May 30, 2017

Canadian Polansky Upsets Another Top 100 Player to Reach Montreal Main Draw


By Dominique Cambron-Goulet

(August 4, 2013) MONTREAL – Facing Wimbledon’s quarterfinalist Lukasz Kubot in second round of the qualifying, Canadian Peter Polansky was carried by the crowd while his opponent lost his concentration for a 6-2, 6-4 victory.

A win against the eighth seed in qualifying Lukas Lacko, the 254th ranked player Polansky beat a second top 100’s player in two days at Rogers Cup with the defeat of Kubot. Polansky entered the qualifying draw as a wildcard.

The turning point was really early in the match as Polansky was able to break the Polish player twice in a row in the first set.  ”I was actually surprised, I wasn’t expecting to go double break in the first set,” admitted Polansky after the game.

Polansky confirmed his first break with a hard five deuce serve game, to lead first set 3-1. While serving to stay in the set, Kubot (leading 30-0) seemed mentally disturbed by a lucky backhand winner return from the Canadian player. Missing an easy cross-court volley, the 67th ranked player then served two double faults in a row to give Polansky an easy break.  “Maybe I got a little bit lucky there with the two double faults,”  he said.

The Polish player then argued with the referee about a call on a Polansky’s first serve as the Canadian was serving for the first set. It was a point that gave Polansky a mental upper hand. “I wasn’t expecting him to break down on that point at 30-30, but I didn’t think about it too much and kept playing my game,” said Polansky.

Polansky opened up with a break in the second set but Kubot came back and battled a hard fought set.“ I knew a top player isn’t gonna go away that easy,” alleged the Canadian.  Kubot seemed somehow desperate, and started to serve-volley a little bit more.

Breaking again at 4-4, Polansky took the crowd with him as he was serving for the match. “The crowd was so great for both of my matches, he assured. It’s like everyone in the stands wanted me to win!”  He gave Kubot no chance to come back leading the game 40-0 in no time and blanking him in the last game.

Peter Polansky is the sixth Canadian player to enter the main draw (the only one through qualifiers). It’s the first time that so many Canadians are in the main draw since 1987. That year Ivan Lendl won the tournament. Might it be a sign for Andy Murray?

Dominique Cambron-Goulet has been teaching tennis for ten years and is now a journalist in Montreal. Follow his reports  all week from Rogers Cup here and live on twitter @TennisNewsTPN.