Gold Medalist Murray Opens Hardcourt Season Today In Toronto; Djokovic, Del Potro Also In Action
There’s little rest for Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Juan Martin Del Potro and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. All four were engaged in medal rounds at the 2012 Olympics this weekend on the grass courts at Wimbledon and now must quickly acclimate to the hardcourts at the Tennis Masters Series Canadian Open in Toronto.
Following his incredible gold medal effort on Sunday, Murray will meet Italian Flavio Cipolla this afternoon. Murray twice has won the event in 2009 and 2010 but fell in the opening round last year.
World No. 2 Djokovic is on tonight against Bernard Tomic while Del Potro and Tsonga open play at 11am in that order. The slumping Djokovic lost his last two matches at the Olympics to Murray and then Del Potro in the bronze, both in straight sets. The Serb hasn’t won a title since Miami.
“I had great matches in Wimbledon and Olympic Games. Maybe I would wish to go at least a step further on those events, but you can’t always have it all,” said Djokovic. “There are so many great tennis players around, and I had opponents that played better than me, especially in the Olympic Games. Andy Murray deserved to win the gold.
“It’s not the first time or the last time you lose. You have to try to be stronger and learn from those experiences, so hard court being probably my most successful and preferred surface gives me confidence that I can start off well here. Obviously that’s something that I’m looking for. Hopefully I can carry it on for next events.”
Also today, Tomas Berdych and the red hot Tommy Haas, who plays Gilles Simon, are in action.
Yesterday’s winners included home favorite Milos Raonic along with Americans John Isner and Mardy Fish.
“It feels good. I’m proud with the way I competed, with the way I played,” said Raonic of his first Canadian Open win. “I did a lot of important things well, and I have some space for improvement for my next match.”
STADIUM start 11:00 am
R Stepanek (CZE) vs  J Del Potro (ARG)
Not Before 1:00 PM
 J Tsonga (FRA) vs J Chardy (FRA)
Not Before 3:00 PM
[Q] F Cipolla (ITA) vs  A Murray (GBR)
Not Before 7:00 PM
 N Djokovic (SRB) vs B Tomic (AUS)
[WC] F Dancevic (CAN) / V Pospisil (CAN) vs I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA)
GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
M Youzhny (RUS) vs  J Tipsarevic (SRB)
J Benneteau (FRA) vs  T Berdych (CZE)
 G Simon (FRA) vs T Haas (GER)
S Querrey (USA) vs  K Nishikori (JPN)
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