Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray was an easy
second-round winner, while London Games bronze medalist Juan Martin del Potro
went by way of the upset Wednesday at the $2.649 million Rogers Cup tennis
event, the sixth of nine ATP Masters tournaments this year.
The second-seeded Murray, who's a two-time Rogers Cup champion, won his
seventh straight match overall by handling Italian qualifier Flavio Cipolla
6-1, 6-3 in 1 hour, 22 minutes on the hardcourts at Rexall Centre. The
powerful Brit was not broken in the predictable victory.
Murray upset Roger Federer in Sunday's marquee men's singles gold-medal match
at the All England Club, where the British star lost to the Swiss great in the
Wimbledon finale last month.
The high-flying Murray's third-round opponent will be 16th-seeded rising
Canadian star Milos Raonic.
The sixth-seeded former U.S. Open champion del Potro, following an opening-
round bye, succumbed to Czech veteran Radek Stepanek 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) on Day 3.
Stepanek fired nine aces past his tall Argentine counterpart.
Del Potro was the 2009 Rogers Cup runner-up to Murray in Montreal, as this
event shifts between Montreal and Toronto each year.
Another big Wednesday upset came when Jeremy Chardy doused third-seeded fellow
Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 7-6 (7-4). Chardy fired 10 aces and was not
broken, while Tsonga popped eight aces, but was broken once, in the opening
Meanwhile, fourth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych avoided an upset by holding off
improving Frenchman Julien Benneteau 6-7 (10-12), 6-4, 6-4, while fifth-seeded
Serb Janko Tipsarevic got past gritty Russian Mikhail Youzhny, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4.
Tenth-seeded Croat Marin Cilic handled former Australian Open runner-up Marcos
Baghdatis of Cyprus 7-5, 6-3, while 12th-seeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber
drubbed Italian qualifier Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-2.
Other second-round action saw 14th-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet dismiss
Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 7-5 and Spaniard Marcel Granollers oust
15th-seeded German Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-4. Gasquet was the Rogers Cup runner-
up in Montreal in 2006.
The newest Rogers Cup champ will collect $522,550.
The Sports Network