By Mike McIntyre
Photographs by Bob McIntyre
Thursday was without a doubt one of the crazier days in the history of the Rogers Cup. Not only did world Number One Novak Djokovic make an early exit, but favourites such as Stan Wawrinka and Tomas Berdych also crashed out in the third round. Canadian Milos Raonic found a way to perservere in three close sets as did Roger Federer who almost squandered six match points against Marin Cilic before finishing him off in the third. Here are some photos taken by our own Bob McIntyre. Enjoy and keep checking back for more as we head into the final three days of action in Toronto.
Stan saved a match point in his second round match against Benoit Paire on Wednesday, but could not muster the same type of luck against Kevin Anderson on this day.
Here is Anderson celebrating his victory and looking every bit the 6'8'' that he is.
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.
Djokovic looking for divine intervention perhaps during his 6-2, 6-2 loss to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Coming up a bit short
Now that's frustration folks.
It should have been a sign to Djokovic when Tsonga already had a grin on his face as he walked in to Centre Court.
Check out the quad on this guy...yikes!
About as happy as you'd expect after defeating the number one player in the world
Total control of the ball today from Tsonga
Andy Murray got a break when opponent Richard Gasquet withdrew prior to their third round match. Looks like he made the most of the opportunity on the practice courts with coach Amelie Mauresmo.
Grigor Dimitrov continued to show why he is refered to as "Baby Fed" with a three set win over veteran Tommy Robredo.
Robredo was feeling the same way as many of Dimitrov's opponents have been feeling this year.
Dimitrov is happy like a room without a roof!
Don't try this at home kids. Actually, unless you are Ivan Dodig, don't try this anywhere!
David Ferrer...yours to discover. And as Dodig discovered, a tough obstacle in his path. Ferrer would win in three sets to advance against Roger Federer.
Hey look, it's former Pro Brad Gilbert who's in town working for ESPN.
Milos Raonic was looking pretty suave against Julien Benneteau in the first match of the evening session on Centre Court.
Raonic would advance in three sets which seemed to be the standard distance required of most winners on this epic day of action in Toronto.
Doesn't look a day over 32!
Despite squadering six match points in the second set, Roger Federer would recover to defeat Marin Cilic in three.
Less than half an hour after the match, Federer would turn 33. Not a bad way to celebrate your birthday.
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