The qualifying event for the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank wrapped up on Sunday at Uniprix Stadium in Montreal.
Faced with a tall order, first seed Nicolas Mahut of France wasn’t able to secure his ticket to the main draw. He went head-to-head against Ernests Gulbis, who was ranked as high as world no. 10 last year before he tumbled to no.81. Now, the fiery Latvian wants to get back to where he was. He proved that today against Mahut, clawing his way from one set down to win in three (6-7 (7), 7-5, 6-3) in 2 hours, 21 minutes.
Brayden Schnur, who was the last Canadian standing, was put in his place by fifth seed Yen-Hsun Lu of Taiwan, who won 6-0, 6-1 in just 50 minutes of play.
American Donald Young (4) also qualified when he defeated his countryman Rajeev Ram (6-3, 6-1). Hyeon Chung (6) of Korea had an easy time disposing of Alejandro Gonzalez of Colombia in two sets (6-2, 6-1). Mikhail Youzhny of Russia also made it through with a win over Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France (6-4, 6-3).
And once again, Alexandr Dolgopolov (3) lost the first set but came back to win his match versus Alejandro Falla of Colombia in 2 hours, 23 minutes. Denis Kudla of the US ousted James Duckworth of Australia in two sets.