Rain Dominates Rogers Cup in Toronto
By Mike McIntyre
As if the Rogers Cup didn't have enough adversity to contend with after being upstaged by the Olympic Games and subsequent withdrawals and early round upsets. Thursday saw an entire day's worth of play washed-out due to the wet conditions while Friday has been moving along at snail's pace due to on-going rain delays.
Earlier today there were a few matches that saw their way to completion. These were third round matches that were supposed to have been played yesterday.
Frenchman Richard Gasquet continued his strong play this week by beating fourth seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-2.
Fifth seed Janko Tipsarevic was able to defeat the younger Marin Cilic by a score of 6-2, 6-4.
Mardy Fish, the eleventh seed, was pushed to three sets but able to get past Juan Monaco 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.
None of the above results are surprising despite a couple of higher ranked players going down. Gasquet is one of the most skilled players on tour who lacks the motivation to properly dedicate himself towards realizing his full potential. His defeat of Berdych today only gives more weight to the notion that he might never reach that level of play that we have all expected of him for years. He has not shown the ability to do this on a consistent basis.
Monaco for his part might be ranked higher than Fish at the moment but on hardcourts it is safe to say that it is the American who would be favoured to advance. I pegged this one to go three sets however since Monaco has played well on clay and hardcourts this year and Fish is still lacking the match play in 2012 after his healthy issues earlier in the year. These must be encouraging results for Fish as he tries to ready himself for the U.S. Open.
When rain halted play today, top seeded Novak Djokovic was leading Sam Querrey in their match 6-4, 4-3 and was up a break in the second set. These two just resumed and Djokovic quickly marched to a 6-4, 6-4 victory.
With the forecast looking suspect for the remainder of the day on Friday as well as Saturday, this tournament very likely will have to be extended into next week in order to get to its completion.
Keep checking back with us at ProTennisFan as we will eventually see this tournament progress to its culmination.