Well, reigning Wimbledon Champ Andy Murray’s straight sets loss to Ernests Gulbis was the big upset on Thursday at the Rogers Cup in Montreal but it might not have been the most upsetting thing that happened in a surprisingly controversial day of tennis.
By the way this tweet from Andy makes me like him more than I’d like to admit:
What a tennis geek! Glad he’s still alive in doubles, with partner Colin Fleming.
Now for Berdych’s underhanded move – though this one did make me laugh:
Hey, desperate times. . . Berdych ended up losing the match to the Canadian wildcard Vasek Pospisil. (And wait, isn’t the underhanded serve technically legal? What is that umpire talking about?)
The top ranked Canadian, Milos Raonic, stirred up the controversy of the tournament so far. He failed to acknowledge (until after the match) that he touched the net with his foot during a key point that ended up earning him an undeserved break point in the second set. Umpire Mohamed Lahyani apparently made a mistake in not calling the point for Del Potro.
Raonic’s hijinks, including a 12 minute medical time out for a sore arm, almost overshadowed the fact that he actually won the match: 7-5, 6-4 . I don’t think the Canadian crowd will hold it against him, but Del Po just might:
In Toronto, Wimbledon champ Marion Bartoli retired from her match due to an abdominal injury in her match vs. Rybarikova.
Men’s quarterfinals are set as follows: Djokovic vs. Gasquet, Nadal vs. qualifier Marinko Matosevic, Pospisil vs. Davydenko (where did he come from?). and Raonic vs. Gulbis.
And the women’s quarterfinals: Serena vs. Rybarikova, Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Errani, Cibulkova vs. Li and Kvitova vs. Cirstea