Federer Dominates While Bouchard Chokes On Bagel Sandwich; Serena, Djokovic Wednesday
by Staff | August 6th, 2014, 12:04 am

Roger Federer opened his 2014 summer hardcourt campaign with a brisk 6-2, 6-0 victory over native son Peter Polansky in the second round of the Canadian Open Masters in Toronto.

The Swiss, who has twice won the title in Canada, only lost five points on first serve in the 52-minute blowout.

“I started well and that’s always helpful to play more freely,” said Federer who celebrates his 33rd birthday on Friday. “I think I could have served better at times, but other than that, already in practice I felt I was moving well. Didn’t feel so good hitting the ball yet. Wasn’t quite getting used to the surface, and now the last few days have been much better and I’m happy that in the match it kind of all worked really well.”

Next for Federer is a third round date on Thursday against either Malek Jazeri or Marin Cilic.

Federer’s countryman Stan Wawrinka fought off a match point from good friend Benoit Paire to win 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(2) in 2:04. The Australian Open champion moves on to await the Kevin Anderson-Fabio Fognini victor in the third round. Wawrinka won the Australian Open and was a semifinalist last year at the US Open.

Much to the dismay of the locals, Canadian favorite Vasek Pospisil couldn’t reprise his win Saturday night over Richard Gasquet in the Washington semis this time losing to the Frenchman in straight sets 7-5, 7-5.

“The difference was I think he was a little bit tired,” said Gasquet. “He was in the final, it’s never easy. [There were] many occasions in Washington he played unbelievable, so I wasn’t lucky. He plays well, he’s very talented, very powerful, so he’s a big opponent for me, it’s a big win for me to win against him.”

Making matters worse, Pospisil, playing with Wimbledon doubles champion teammate Jack Sock, later retired to Gasquet in the doubles. And the Canadian also drops out the US Open seedings once his 2013 Rogers Cup semifinal points fall off on Monday.

Also through was Wimbledon sensation Nick Kyrgios who continued his impressive form upending Santiago Giraldo in straight sets. The 19-year-old Kyrgios was not overwhelmed one bit in his Masters debut.

“First match back so I knew it was going to be tough,” said Kyrgios. “I came out a bit flat. I thought I hung in well. I played the big points pretty well, as well. I’m relatively happy.”

Kyrgios has little time to enjoy the win because on Wednesday he’ll face Andy Murray in the second round.

“He’s a great player,” Kyrgios said of the Scot. “I’m just going to go out there and just enjoy the experience to get to play another player like that. I will hopefully serve well and keep it on my racquet and do the best I can out there.”

Elsewhere, Gilles Simon, Donald Young, Ernests Gulbis and Gael Monfils were winners. Tomorrow Monfils has the task of facing world No. 1 and newly married Novak Djokovic.

In the women’s event in Montreal, blossoming Canadian superstar Eugenie Bouchard fell to the pressure losing to unheralded American Shelby Rogers 6-0, 2-6, 6-0. After reaching the Wimbledon finals and the Australian and French Open semis, Bouchard crumbled under the lofty expectations to the 113th ranked American who had never before beaten a Top 20 player.

“I think I was feeling the pressure a little bit on the court – I felt a little match rusty, kind of,” she said. “But I knew coming into the match that I can’t use those as excuses. I knew it would be kind of a difficult situation. But I’m happy I was able to at least prove to myself that I could turn things around and not let the match run away from me completely. That’s a positive from the match.”

“She definitely took the match.”

A positive she got a set? Good luck with that.

“This was my first experience in an atmosphere like this – the whole stadium cheering for one person,” The Charleston native Rogers said. “I really respect what she’s done. It’s incredible to see how much support she has.”

Other winners were Sam Stosur, Caroline Wozniacki, Aga Radwanska and Venus Williams who won her first career match in Canada.

In the late match, a hobbled Victoria Azarenka overcame a second set ankle turn to dispatch Alize Cornet 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.

Tomorrow Stanford winner Serena Williams, who was in the Bouchard quarter, takes on Stosur in a US Open finals rematch. Maria Sharapova faces rising star Garbine Muguruza and Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova is also on court. Also, Jelena Jankovic battles Sloane Stephens and we’ll see the return of Venus Williams.

In Toronto, following losses today by Pospisil and Bouchard, Milos Roanic tries to renew Canadian hopes against Jack Sock. Grigor Dimitrov makes his summer debut against the improving Donald Young and Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer and Richard Gasquet are also in scheduled.

STADIUM start 11:00 am
[WC] N Kyrgios (AUS) vs [8] A Murray (GBR)
Not Before 1:00 pm
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs G Monfils (FRA)
D Young (USA) vs [7] G Dimitrov (BUL)
Not Before 6:30 pm
[6] M Raonic (CAN) vs [WC] J Sock (USA)
Y Lu (TPE) vs [4] T Berdych (CZE)

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38 Comments for Federer Dominates While Bouchard Chokes On Bagel Sandwich; Serena, Djokovic Wednesday

FedExpress Says:

Oh my word. Fed’s forehand had serious power and precision today.

Frankie Says:

Fed looking awesome! But poor GENIE..hopefully this was a learning experience. Everyone loses under pressure and the resilient ones bounce back.

Gordon Says:

Bouchard just looked dreadful. Her game is power and she way spraying balls all over the place. She looked better in her SF match at the Australian Open, and I didn’t think that was possible. This wasn’t rust; this was a meltdown of gigantic proportions. A repeat in Cincinnati or at the US Open will have people wondering about her ability to hold it together and the F word (Flake) will start to surface.

As for Pospisil, bad luck – after reaching the semis last year – to meet Gasquet again so soon. His play in the semis of Washington was inspired and those points will keep him in the M1000s, though losing SF points here will – as Tom wrote – drop him out of the seeding for the US Open.

The man has so much talent and his volleying game is sublime. Hopefully he can stay healthy and have a good streak during the hard court season.

jane Says:

too bad about pospisl. he has played a bit too much, maybe, from columbia, through to atlanta (winning in doubles), to finals in washington. just a lot of tennis. i hope his back isn’t flaring up again.

as for bouchard, didn’t see it, but that’s a bizarre scoreline. not sure what to expect from her now.

tough “first” round opponents for andy and nole today. hope to see some of the matches. looks like fed played really well; i believe his birthday is this weekend?

Gordon Says:


Believe me, you wouldn’t want to have seen Eugenie yesterday.

Yes, Roger turns 33 Friday; Polansky was in a state of “Happy to get thumped by Fed” awe.

Federer has to be feeling very good for with Rafa out he can’t meet Djokovic before the finals of Canada or Cincinnati.

I can’t see Cilic or Ferrer (should they advance to meet him) giving Fed a problem. His SF match would probably be against Raonic or Berdych. The way Milos is playing I don’t see Berdych being a problem and like Pospisil, he is defending a big block of points (runner-up last year). One of these days Raonic will beat Federer. I’m just not thinking it will be on Saturday.

Colin Says:

Andy wins 6-2, 6-2. A satisfactory performance, with his serve working well. Kyrgios played some good stuff, but made too many unforced errors.

Andy looks in good form, but we’ve said that before, this season.

Polo Says:

I am not a big fan of Bouchard. After seeing her do absolutely nothing against Kvitova, I lost interest. And then again this horrible loss in her own backyard. I don’t think she has the mental game of a champion. That is something most champions demonstrate right at the onset of their careers.

the DA Says:

I haven’t seen Andy that focused and intense for an 11:00am match in a long time. At one point he had a 92% first serves stat :0 A very good start.

Daniel Says:

Fed was in excellent form yesterday, his forehand on the runner was cracking with a lot of pace.
Didn’t see Murray’s match but glad he had a convincing win. Hope we got to see him and Djoko semis.

SG1 Says:

Montreal bagels are the best on earth but not the kind Genie had yesterday.

She looked out of sorts. I do think that players are starting formulate a strategy to play her. Hit the ball hard and take Genie out of her comfort zone. Worked for Li Na, Sharapova and Kvitova. And it worked for Rogers last night. I thought Rogers had a nice looking game even if her movement wasn’t great. It’ll now be up to Genie to adapt, which is what great players do.

SG1 Says:

Shocking that Janowicz lost to Polansky given Polansky’s performance against Federer. Then again, I’m not a big fan of Janowicz. He looks genuinely disinterested a lot of the time. Too bad because he has potential.

Polansky is more of a pusher and pushers don’t usually trouble Fed. If Fed plays Cilic, that could be a good match.

SG1 Says:


Don’t agree about the mental mind set thing for Genie. For every Martina Navratilova, Steffi Graf, Serena Williams and Monica Seles, there is an Amelie Mauresmo, Gabriela Sabbatini, Jennifer Capriati and Kim Clijsters. I don’t think Genie will win double digit majors but I do think she’ll win some.

It’s not easy to be an upper echelon player. It’s a process and Genie is still only 20. She has some stuff to work on. If she can add some wrinkles to her game, I believe she can win majors.

As for her loss to Kvitova, I look at it a bit like Krajicek’s win over Sampras in ’96. Krajicek never played another match like that the rest of his life. I suspect Kvitova may not either. It was an awesome display of error free power tennis. The type you see once or twice a decade. That it happened in a final…well, c’est la vie.

Margot Says:

Howzzzzzat Andy? Go!
Astonishing first serve percentage. Do hope back troubles are now behind him, lol, and mojo is back!
Time you did some winning boy!

andrea Says:

Great win for Fed….didn’t see the match, but despite not facing a top player, his game always looks amazing when he can play untroubled.

Sad news about Bouchard, but she can’t really expect to be consistent without playing for a month. Rogers obviously played well, but let’s face it, between the two, who will continue to be a top player?

Bouchard plays it calm and collected but losing that Wimby final in such a blow out has to hurt and feels like she had to lick her wounds – mental and physical – so I’m not shocked she lost in a first rounder coming back.

Hope Roanic continues his good streak!

@SG1 – i am also curious to see where Kvitova goes from here. After 1st Wimby win, she proceeded to be all over the map.

FedExpress Says:

to compare Kvitova with a one slam wonder is a bit out of order imo

FedExpress Says:

And Jaziri is double break up against cilic

And he a LL also

FedExpress Says:

sky sports commentators talking utterly rubbish. they really think nole can challenge Feds GS title. Wtf is wrong with the world???

Hippy Chic Says:

FedExpress i think hes some way off challenging Nadals GS titles yet never mind Federers??

FedExpress Says:

Monfils choked, again

jane Says:

ha ha – a lot of drama in the nole versus la monf match. as is typical, gael played excellent tennis at times, and at other times he dived, threw in silly shots and double faults, egged on the crowd and screamed “allez!!”, called the trainer, hit aces, etc.

entertaining match to watch, though yet another “nolecoaster.” as most nole fans here have agreed, we do not expect him to win the tournament, but nor, i am guessing, do we expect him to lose in round “one” or officially second round. egads, he came awfully close!

clearly nole was a bit rusty, but clearly, also, he just played too passively in the second set after a great first set. the third set was all about emotions. and nerves too. in the end, nole showed the stronger mind, playing a great final tiebreak, attacking like he should have in the second set tiebreak. so he is through, but as i said before, i don’t expect him to win the tournament. the match play is good though.

i saw amelie there watching; she must’ve enjoyed herself. i only caught the first half of andy’s match. he looked good, served very well. nick the kid maybe wasn’t at his best, especially in serving. but he was up against it with andy’s returning, so that’s probably why. andy’s got to be feeling good after that win.

Hippy Chic Says:

Very entertaining match,i dont think its wise to annoy the top, players as it only fires them up into playing better,nice effort from Gael but Novaks level dropped somewhat after that 1st set,N.I.D IMO,what seperates the best from the rest is their ability to dig deep even when not playing their best….

Polo Says:

Krajicek was a very good player who unfortunately was plagued by a lot of injuries. Del Potro may follow in his footsteps. Sad to think that the day may come when he will also be called a one hit wonder.

Hippy Chic Says:

Polo agree about Delpo,alot of talent there but seems to get derailed by injuries,and it will be 5 years since he won the USO soon, and thats a long time ago now ,we dont even know if hes playing the USO this year,but its looking unlikely….

courbon Says:

@ jane: Agree.Also I think he is using Toronto to get in to the grove for Cincy and US Open.Playing doubles?Improving net play and service. I’m sure he wants to win it ( I doubt it he will ) but he is not fully charged for it.Lets see-tough road ahead.

Hippy Chic Says:

Grigor hasnt woke up yet….

van orten Says:

A lot of attacking Tennis nowadays. At least at crunch time.

To all who think for fed to win this title nole needs to lose before ..
Here is a nice poll :

Do you think fed has a shot winning Toronto vs your man ?
Yes No
Nole fans :
Fed fans :
Nadal fans:
Neutral fans:

Neutral fans I am pretty sure would say yes most of the times …

jane Says:

of course “yes” van orten. look how close the indian wells final was between nole and fed. they almost always play super tight and exciting matches full of great shot-making. however, i honestly dont think nole will get that far this time anyhow: his path could be monfils, tsonga, murray, wawrinka and then federer. not exactly easy! :O

van orten Says:

Tough road indeed Jane…

calmdownplease Says:

The amusingly smug assumption in Van Orten’s `poll` is that this is a 2 horse deal. lol
Andy will have a LOT to say about whether Fed or Novak take Toronto.
At least judging from the blistering performance I saw Today.
As will maybe a couple others.
Andy was cold, blue, steel this morning and meant business like I haven’t seen for a very long time.

Ben Pronin Says:

Wimbledon didn’t teach us that blistering early round form from Murray is meaningless later in the tournament?

Not that I’m complaining. I wouldn’t mind being right at least once this year.

calmdownplease Says:

Yep, I get that and I have been burned myself Mr Pronin, but I actually watch Murray all year and this was different.
Murray is a very slow starter at the best of times but in the morning at the start of a tourney?
Good grief. He’s a nightmare.
And yet the way he handled this match is in the fact the best I have ever seen him play in those circumstances. Ever.
He’s back from his first proper training block since the surgery and boy it showed.
The serving was blistering as is the variety.
Yes, I think we now know why he has chosen Mauresmo, he wanted to get his variety back.
In short the determination is BACK as is the game.
It had to happen at some point.
I mean did any of you really think Andy was done and dusted?

Wog boy Says:

What happened to addicted one, Gulbis? That was shortest lived addiction.

Raonic is in trouble, Sock isn’t sook.

Wog boy Says:

The only thing Raonic can be happy with is the result of this match, on the other hand Sock played well, just fell short at the end.

Humble Rafa Says:

In a match involving no relevance, The Australian Tank Engine got beaten by Dr. Ivo. Still beats being slapped by your father by a mile.

Tennis Fan Says:

First off women’s tennis on the tour is not the same as the men’s tennis right now. Almost every week there is a different winner and a no name can knock off a top ten player and then is never heard of again. Eugenie will be back in a big way soon, but taking a month off and then showing up at centre court for your first match in your hometown is not conducive to success. Got to wonder what advice her coach was giving her there.

Raonic also felt the pressure playing at home but had the recnt game experince and mental fortitude to get through without his best stuff. He will get stronger from her like he did last week in DC

Skeezer Says:

“Fed dominates…”
Sounds fantastic @33. ;)

jane Says:

anyone watching fed / cilic? feels like it hasn’t really got going. a few errors from both, some nice shots, too, but surprisingly not great serving from either guy yet: 55% cilic firsts and 60% roger firsts. mid first set tiebreak right now. expecting fed to pull ahead soon.

jane Says:

yep, minibreak and wins first set. i think fed will run away with it now. cilic is having an off-serving night which doesn’t bode well for him generally, let alone against fed.

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