Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
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Toronto Masters: Nadal breezes into third round

Toronto Masters: Nadal breezes into third round

Djokovic, the ninth seed in Toronto, took care of his serve in the win over his Bosnian opponent.

Four-times champion Novak Djokovic and top seed Nadal advanced to the third round of the weather-interrupted event.

Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., and Montreal's Felix Auger-Aliassime played their first-round matches later Tuesday.

Djokovic, 31, took 84 minutes on Wednesday to advance with seven aces and two breaks of serve while never facing a break point against Toronto-based wild card Polansky, the world number 121. "I think I did a good job of that today", Sharapova said.

The International Tennis Federation's controversial revamp would see the Davis Cup morph into a World Cup of Tennis final featuring 18 countries - and address complaints that the heavy time commitment drives away the top players. Overall, my game was so-and-so.

"I'm very pleased, I needed a match like this.

Tsitsipas, who beat Austrian seventh seed Dominic Thiem in the second round here, will next face either second seed Zverev or Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev.

Nadal, playing for the first time since a five-set loss to Djokovic in the Wimbledon semifinals, topped France's Benoit Paire 6-2 6-3 in a night match after a series of stoppages due to rain.


The best match of the day lived up to the billing as Stan Wawrinka edged Nick Kyrgios in a thriller 1-6, 7-5, 7-5.

And Wawrinka had the opportunity to force a deciding set at 5-4 but Nadal broke back - an extraordinary forehand victor sparking a wild celebration and providing the latter with the chance he needed to triumph.

American Frances Tiafoe defeated Italy's Marco Cecchinato 7-6 (7/3), 6-1, Greek rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas accounted for Damir Dzumhur 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) and 14th seed Fabio Fognini, victor of two of his last three tournaments, beat American Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-4.

Earlier Wednesday, tournament officials announced that Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina had withdrawn because of a left wrist injury.

In another first-round upset, Robin Haase of the Netherlands downed Japan's Kei Nishikori 7-5, 6-1. "But I just played not that great, especially from the baseline".

"I really want to do well", Djokovic said.

Returning to serve for the set at 6-5, Nadal producing a stunning display of tennis to draw first blood against the shell-shocked Wawrinka.

The unseeded Cornet advanced to a third-round meeting with 15th-seeded Ashleigh Barty of Australia, a 7-6 (9-7), 6-2 victor over Belgium's Alison Van Uytvanck. In other second-round action Wednesday, second-seed Zverev defeated American Bradley Klahn.

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