Everyone's talking instant replay

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 9:03 AM ET

Upon further review, instant replay has been a hot topic of conversation this week at the Rogers Cup.

Players are still growing accustomed to the new system heading into the upcoming U.S. Open, the first Grand Slam event to impliment the format.

So much so, in fact, the stats indicate the players have been more wrong than right when issuing the challenges.

"The players don't always think when they're challenging it that it's definitely in or out. They just want confirmation of the call so they can put it to the back of their head," said Scotland's Andy Murray.

"I think the fans enjoy it, and that's the most important thing."

Each player is allowed two challenges per set to review line calls. If the player is correct he retains the same number of challenges; if not, he loses one. Each player receives one additional challenge during a tie brake.

World No. 1 Roger Federer is not a huge fan. When asked what he expected from instant replay at the U.S. Open, he replied: "Nothing."

Praising Polansky

Federer had some kind words for Thornhill's Peter Polansky, 18.

The two men hit balls together prior to Federer's quarter-final match against Xavier Malisse last night.

"I think he has a nice game and good-looking technique," Federer said. "Of course, for me it's hard (because) I've never seen him play a match or really practice hard.

"He seems like a nice guy. The way he's playing, at least the way he's hitting the ball, I see definite potential in him."

From hero to zero

Fame proved to be fleeting for the Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych.

Less than 24 hours after eliminating world No. 2 Rafael Nadal, Berdych made no excuses after being bounced 6-4, 6-1 by Richard Gasquet of France.

"When you finish the match like with Rafael, yeah, everything is fine and the emotion is there," Berdych said.

"But then you have to concentrate on the next one because in a tournament like this you have to play every single day.

"(Gasquet) was great today."


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