Two Canadians have already advanced into the second round of Rogers Cup presented by National Bank, as Peter Polansky and Steven Diez earned early wins on Monday afternooon.
Polansky of Thornhill, Ont. overcame a tough first set to sail to a 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 victory versus Tim Smyczek of the United States. Polansky won five of the six break points he had against his American opponent to clinch the win in just under 90 minutes of play. He is into the second round at Rogers Cup for the fourth time in his career.
The pair had met several times on the Challenger circuit, with Smyczek holding the 2-1 record over Polansky. However, today’s win sees the 28-year-old Canuck take the 1-0 advantage after their first meeting on the ATP World Tour. Polansky faces either Radek Stepanek of Czech Republic or France’s Benoit Paire in the second round.
Earlier in the day, Diez defeated world No. 84 Kyle Edmund of Great Britain 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 for his first-ever Rogers Cup victory. The win secured his spot in the next round of action on home soil. The Canadian wild card staged a gripping comeback after dropping his first set against the 21-year-old Brit. His five aces in the following set, however, set the stage for the come-from-behind victory.
Up next for the 25-year-old journeyman is the winner of Monday afternoon’s match between Colombian qualifier Alejandro Gonzalez and No. 12 seed Bernard Tomic of Australia. Tomic leads the head-to-head over Gonzalez 1-0.
Immediately after 17-year-old Canuck Denis Shapovalov’s huge 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-3 win over world No. 18 Nick Kyrgios, fellow Canadian Frank Dancevic took to Centre Court to face off versus Sam Querrey of the United States. Dancevic fell 7-6(5), 6-4 in his 14th appearance in the the tournament’s main draw.