TORONTO - While he was eliminated in the second round of the Rogers Cup, there really is no shame when it's hands of world No. 2 seed Roger Federer. But while his 6-2, 6-0 loss to the 17-time Grand Slam winner was discouraging on paper, Peter Polansky's appearance in Toronto this week was nonetheless promising.
In order to get to Federer, Polansky had to battle Poland's Jerzy Janowicz - in front of his family and friends no less. But the 26-year-old played his heart out, defeating Jankovic 7-6, 6-4.
Following the match, Polansky touched on how special it is to get these kinds of victories on home soil:
"Just really excited to play well in front of a home crowd and got the crowd support that you don't get too often, and it's a great feeling."
From August 4, 2008 to June 21, 2010, Peter Polansky was Canada's top singles player, according to the ATP. The native of North York, Ontario, was Canada's No. 2 player before that dating back to August 4, 2008, but was had his share of difficulty keeping up with his countrymen since then as Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil have each celebrated their own successes. Even Frank Dancevic has received a fair bit of national attention for his emergence recently. But Polansky doesn't see his fall, so to speak, as anything to dwell on. Instead, he is encouraged by the recent success of his countrymen.
"When you're around your peers and your peers start doing well, I think it pushes everyone and gives everyone a bit of extra confidence," said Polansky. "Saying that I'm training with this guy, maybe I'm beating him a little bit in practice, and look where he's ranked.
""I think for sure it gives us all a little bit of confidence."
Polansky was later asked whether his opening-round win made him feel like he was a part of this Canadian wave of tennis that has already been so strong in 2014.
"Yeah, I have had some success here before, and it's all just about pulling through these wins, one, two, or string a couple in a row," Polansky said. "It just all helps making yourself believe in yourself and that you really can play in these tournaments."
Unfortunately, Polansky didn't have any time to celebrate his win over Janowicz. After his win on Monday, the 26-year-old was right back to work on Tuesday where he lost to Federer.
Prior to the start of the Rogers Cup, Polansky and Federer were practicing together in Toronto. Before his match with the Swiss legend, Polansky explained what he took from these practices and how he could benefit from what he saw in his matches.
"When you practice with the top guys, you see little things they do differently, take the ball a bit earlier and open up the court a bit more.
"You do learn a little bit from them. But obviously he's the best in the world, so you have got to just take what you can."
Sadly, it appeared as if Polansky couldn't take very much from those practices into his matchup with Federer. With that said, this is hopefully just a starting point for the Canadian who celebrated success both on the ATP Challenger Tour and ITF Futures before coming home to Toronto this week.
It's been a short stay for Peter Polansky but hopefully we'll be seeing longer runs in the top tournaments in the very near future.