Wednesday was full of surprises for both the men and the women at the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank. First, top-ranked and defending Rogers Cup champion Caroline Wozniacki was upset by Italy’s Roberta Vinci (6-4, 7-5). Then, Croatia’s Ivan Dodig knocked out two-time Rogers Cup champion Rafael Nadal with a shocking (1-6, 7-6, 7-6) victory. Dodig, who called it the greatest moment of his life, won the match largely because of his impressive serving game (19 aces) and will face Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic in the 16th round on Thursday.
The day’s action also featured third-seeded Roger Federer, who played against Canadian Vasek Pospisil. Pospisil put up a valiant effort, but ended up losing to the former world no. 1 and 16-time Grand Slam champion (7-5, 6-3). Federer, who turned 30 on Monday, won the Rogers Cup in 2004 and 2006, and finished second in 2007 and 2010. His third-round opponent will be France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who upset the Swiss superstar at Wimbledon last month.
Over in Toronto, world no. 5 Maria Sharapova defeated 19-year-old Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia, who is one of just three teenagers in the WTA top 100 (no. 54). It took Sharapova just 24 minutes to win the first set (6-1), but Jovanovski fought hard in the second set and lost by a slight 7-5 margin. The good news for tennis fans is that Sharapova is on a collision course to meet Serena Williams in the Semi-Finals, assuming both of them win their next two matches. Williams, who defeated world no. 20 Julia Goerges in straight sets (6-1, 7-6), will play Jie Zheng of China on Thursday, while Sharapova will play Galina Voskoboeva of Kazakhstan.
Be sure to catch all of the action as the tournament starts to get intense! For more coverage on the 2011 Rogers Cup, visit the Rogers Cup website.
Top Image: Rafael Nadal in his match versus Ivan Dodig at the Rogers Cup in Montreal Wednesday August 10, 2011. (Image Via Vincenzo D’Alto)