A Very American Coup By Michael – Louis Ingram, Editor-in-Chief...
The charismatic Monfils,with his flare for the athletic beat hard hitting Victor Troicki,3-6,7-6,7-6 in Montreal,continually coming back from break points.He was clearly a crowd favorite in the French speaking country as he hails from France.
Williams came from behind in Toronto to beat J.
Zheng of China, 4-6,6-3,6-3 much to the delight of the crowd. Sure she wants to win the event but her sights are set on the more prestigious US Open beginning on August 29 at Flushing Meadows.
Tsonga perhaps had the biggest upset of the evening,beating no. 3 Roger Federer, 6-7,7-6,6-1. The former no. 1 in the world seemed resigned to defeat in the third set,uncharacteristically being broken twice and easily.
Tsonga,also from France was not the crowd favorite as Federer remains,even at age 30 the most popular player in the world.
Federer has now fallen three straight times to Tsonga,including this year at Wimbledon in the quarters and last year in Toronto despite leading 5-1 in the third set.
The Rogers Cup,in addition to Key Biscayne are the most prestigious events in the tennis world after the Majors and always draw huge crowds and the top players.Montreal was completely sold out for the Monfils and Tsonga evening.