TORONTO - The anticipation to the Rogers Cup was promising for the Canadian men in Toronto. Unfortunately, said anticipation hit a rough patch on Tuesday as three of the five Canucks have been eliminated on home soil. Vasek Pospisil lost to Richard Gasquet, Frank Dancevic fell to Donald Young and Brayden Schnur was defeated by Andreas Seppi.
For Pospisil, entering this week's Rogers Cup was especially promising. The Vancouver native reached the Citi Open final this past Sunday where, despite a valiant effort, lost to fellow Canadian Milos Raonic. Pospisil looked to build on his semi-final run at last year's Rogers Cup. Unfortunately, that is not to be. Gasquet defeated Pospisil 7-5, 7-5.
Fatigue may have likely been the deciding factor for the Canuck. Gasquet, who lost to Pospisil just last week, tended to agree:
"The difference, he was, I think, a little bit tired. In many occasions in Washington, he played unbelievable, so I was not so much lucky. He plays well. He's very talented, very powerful, so it's a big win for me to win against him."
Unfortunately for Pospisil, his loss to Gasquet means that he drops out of the Top 40 in the ATP rankings. He had been No. 27 entering Toronto.
For Frank Dancevic, he got off to a great start winning the opening set 5-7 but the wheels came off in the second, falling to American Donald Young 6-0 before losing again in the third, 6-3.
"He just started reading my serve in the second and third set," Dancevic said. "I couldn't get any more free points on my serve, my serve percentage dropped down a little bit and he just started playing better and better as the match went on. ... I felt like it was difficult to find answers for him."
For Brayden Schnur, Tuesday marked the 19-year-old's ATP World Tour debut. Unfortunately, he was unable to muster any momentum, falling to the aforementioned Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-3. But while the Pickering, Ontario, native did admit that nerves played a role in his loss, he did acknowledge that this was all part of the learning process:
"Nerves are always in my system. It slowly tires you out going in and out, in and out, warming up, having to cool down. But it's something that I'm learning to get used to."
As for the top Canadian, Milos Raonic will hit the court on Wednesday where he will face off against American Jack Sock, a man he beat in straight sets at Wimbledon and just last week in Washington.
Despite Tuesday's results, events in Toronto still look promising for the hometown contingent. We'll see how everything plays out.