Canadian wild card earns Rogers Cup upset

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:19 PM ET

Peter Polansky would like nothing better than to distance himself from the story that to this point defines his tennis career.

He took another step in that direction last night.

Polansky, the top-ranked Canadian and the man best known for sleep-walking through a window and falling three stories in a gory episode in Mexico, pulled off the biggest upset of his young career knocking off world No. 15 Austrian Jurgen Melzer in straight sets last night.

Battle

The 22-year-old Thornhill native won a battle of baseliners relying on an overpowering first serve and a never-say-die attitude to get by Melzer 7-6 (8-6), 6-4.

To put the upset in perspective Polansky is ranked 207th in the world and has earned just over $27,000 this year.

Melzer has earned just over $1-million so far this season and made a name for himself at the French Open earlier when he took out then No. 3 Novak Djokovic in five sets to earn a berth in the semi-finals.

Melzer would eventually lose to Rafael Nadal in that semi-final but his year had already been made.

Polansky made headlines off the court in 2006 while playing as an alternate for Canada during Davis Cup play in Mexico.

He had just arrived, practiced, and headed back to the hotel where he had dinner and then fell asleep.

A nightmare involving an intruder with a knife resulted in Polansky kicking through the glass window to escape and falling the three storeys. Miraculously he suffered only serious gashes, no broken bones, but the gashes were significant.

It took over 400 stitches to sew him up and that only after doctors in Mexico seriously debated amputating his leg for more than two days. Eventually surgery was decided upon and Polanskys career survived.

Now hes the toast of Toronto.

Next up for the headband-wearing Polansky is Romanian Victor Hanescu who defeated Polanskys fellow Thornhill professional Milos Raonic in a match earlier yesterday.

The last time a Canadian pulled off such an upset in this tourament was all the way back in 2003 when Simon Larose defeated No. 14 Gustavo Kuerten in the first round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.


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