Nadal out; Federer, Djokovic advance
MONTREAL — Rafael Nadal is out at the Rogers Cup after a shocking 1-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) defeat in the second round against Croatia's Ivan Dodig on Wednesday night.
With the tiebreaker in the final set tied 5-5, Dodig — ranked 41st in the world — ripped a 135 miles-per-hour ace past Nadal, then finished the upset by hammering a backhand that the second-ranked Spanish star couldn't handle.
"This is the greatest moment of my life," Dodig said.
After an opening set that lasted only 33 minutes, a different Dodig stepped onto Centre Court at Uniprix Stadium for the second set. He provided a great show to the fans, who had to wait close to two hours to see the start of the match because of a rain delay.
Both players displayed a variety of shots, transforming what looked like an easy affair for Nadal after the opening set into a thrilling match.
Nadal started out with authority and seemed to have an answer for all of Dodig's shots. But Dodig turned the match around largely with his serve. The Croatian finished with 19 aces.
In the third set, Nadal broke Dodig's serve in the eighth game to take a 5-3 lead and had a chance to serve for the match. But Dodig refused to quit and broke back immediately.
In the tiebreaker, Dodig gave himself a match point with his 19th ace and put the finishing touch with a spectacular cross-court backhand, right on the line.
Dodig, who had 19 aces in the match, will face Serbia's Janko Tipsarevic in the next round. Tipsarevic beat Spain's Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3.
Earlier, Roger Federer defeated Vasek Pospisil of Canada 7-5, 6-3, and top-seeded Novak Djokovic survived a scare before defeating Russia's Nikolay Davydenko 7-5, 6-1.
At Toronto, world No. 1 and defending champion Caroline Wozniacki lost to Roberta Vinci 6-4, 7-5 in a second-round match at the Rogers Cup.
Wozniacki was up 5-1 in the second set and looking to rally from a set down. However, the No. 22-ranked Italian stormed back with three break points to complete the upset.
In other matches, former No. 1 Serena Williams and fifth-seeded Maria Sharapova both survived scares to advance.
Williams pulled out a tough second set to beat Julia Goerges 6-1, 7-6 (7), and Sharapova edged 19-year-old Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia 6-1, 7-5 in a chilly evening match.