Gonzalez puts on a show

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:30 AM ET

It's a good thing Fernando Gonzalez is slightly bow-legged.

The tournament's No. 15 seed produced the shot of the tournament yesterday by firing one of those back-to-the-net, between-the-legs shots you see on the highlight reels now and then.

Gonzo's heroics proved to be a key point in his marathon 6-4, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3) upset of fourth seed Ivan Ljubicic on the Stadium Court at the Rexall Centre.

Gonzalez admitted completing the same shot two weeks ago in a tournament in Los Angeles.

"Today I was a little bit lucky. Maybe if you try it 10 times, you can do it (once or twice) especially in that moment. I was at the net, he passed me and I said, "That's it, I'm going to go for it."

It was a marathon day at the Rogers Cup as five of the eight singles matches went the full three sets.

Blown away

Several players had problems with the gusty conditions at the Rexall Centre yesterday, but you won't hear Great Britain's Andy Murray complaining.

Murray, who is unseeded at this tournament, reached the quarter-finals with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Spain's Carlos Moya on the Stadium Court, earning him a date against Finland's Jarkko Nieminen.

"I think, compared to my last two matches, it was windier," Murray said. "I don't know if it was worse on the outside courts today, but it was pretty windy.

"You know, it's a nice court. The bounces go up pretty high. It's not too slow. It suits my game pretty well."

Centre stage for Nestor

Canada's one remaining hope, Daniel Nestor, takes centre stage today when he and doubles partner Mark Knowles meet Simon Aspelin and Todd Perry on the Stadium Court in the quarters. The match is slated to follow the Murray-Nieminen singles match.


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