enjoy playing with him," Raonic said after beating his Serbian buddy. "Doesn't matter ... if we play in 10 weeks or 10 minutes. If we had to play right now, it would be fine."
Good call, Milos.
Raonic and Troicki advanced Wednesday to the second round of the men's doubles draw with a 7-5, 2-6, 10-8 win over American Mardy Fish and former world No. 1 Mark Knowles of the Bahamas, Daniel Nestor's ex-partner. They'll play fifth-seeded Jurgen Melzer of Austria and Leander Paes of India in the second round.
Putting a few extra doubles bucks in Troicki's pocket probably would help ease his pain of being bounces from the singles, too.