Rogers Cup Third Round All Set

Rogers Cup Third Round All Set
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With all of the second round play completed, both the men and women are into the third round at the Rogers Cup. 

Men's Results:

Novak Djokovic (SRB) def. Giles Muller (LUX) 7-5, 7-6(3)
Radek Stepanek (CZE) def. Peter Polansky (CAN) 7-6 (5), 6-4

Djokovic seems to be back on track with his clean win over Muller in his first tournament since his third round loss at Wimbledon. He takes on Stepanek in the third round 

Ryan Harrison (USA) def. (9) John Isner (USA) 7-6(3), 6-7(4), 6-4
(5) Tomas Berdych (CZE) def. Berna Coric (CRO) 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
 
Harrison took down his countryman in a grueling three set battle, finally getting a break to win 6-4 in the third over the ninth seeded Isner. Harrison will face the fifth seeded Berdych, who had some trouble in his three set win over Coric. 

(4) Milos Ranoic (CAN) def. Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) 6-3, 6-3
Jarod Donaldson (USA) def. Fabio Fognini (ITA) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

Hometown favorite Ranoic continues on his quest for the Rogers title to follow up his second place finish at Wimbledon with an straight forward win over Lu. He will face the young up and coming American Donaldson, who won a lopsided match against Fognini. 

(10) Gael Monfils (FRA) def. Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 7-6(6), 6-0
(7) David Goffin (BEL) def. Sam Querrey (USA) 6-4, 2-1 ret.
 
Tenth seeded Monfils is playing the most consistent tennis of his career and the benefits of this were obvious in his win over young Canadian Pospisil. He faces the seventh seeded Goffin, the quiet Belgium, who got a win when Querrey retired early the second set due to back issues. 

Ivo Karlovic (CRO) def. (8) Marin Cilic (CRO) 6-4, 7-6(3)
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) def. Denis Shapovalov (CAN) 6-4, 6-3

In the aftermath of his recent split with coach Goran Ivanisevic, it seems Cilic is a bit lost, evident in his surprising loss to journeyman Karlovic. Karlovic will take on Dimitrov, who seems to have shaken off the pressures he succumbed to in recent years and is back on track with a quick defeat of the exciting young Canadian Shapovalov. 

Rajeev Ram (USA) def. (13) Lucas Pouille (FRA) 6-4, 7-6(5)
(3) Kei Nishikori (JPN) def. Dennis Novikov (USA) 6-4, 7-5

Third seeded Nishikori continues to play well, taking down the former Bruin Novikov fairly easily. He will face American Ram, a journeyman who stepped up his game to defeat the exciting Frenchman Pouille. 

Kevin Anderson (RSA) def. (6) Dominic Thiem (AUT) 4-1, ret. 
(12) Bernard Tomic (AUS) def. Steven Diez (CAN) 6-3, 7-6(4)

At last, the killer schedule that Thiem has had in 2016 seems to have gotten to him. He was forced to retire against the unseeded Anderson, citing hip issues. Let's hope this promising young Austrian recovers quickly, as many are excited to see how he will do at this year's US Open. Anderson will play Tomic in the next round, who had a bit of a test against the Canadian Diez. 

(16) Jack Sock (USA) def. Donald Young (USA) 6-4, 6-3
(2) Stan Wawrinka (SUI) def. Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) 7-6(3), 7-6(8)

The number two seed Wawrinka gritted through a tough match against Youzhny to outlast him in  two very close sets. Wawrinka will face the young Sock next, who had a very clean match against fellow American Young. 


Women's Results:

(LL)Varvara Lepchenko (USA) def. Naomi Broady (GBR) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. 
(15) Johanna Konta (GBR) def. Vania King (USA) 7-5, 6-1.
 
Lucky Loser Lepchenko, who was awarded a spot in the draw following the number one seed Muguruza's withdrawal, made the most of her lucky situation by taking down the streaky Brit Broady in a three set battle. She will face another Brit in Konta, who seems to be playing some of the best tennis of her career so far. 

Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) def. (11) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 6-2, 6-0
Kristina Kucova (SVK) def. (8) Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) 3-6, 6-4, 6-4

Canadians wait with bated breath to see if Bouchard is back to her 2014 self after her quick dismissal of the recently married Cibulkova. Bouchard will take on Kucova, who upset the eighth seeded Navarro in three sets. 

(4) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) def. Monica Niculescu (ROU) 6-1, 7-5. 
(16) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) def. Christina McHale (USA) 6-2, 7-5. 

The fourth seeded Radwanska sliced and diced her way to a straight set over quirky Niculescu. She will now face the streaky Pavlyuchenkova, who defeated the up and coming American McHale. 

(10) Madison Keys (USA) def. Madison Brengle (USA) 6-4, 6-3
(6) Venus Williams (USA) def. Barbora Strycova (CZE) 6-3, 6-0

The battle of the Madisons ended in favor of Keys, the heir-apparent to Serena for the next big hitting American woman, who beat Brengle in straight sets. Keys will now face Venus, who seems to be playing some of her best tennis, evident from her domination of Strycova. 

(9) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) def. Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) 7-5, 6-0
(12) Petra Kvitova (CZE) def. Andrea Petkovic (GER) 6-2, 6-4.
 
The veteran Kuznetsova continues to play well in 2016. She will face the twelfth seeded Kvitova, who easily handled Petkovic. 

(14) Karolina Pliskova (CZE) def. Sara Errani (ITA) RET.
(5) Simona Halep (ROU) def. Daria Gavrilova (AUS) 6-2, 6-3

Pliskova advances to the third round after Errani retires early in the match. The reasons for this are still unknown. Pliskova faces Halep, who seems to be on track for a strong tournament. 

(7) Roberta Vinci (ITA) def. Camila Giorgi (ITA) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
Daria Kasatkina (RUS) def. (13) Samantha Stosur (AUS) 7-6(1), 6-3
 
Vinci outlasted Giorgi in the all Italian match up, finally winning in three. Vinci now faces Kasatkina, who registered one of the biggest upsets of the tournament so far with her straight set defeat of Stosur. 

(17) Elina Svitolina (UKR) def. Francoise Abanda (CAN) 7-6(2), 7-6(3)
(2) Angelique Kerber (GER) def. Mirjana Lucic- Baroni (CRO) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
Svitolina survived the young Canadian, barely winning in two very close sets. Abanda showed the crowd her promising play, and gave them something to cheer for right up until the very end. At this point, the tournament is Kerber's to lose, and she barely hung on for a three set defeat of Lucic-Baroni. We will see how Kerber handles Svitolina's strong play. 
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