Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Olympic bronze medalist Juan Martin del Potro
suffered a second-round loss Wednesday at the $2.649 million Rogers Cup
tennis event, the sixth of nine ATP Masters tournaments this year.
The sixth-seeded former U.S. Open champion del Potro succumbed to Czech
veteran Radek Stepanek 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) on the hardcourts at Rexall Centre.
Stepanek fired nine aces past his tall Argentine counterpart.
Del Potro was the 2009 Rogers Cup runner-up in Montreal, as this event shifts
between Montreal and Toronto each year.
Fifth-seeded Serb Janko Tipsarevic avoided an upset by getting past gritty
Russian Mikhail Youzhny, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4.
Meanwhile, 10th-seeded Croat Marin Cilic handled former Australian Open
runner-up Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 7-5, 6-3 and 12th-seeded German
Philipp Kohlschreiber drubbed Italian qualifier Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-2.
Other second-round action saw 14th-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet dismiss
Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 7-5 and Spaniard Marcel Granollers oust
15th-seeded German Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-4. Gasquet was the runner-up here in
Montreal back in 2006.
The newest Rogers Cup champ will collect $522,550.
The Sports Network