Wild-card Canuck Polansky advances to Rogers Cup 2nd round

Peter Polansky of Canada returns a shot to Jerzy Janowicz of Poland during Rogers Cup at Rexall...

Peter Polansky of Canada returns a shot to Jerzy Janowicz of Poland during Rogers Cup at Rexall Centre at York University on August 4, 2014. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFP)

IAN SHANTZ, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:37 AM ET

Canadian Peter Polansky is situated well below his first-round opponent in the ATP World Tour rankings, but that didn't stop the Thornhill, Ont. resident from pulling off a significant upset at his hometown Rogers Cup on Monday night.

The 129th-ranked Polansky, who received a wild-card entry into the Masters 1000 event — conveniently located down the road from his home — stunned 52nd-ranked Jerzy Janowicz of Poland with a gutsy 7-6(5), 6-4 win on Centre Court at the Rexall Centre.

Polansky, one of two Canadian wild-card entrants — the other is Frank Dancevic — harnessed the encouragement of his home crowd en route to the thrilling upset win over Janowicz, a semifinalist at Wimbledon last year.

With the victory, Polansky booked a ticket into the second round, albeit against a less-than-desirable opponent. The 27-year-old will take on world No. 3 and two-time Rogers Cup champion Roger Federer on Tuesday night, again on Centre Court.


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