The campaigns of three Canadians at Rogers Cup presented by National Bank came to a sudden close on Wednesday. It was a disappointing day for Vasek Pospisil, Peter Polansky, and Steven Diez, who all fell in their respective second-round duels.
Pospisil couldn’t solve No. 10 seed Gael Monfils. He fell 7-6(6), 6-0 in-front of a packed crowd at Grandstand Court. Things looked positive to start for Pospisil as he engaged French opponent Gael Monfils in a hard-fought first set, and even held a set point, before rain temporarily halted play. After about 20 minutes, the players re-took to the court but Pospisil ultimately couldn’t rediscover his momentum.
In his post-match press conference, a dejected Pospisil spoke about gearing up for Thursday’s second-round doubles match with upcoming Olympic partner, Daniel Nestor.
“It’s very tough right now. I will try to gather some positive emotions for the doubles coming up and try to be motivated for that. Obviously playing with Daniel is going to be great. At the moment it’s hard to be excited about going back on the court soon. But I’m sure — this is still very fresh. A couple hours, or maybe tomorrow morning I’ll feel a little bit better.”
Pospisil and Nestor received a bye past the first round. Their opening match of the tournament sees the Canadian duo take on Australia’s Nick Kyrgios and a familiar face for Pospisil, in Jack Sock.
Polansky was also in action on Wednesday. He was one of the day’s first matches on Court 1. The 28-year-old wild card from Toronto fell to Czech qualifier Radek Stepanek 7-6(5), 6-4 in the second round. The loss to the former world No. 8 sees Polansky’s impressive run at his hometown tournament come to a close. On Monday, the Canadian came back from a set down to defeat American qualifier Tim Smyczek 4-6, 6-3, 6-0.
Also eliminated from action was Canadian wild card Steven Diez. He fell to No. 12 seed Bernard Tomic of Australia 6-3, 7-6(4). Diez’s Aussie opponent fired off 14 aces in the match. His loss comes after Diez’s first-ever win at a Masters 1000 event on Monday against British Davis Cup hero Kyle Edmund.