There were nine Canadians in the first qualifying round of Rogers Cup presented by National Bank but only one is among the 14 players who survived this difficult stage.
Frank Dancevic—the veteran of the Canadian delegation—got through by disposing of sixth seed Marius Copil of Romania in two sets (7-6 (3), 6-3). Tomorrow, the 32-year-old from Niagara Falls faces 13th seed and world no.205 Tim Smyczek of the US.
Raheel Manji of Toronto was the only other Canadian to steal a set from his opponent. He lost to Norbert Gombos of Slovakia (6-3, 6-7 (1), 6-1).
Philip Bester of North Vancouver, Benjamin Sigouin and Filip Peliwo of Vancouver, Kelsey Stevenson and Pavel Krainik of Toronto and Antoine Leduc of Montréal all fell in two sets.
Samuel Monette of Repentigny put up a great fight against Dudi Sela (2) of Israel but ultimately had to concede defeat (7-5, 6-3).
The next round starts up at 10 a.m. on Sunday at Uniprix Stadium. The seven conquerors will enter the main draw, which begins on Monday.