Swiss superstar Roger Federer has arrived in Toronto for the first time since 2010, and will begin his campaign for a fourth Roger Cup title with a second round match-up against Canadian wildcard Peter Polansky, whom he has never encountered on the professional tour.
World No. 3 was bidding for his eighth Wimbledon title this month before falling to Djokovic in the five-set final. With Nadal’s absence from the coming two weeks on the tour, Federer has the opportunity to shorten the 6600 point gap between second and third place in the Emirates ATP Rankings. The tuneup events in Toronto and Cincinnati are crucial for Federer, who will be competing for his sixth US Open title, which would surpass Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors for the most US Open men’s singles titles in the Open Era.
Federer holds a 40-8 record so far this season and is riding a significant wave of momentum but will have to shrug off the rust from time off in July with his family in order to avoid any staggering upsets. Unlike his fellow members of the Big Four, Federer has been gifted with a relatively comfortable draw and features no Top 10 competitors until the quarter-final round.
To the delight of the Toronto crowd I attendance for the night session, Canadian wildcard Peter Polansky defeated Jerzy Janowicz 7-6, 6-4 to secure his spot in the second round of the tournament. Janowicz struck more aces and held a higher first serve percentage but ultimately was unable to save the crucial break of serve in the second set.
This marks the first time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Federer being the heavy favourite to win the anticipated contest. Polansky may put forth an interesting challenge for Federer but he is unlikely to get any support ahead of this contest against the Swiss No. 1.
Prediction: Roger Federer in Straight Sets