Category: Tennis Published on Wednesday, 01 August 2012 16:39 Written by Sarah Grossman
After enjoying a perfect day on Monday, Canada came close to posting two major upsets on Tuesday, but ultimately had their medal hopes dashed after three losses at the Olympic Games in London.
In men’s singles, Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON) was in tough against world no. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. The match was played under two
different circumstances thanks to a rain delay at the start of the third set. Raonic seemed to have the momentum on his side after winning the second set to force a decisive third frame. When the players returned following the rain delay, they took turns holding serve until Tsonga converted his fourth match point after three hours and 56 minutes of play to post a historic 6-3, 3-6, 25-23 victory.
The encounter set a new Olympic record for number of games played in a match with 66, eclipsing the old record of 48 set by Fernando Gonzalez of Chile and American Taylor Dent at the 2004 Summer Games in Athens. Tsonga will take on Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in the third round while Raonic will now head to Toronto for the Rogers Cup which will be held from August 4-12. He is currently scheduled to play his first match during the evening session on Tuesday, August 7 (subject to change). His first-round opponent will bedetermined at the draw this coming weekend.
The Canadian duo of Daniel Nestor (Toronto, ON) and Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver, BC) almost caused an upset in doubles against the
third-seeded Serbian team of Janko Tipsarevic and Nenad Zimonjic, but they ultimately fell 6-4, 6-7(5), 11-9 in two hours, 22 minutes.
Nestor, who was seeking a second Olympic medal after winning gold with Sébastien Lareau at the Sydney Games in 2000, entered the mixed doubles draw with Aleksandra Wozniak (Blainville, QC). The Canadians are currently third on the alternates list should there be a withdrawal.
Aleksandra Wozniak lost her second round singles match to American Venus Williams on Tuesday. The five-time Wimbledon champion showcased her prowess on grass en route to a 6-1, 6-3 win in 57 minutes. Wozniak, who was the first Canadian woman to compete in the Olympic Games since Sonya Jeyasselan in 2000, will be returning home to Montreal for the Rogers Cup next week.