Levine eyes some o' that home lovin'

MIKE GANTER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:18 AM ET

With the Canadian content falling by the wayside at the Rogers Cup, Jesse Levine has a request.

Officially, he is here representing the U.S. But having been born in Nepean and moving to the States at the age of 13, he wouldn't mind picking up a little of the love the crowds up at the Rexall Centre have been showing the home-grown talent.

Levine, 20, travels under a U.S. passport, but says it wouldn't be much of a problem to re-Canadianize himself.

There was no love for Levine yesterday, however, as he was up against one of only two remaining Canadians in the singles draw in Thornhill's Peter Polansky.

Even with a handful of his Ottawa-area buddies doing their best to get some of the crowd on his side, Levine was pretty much playing two foes, the crowd and Polansky.

Despite the support however, Polansky, who is ranked 276th on the ATP charts, could not overcome his step-fellow countryman, falling 6-2, 6-4 to the Florida resident who is ranked No. 123 in the world.

With Polansky out and Frank Dancevic eliminated last night, the lone remaining Canadians in this tournament are on the doubles side: Daniel Nestor and Dancevic -- who is Levine's partner .

" I think (the crowd) helped Peter out a lot today," Levine said. "Getting fans behind you is a big thing. They always get behind Frank (Dancevic) when he goes out there.

"I watched his match Monday night. Obviously, I'm playing doubles with him and we're good friends. It's definitely good to see the crowd get behind them, and hopefully I can get a little bit of that behind me when I play Rafa."

Rafa, of course would be world No. 2 Rafael Nadal, who Levine gets in his next singles match today. Levine admitted he had no idea yesterday how he would attack such a formidable opponent, but getting the crowd on his side would be a nice start.


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