Seeded players Juan Monaco, Mardy Fish, Richard Gasquet, and Tomas Berdych are through to the third round of 2012 Toronto Rogers Cup.
7th seed Argentine Monaco defeated domestic player Vasek Pospisil and entered the second round of Toronto for the first time. In a bizarre first set, Monaco gave away four of his serves, but nonetheless won the set as he broke his opponent’s serve five times. In the second set, the Argentine was consistent with his serving, whereas Pospisil dropped his serve in the crucial seventh game. End score: 7-5, 6-4.
Eleventh-seeded last year’s finalist Mardy Fish destroyed his Australian adversary Matthew Ebden in less than an hour. The Amercian gave away only two games, both of them in the first set. Fish thus booked his second round ticket with a 6-2, 6-0 victory, and will play Monaco next.
14th seed Gasquet played an hour and half long match against Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin. 2006 finalist Gasquet used one of his two break point opportunities in the first set, which was enough for going 1-0 up. In the second set, the opponents were tied until 5-5, when Kukushkin lost his second serve of the set after a long game, giving Gasquet a chance to finish off the match with a love game. The result: 6-3, 7-5.
Gasquet will face 4th-seeded Czech Berdych in the next round. The latter had a difficult match against unseeded French Julien Benneteau, who managed to take the first set by converting the fifth set point in the tie-break. Berdych had three break point opportunities prior to that, but failed to convert them. Nevertheless, he continued to serve perfectly in the next two sets, while taking Benneteau’s serve twice – winning the match with a 6-7 (10), 6-4, 6-4 scoreline.