Canadian Schnur advances to main draw at Rogers Cup

Brayden Schnur (Canadian) beat Australian Matthew Ebden on Day 1 at the Rogers Cup at the Rexall...

Brayden Schnur (Canadian) beat Australian Matthew Ebden on Day 1 at the Rogers Cup at the Rexall Centre in Toronto, Ont. on Saturday August 2, 2014. (Stan Behal/Toronto Sun/QMI Agency)

IAN SHANTZ, QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 4:13 PM ET

Canadian Brayden Schnur wasn't ready to go home.

So he strung together his second improbable win in as many days and now the 19-year-old from Pickering, Ont. is into the main draw at the Rogers Cup.

Not bad for his first time competing in an ATP event.

Schnur will join fellow Canadians Milos Raonic, Vasek Pospisil, Peter Polansky and Frank Dancevic on the main draw after dispatching Yuichi Sugita of Japan on Sunday afternoon, winning the qualifying match 7-5, 6-2.

Schnur, ranked 609th in the world, wasn't deterred against the more experienced Sugita, a 25-year-old who is ranked 131st, reeling off nine aces to his opponent's three while breaking Sugita four times and saving a break.

"I've gained a lot of confidence. I feel like I can play with these guys, for sure. I'm just going to enjoy the moment," said Schnur, who upset 94th-ranked Matthew Ebden of Australia in his Saturday qualifier.

"Today I was definitely more relaxed on the court than the previous day," added Schnur, who came in with two Challenger events on his resume. "And it helps to come out firing right away, which I did. I got up an early break ... I jumped on him pretty early, which is nice."

Few people would have known much about Schnur prior to this weekend, but his performance on home turf is quickly changing that.

"There's a lot of people who come to this event, especially this year, and I think there's going to be a lot more people because of Milos and Vasek and what they've done for tennis in Canada," Schnur said. "I feel like I've gone under the radar this far. We'll see how many people get to know my name."

Schnur's opponent in the opening round is yet to be determined.

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