Rogers Cup 2014: Daily Toronto Masters Scores, Results and Draw Schedule
The top tennis players in the world will compete at the Rogers Cup in Toronto as they all attempt to prepare for the 2014 U.S. Open.
With eight of the top nine players in the world rankings in a draw filled with 56 quality players, this is certain to be an exciting week of action.
Novak Djokovic enters the tournament as the favorite after winning the event three times in his career. The No. 1 player in the world is coming off a win at Wimbledon, but he has not competed in over a month since.
Additionally, he discussed the problems with this being his first hard-court tournament in a long time, via Michael Traikos of the National Post:
I haven’t played a hard-court match since the Miami final last year. That’s the reason why I arrived here yesterday. One thing is to practice, the other is to play an official match. I’m looking forward to the first match even though the draw is terrible for me.
Meanwhile, this tournament is loaded with challengers even without Rafael Nadal, who withdrew with a wrist injury.
With Djokovic, Murray, and Wawrinka all the top half, he has a very workable draw to make his second ATP Masters 1000 of the season. David Ferrer is the top seed in his quarter, with Tomas Berdych and last year's finalist Milos Roanic the top seeds in the other quarter. The last time Federer won the Rogers Cup was in 2006 when it was hosted in Toronto, though he has not played the tournament the last two years.
On the other hand, do not be surprised to see a tournament full of upsets with a deep list of both seeded and unseeded players capable of beating anyone.
Follow along with this tracker to keep up with the latest daily results and recap in Toronto.
|1||Novak Djokovic (SRB)|
|2||Roger Federer (SUI)|
|3||Stan Wawrinka (SUI)|
|4||Tomas Berdych (CZE)|
|5||David Ferrer (ESP)|
|6||Milos Raonic (CAN)|
|7||Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)|
|8||Andy Murray (GBR)|
|9||Kei Nishikori (JPN) (Withdrew)|
|10||John Isner (USA)|
|11||Ernests Gulbis (LAT)|
|12||Richard Gasquet (FRA)|
|13||Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)|
|14||Roberto Baustista-Agut (ESP)|
|15||Marin Cilic (CRO)|
|16||Fabio Fognini (ITA)|
Day 7 Recap
Day 7 Results
No. 13 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga def. No. 2 Roger Federer: 7-5, 7-6 (7-3)
Day 7 Recap
Four consecutive top-10 opponents couldn't spoil Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's party in Toronto.
Tsonga won the 2014 Rogers Cup Sunday afternoon, when the 13th-seeded Frenchman blew past No. 2 Roger Federer in two long sets, 7-5, 7-6 (7-3 tiebreak).
Early advantages were tough to come by for both players. Each was able to hold their serve early on and avoid giving up a break, before Federer dropped his first serve down 6-5 to lose the opening set.
The Swiss star didn't go down without a fight, pushing the second and final set to a tiebreak. But Tsonga quickly disposed of Federer in the tiebreak, 7-3 to clinch the title.
It's safe to say that Tsonga wasn't fazed by having to face a star like Federer. He started taking down tennis giants early in Toronto, beating top seed Novak Djokovic in the third round, No. 8 Andy Murray in the quarters and No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov in the semis before facing Federer.
Success on the ATP tour doesn't come too often for Tsonga, as it was just his first win of the season. He'll hope to carry on the momentum into the U.S. Open at the end of August.
Day 6 Recap
Day 6 Results
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga def. Grigor Dimitrov: 6-4, 6-3
Roger Federer def. Feliciano Lopez: 6-3, 6-4
Day 6 Recap
The 2014 Rogers Cup is shaping up to be Jo-Wilfried Tsonga's, after he took down yet another big-time opponent.
The 13th-seeded Tsonga toppled No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov on Saturday in straight sets, disposing of him with the score 6-4, 6-3. He was in control from the onset, and never relinquished it.
Saturday's commanding victory was just another impressive performance from the Frenchman. After taking care of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray in the two days prior, he wasn't about to shy away from Dimitrov.
Of course, it's only natural that the big names keep coming on through to the final.
Facing Tsonga in the championship will be Roger Federer, after the Swiss star dominated Feliciano Lopez in straight sets.
Lopez was the sleeper of the tournament thus far, but no match for FedEx's brilliance. The wear of playing every day seemed to effect Lopez late in the match, when he had to take a medical break as a trainer worked on his back and neck.
There stood the chance that Tsonga's final would come against Lopez after facing a gauntlet to get there. But with Federer's victory, it's obvious he will have to slay another giant to win the Rogers Cup.
Perhaps Tsonga would rather have it this way. After his recent affairs, there's no reason not to think he can take down a fourth top-10-seeded opponent in a row—even if it's Federer.
Day 5 Recap
Day 5 Results
No. 13 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga def. No. 8 Andy Murray: 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-4
No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov def Kevin Anderson: 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 (8-6)
Feliciano Lopez def. No. 6 Milos Raonic: 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3
No. 2 Roger Federer def. No. 5 David Ferrer: 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
Day 5 Recap
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is earning himself the name of giant killer in Toronto.
The French native took down his second member of the Big Four in two days, toppling Andy Murray in a three-set affair on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Rogers Cup. Tsonga was in control after his tiebreak first set victory, and battled to win the third and decisive set over Murray.
Tsonga spoke on how he was able to overcome adversity in the match, per the tournament's official site.
"You know, I had the hand on the match at the beginning, and then he came back,” Tsonga said. “Then I was a little bit down. I just stayed focused, tried to be a little bit more aggressive because I was a little bit flat after losing the second set."
He'll move on to face another impressive player finding his stride in the semis in Grigor Dimitrov, who slipped past Kevin Anderson in Friday's most thrilling affair.
Dimitrov and Anderson didn't concede much either way, as both won a set 7-5 to force a third set. The decisive set went to a tiebreak before Dimitrov won it.
Milos Raonic was a fan favorite in his home country, but is heading home after being toppled by Feliciano Lopez in the first night match.
Raonic impressively battled back to force a third set, but was outmatched from the start. Lopez topped his second notable opponent in as many days, after eliminating Tomas Berdych the day before.
After his upset win, the Spaniard will move on to play Roger Federer in the semis.
On the other end, it's only fitting that Tsonga and Dimitrov will meet in the semifinals. They've been two of the most impressive players in Toronto, and whoever advances out of that half of the bracket will give the other finalist—even if it's Federer—a run for their money.
In the nightcap, Federer fended off a serious challenge from David Ferrer to advance in three sets.
Both players played very well on the return. Ferrer was able to win 37 percent of the points on Federer's serve while earning three breaks. The Swiss sensation was slightly better, however, winning 46 percent of points on the return with five breaks.
It sets up a semifinal encounter with Feliciano Lopez. Although the Spanish veteran has enjoyed a nice run in Toronto, the 17-time major champion holds a commanding 10-0 record against him in their career head-to-head meetings.
So Federer remains the player to beat in the Rogers Cup.
Day 4 Recap
Day 4 Results
No. 13 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga def. No. 1 Novak Djokovic; 6-2, 6-2
Kevin Anderson def. No. 3 Stanislas Wawrinka; 7-6(8), 7-5
No. 8 Andy Murray def. No. 12 Richard Gasquet; withdrawal
No. 6 Milos Raonic def. Julien Benneteau; 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
No. 5 David Ferrer def. Ivan Dodig; 1-6, 6-3, 6-3
No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov def. No. 17 Tommy Robredo; 7-5, 5-7, 6-4
No. 2 Roger Federer def. No. 15 Marin Cilic; 7-6(5), 6(3)-7, 6-4
Feliciano Lopez def. No. 4 Tomas Berdych; 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
Day 4 Recap
The first big shocker of the tournament came on Thursday at the Rogers Cup as the No. 1 seed fell.
Novak Djokovic, hot off his Wimbledon victory, was unable to secure a berth into the third round in Toronto. The current world No. 1 was dropped in straight sets by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
The No. 13 seed got off to a blistering pace against Djokovic and allowed just four games dropped in the match. Tsonga finished with eight aces compared to just two from his top-seeded opponent.
Following the match, an overjoyed Tsonga spoke about his performance, per The Associated Press (via CBC):
"It's not every day you get the rewards of what you're doing every day during the year," he said. "You leave your family, practise every day hard, suffer a lot on the court. And when you win a match like this, you just feel good."
As for Djokovic, he was none to happy with how things went for him on the court. The current No. 1 player referenced the struggles he experienced with the AP:
I wasn't hitting the ball clean and a lot of unforced errors. It's maybe (a) lack of matches on this surface and well, it takes time. Let's just say it's going to be better, I'm sure.
... Obviously I'm disappointed that I lost this early in the tournament, but on the other hand I had a tough draw yesterday and today again. Tsonga played (at) a very high level, great quality shots. All I can say is well done and I have to move on.
Along with Djokovic, another 2014 Grand Slam winner suffered a similar fate.
No. 3 Stanislas Wawrinka, the Australian Open champion, was also dismissed in straight sets, 7-6(8), 7-5, by Kevin Anderson. The South African finished with 10 more aces than the major winner while his opponent had three double faults in the loss.
Both players have difficult roads ahead, though, as Tsonga meets No. 8 Andy Murray and Anderson faces off with No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov. After two splendid performances in Toronto on Thursday, it doesn't get any easier for either player.
Day 3 Recap
Day 3 Results
No. 8 Andy Murray def. Nick Kyrgios; 6-2, 6-2
No. 1 Novak Djokovic def. Gael Monfils; 6-2, 6-7(4), 7-6(2)
No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov def. Donald Young; 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
No. 12 Richard Gasquet def. Ivo Karlovic; 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-3
Feliciano Lopez def. Tim Smyczek; 7-5, 6-4
No. 5 David Ferrer def. Michael Russell; 6-4, 2-6, 6-1
No. 13 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga def. Jeremy Chardy; 7-6(6), 6-4
Julien Benneteau def. No. 11 Ernests Gulbis; 7-6(4), 6-3
No. 17 Tommy Robredo def. Gilles Simon; 7-5, 6-4
Ivan Dodig def. Andreas Seppi; 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(5)
Kevin Anderson def. No. 16 Fabio Fognini; 7-5, 6-2
No. 15 Marin Cilic def. Malek Jaziri; 4-6, 6-0, 7-6(4)
No. 6 Milos Raonic def. Jack Sock; 4-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(4)
No. 4 Tomas Berdych def. Yen-Hsun Lu; 6(4)-7, 6-4, 6-4
Day 3 Recap
For anyone who thought Andy Murray was going to stumble against a second straight young gun, the No. 8 seed proved he's still elite on Day 3 of the Rogers Cup.
The 2013 Wimbledon champion was dismantled by Grigor Dimitrov at the All England Club in the quarterfinals. But he more than bounced back with a straight sets triumph against Nick Kyrgios, who had a run of his own at Wimbledon.
Murray beat the 19-year-old player in an astounding 54-minute match to advance on Wednesday. The British player spoke about his dominant performance following the matchup, per BBC Sport:
"I thought I did most things pretty solid," said Murray. "I didn't make too many errors. I moved well. It was a solid match for a first match back after about five weeks. I was happy."
That's a nice way of putting it, but Murray certainly had an easier day than other top seeded players.
Of the players that struggled slightly on Wednesday, both Novak Djokovic and Dimitrov were pushed to three sets. For Djokovic, the No. 1 seed bounced back from the offensive onslaught to advance.
As for Dimitrov, he had to rebound from a first set loss against American Donald Young. The No. 7 seed then won handily in the next two sets to clinch the match despite seven double faults on the day.
Day 2 Recap
Day 2 Results
Nick Kyrgios def. Santiago Giraldo; 7-6(3), 7-5
No. 12 Richard Gasquet def. Vasek Pospisil; 7-5, 7-5
No. 2 Roger Federer def. Peter Polansky; 6-2, 6-0
No. 16 Fabio Fognini def. Mikhail Youzhny; 6-4, 6-3
Donald Young def. Frank Dancevic; 5-7, 6-0, 6-3
Andreas Seppi def. Brayden Schnur; 6-3, 6-3
Gael Monfils def. Radek Stepanek; 6-3, 7-5
No. 17 Tommy Robredo def. Philipp Kohlschreiber; 6-3, 7-6(3)
No. 11 Ernests Gulbis def. Joao Sousa; 6-3, 6-4
Yen-Hsun Lu def. Marcel Granollers; 7-6(6), 7-5
Ivo Karlovic def. Bernard Tomic; 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(6)
Malek Jaziri def. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez; 6-4, 7-6(6)
Jack Sock def. Jurgen Melzer; 6-1, 6-3
Gilles Simon def. Dominic Thiem; 3-6, 6-4, 6-0
No. 3 Stan Wawrinka def. Benoit Paire; 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(2)
Day 2 Recap
Tuesday brought out some of the big guns out to play for Day 2 of the Rogers Cup.
Among those notable faces, No. 2 seed Roger Federer took the court in Toronto for the first time since the Wimbledon final. In his return, Federer promptly dismantled Peter Polansky with a decisive 6-2, 6-0 straight sets victory.
Despite the loss in London, Federer spoke about his attitude coming into the Rogers Cup, per The Associated Press (via USA Today):
I feel like I don't really have to prove anything to anybody, even though people are always going to disagree with that. For me it's about how do I feel in practice, how is my motivation, how am I actually really playing, how do I feel it, rather than how is everybody else thinking they see and know it. I can analyze it much more clearer today than I ever have.
Outside of Federer, fellow ranked players like No. 17 Tommy Robredo and No. 11 Ernests Gulbis also went through in straight sets. While No. 12 Richard Gasquet also followed suit, his match was highly contested.
After falling short in the Citi Open final, Vasek Pospisil appeared ready for the challenge against Gasquet. Though he was unable to pull out a set, the Canadian tested Gasquet with 13 aces to just four from the seeded player.
Unfortunately, Pospisil was unable to save any break points and was unable to advance. Gasquet advances to take on Ivo Karlovic on Wednesday on the heels of a three-set match against Bernard Tomic.
Day 1 Recap
Day 1 Results
No. 15 Marin Cilic def. Denis Istomin; 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
Jeremy Chardy def. Federico Delbonis; 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
Benoit Paire def. Alejandro Falla; 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-2
Julien Benneteau def. Lleyton Hewitt; 6-1, 6-2
Tim Smyczek def. Tobias Kamke; 6-3, 6-2
Kevin Anderson def. Thanasi Kokkinakis; 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
Michael Russell def. Nicolas Mahut; 6-3, 6-3
No. 13 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga def. Edouard Roger-Vasselin; 7-6(3), 6-1
Feliciano Lopez def. Roberto Bautista Agut 7-6(9), 6-3
Ivan Dodig def. No. 10 John Isner 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-3
Peter Polansky def. Jerzy Janowicz 7-6(5) 6-4
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez vs. Malek Jaziri 6-4, 5-5 Suspended
Day 1 Recap
Marin Cilic had a tough time closing out Denis Istomin in his opening match. The No. 15 seed performed well in the first set, winning 12 of his 13 first-serve points. However, he dropped the second set and barely escaped the third thanks to only winning five of 17 break points.
Still, he was able to come through in the final set to keep his hope of a deep run alive.
Julien Benneteau had one of the more dominant showings of the day with a straight-sets victory over veteran Lleyton Hewitt. The French star got 71 percent of his first serves in play, which was a big difference compared to Hewitt, who struggled with his accuracy and totaled eight double faults.
In the end, Hewitt was only able to win three games before going down in the opening round.
Benoit Paire remains someone to keep an eye on going forward after a solid victory on Monday. Although he was a little wild, he managed 13 aces in the three-set win over Alejandro Falla. He will now face Stan Wawrinka in what should be a competitive match for the No. 3 seed.
Kevin Anderson had some trouble early in the form of qualifier Thanasi Kokkinakis. However, the South African recovered nicely to win the next two sets without being broken once to move into the next round.
No. 13 seed Jo-Wilfred Tsonga got his tournament off to a good start with a straight-set victory over Edouard Roger-Vasselin. He won an incredible 94 percent of his first-serve points while racking up 10 aces in the easy win.
Peter Polansky scored the biggest upset of Day 1 with a two-set victory over 2013 Wimbledon semifinalist Jerzy Janowicz. The good times may be short lived, however, as Polansky will have to face Roger Federer in the next round.
No. 10 John Isner did no favors for United States men's tennis by losing in three sets to Ivan Dodig on North American soil. Dodig won 86 percent of his first-serve points and didn't have to face break point once in the match.
While only a few seeded players were in action on Day 1, the next few days will feature plenty of high-profile stars that will face serious challenges in Toronto.