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What a week!

Aug 16, 2015
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The finalists of the Rogers Cup in Montréal have been decided. Novak Djokovic (1) of Serbia will go head-to-head against Andy Murray (2) of Great Britain in one final showdown.

Here’s a look back on a crazy, crazy week of tennis.

The overlord: Andy Murray (2)

After dropping out early in Washington last week, Andy Murray was perfect in Montréal. He didn’t give away a single set to Tommy Robredo of Spain, Gilles Muller of Luxemburg, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France or Kei Nishikori of Japan.

The wonder: Jérémy Chardy

No one could have predicted that world no.49 Jérémy Chardy of France would make it allthe way to the semis.

He started off by ousting his countryman Nicolas Mahut and went on to dispose of Leonardo Mayer of Argentina and then two of the best servers on the Tour: Ivo Karlovic of Croatia and John Isner of the US.

But in the semifinal, there was only so much Chardy could do against world no.1 Novak Djokovic.

The downer: Tomas Berdych (5)

Berdych just can’t make things happen in Montréal. After a surprise loss in 2013 to Canadian Vasek Pospisil, the Czech fell 7-6 (5), 6-3 in his first match—a second-round confrontation with American qualifier Donald Young.

Honourable mentions:

Stan Wawrinka (3) bowed out against Nick Kyrgios of Australia (6-7 (8), 6-3, 4-0) in the second round due to a back injury.

Also in the second round, Marin Cilic (6) was shown the door by Bernard Tomic of Australia in two (6-3, 6-4).

The blockbuster: Jérémy Chardy versus John Isner (16)

Fans at the Friday afternoon session got plenty of bang for their tennis buck. While most had come out to see Novak Djokovic, it was Jérémy Chardy and John Isner who stole the show.

Chardy dominated their tense three-hour match that ended 6-7 (9), 7-6 (13), 7-6 (4).

Honourable mentions

Novak Djokovic [1] stops Ernests Gulbis in the quarters: 5-7, 7-6 (7), 6-1 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga [10] ejects Roberto Bautista Agut from the second round: 5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-5.

Gilles Muller throws Gaël Monfils (15) out of the second round: 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (4)

The instigator: Nick Kyrgios

The 20-year-old Australian made no friends at the Rogers Cup, especially not Stan Wawrinka.

In the second round, Kyrgios, who seemed irritated by Wawrinka, had some unsavoury words for his opponent that were picked up by the mics on Centre Court.

Kyrgios was handed a fine of $10 000 for taunting Wawrinka and another of $2 500 for insulting a ball kid.

The insanity: Friday

Friday was complete chaos. The afternoon session, which normally ends in the early evening, came to a close around 10 p.m.

The rain delays and marathon matches between Chardy and Isner and Djokovic and Gulbis stretched the evening session to well after 1 a.m.

The milestone: 10 000 aces for Karlovic

In his match against Milos Raonic of Canada, Ivo Karlovic of Croatia hit the 10 000th ace of his career.

He became the second player in history to reach the record. His countryman Goran Ivanisevic was the first.

The hot shot: Kei Nishikori (4)

Against David Goffin (13) of Belgium in the second round, Kei Nishikori of Japan made the unlikeliest of shots: a tweener lob that Goffin just couldn’t get to.

The djoke: Novak Djokovic [1] inflates his guns

In his match against Gulbis, Djokovic had some time to waste between the second and third sets.

Ever the entertainer, he put his left thumb in his mouth and pretended to blow up his bicep, thrilling more than a few fans on Centre Court.

The comeback: Ernests Gulbis

In June 2014, Gulbis was world no.10. One year later, he had fallen to no.87.

The man from Latvia was invited by tournament organizers to play in the qualifying event and ended up defeating Dominic Thiem (18) of Austria, Lukas Rosol (63) of the Czech Republic and Donald Young (79) of the US.

Gulbis made it all the way to the quarters, falling to Djokovic (1) in a tough match.

Honourable mention

Former world no.8 Mikhail Youzhny also played in the qualifiers. The current world no.107 picked Victor Troicki (19) and Gilles Simon (9) out of the main draw before being toppled by Rafa Nadal in the third round.

The fighter: Filip Peliwo

Filip Peliwo of Canada got a wildcard into the main draw. In the first round, the 2012 junior Wimbledon and US Open champ was trailing Sergiy  takhovsky (60) 6-1, 5-2. But he fought back and won five straight games to take the second set 7-5.

In the end, he lost in three (6-1, 5-7, 6-2).

How the Canadians fared


1st round
Nicolas Mahut (1) d. Isade Juneau, 6-1, 7-5
Rajeev Ram (10) d. Peter Polansky, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5)
Yen-Hsun Lu (5) d. David Volfson, 6-1, 6-1
Brayden Schnur d. Ruben Bemelmans (12), 6-4, 6-3
Hyeon Chung (6) d. Kelsey Stevenson, 6-2, 6-1

2nd round
Yen-Hsun Lu d. Brayden Schnur, 6-0, 6-1
Main draw
1st round
Vasek Pospisil d. Yen Hsun Lu, 6-4, 6-3
Sergiy Stakhovsky d. Filip Peliwo, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2
Pablo Andujar d. Frank Dancevic, 6-2, 6-4
Gilles Muller d. Philip Bester, 6-2, 6-3

2nd round
John Isner (16) d. Vasek Pospisil, 6-7 (1), 4-6, 6-3
Ivo Karlovic d. Milos Raonic (8), 7-6 (1), 7-6 (1)