MONTREAL: Prime-seeded Rafael Nadal and second seed Roger Federer cruised to straightforward victories Wednesday of their opening matches on the Rogers Cup.
Nadal breezed previous Borna Coric of Croatia 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the third spherical, whereas Federer routed Canadian Peter Polansky, 6-2, 6-1 in fifty three minutes.
Nadal, a 3-time Rogers Cup winner who will depose the absent Andy Murray as world primary if he reaches the semi-finals in Montreal this week, will subsequent play Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov, who downed 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin De Potro 6-three, 7-6 (7-four) on a gusty Wednesday afternoon.
The 18-yr-previous Shapovalov turned the youngest participant to succeed in the spherical of sixteen of a Grasp Collection event since Nadal in 2004 at Miami.
Federer, a two-time Rogers Cup champion ranked third on the planet, has had a shock resurgence this season by posting his 18th and nineteenth profession Grand Slam wins on the Australian Open and Wimbledon.
He has misplaced solely two of 34 matches this yr, will subsequent play Spain’s David Ferrer who prevailed in a 3-setter towards American Jack Sock 7-6 (9-7), three-6, 6-1.
Elsewhere on Wednesday, France’s Gael Monfils saved 4 match factors earlier than digging deep to defeat Japanese fifth seed Kei Nishikori in an attritional three-set duel.
Monfils prevailed 6-7 (four-7), 7-5, 7-6 (eight-6) to advance. He’ll face Roberto Bautista Agut within the third spherical after the Spaniard downed American Ryan Harrison 7-5, 6-2.
There was virtually one other French Houdini act within the night session, when Richard Gasquet fought again from triple match level right down to earn three match factors within the remaining set of his duel with Germany’s Alexander Zverev.
Fourth-seed Zverev nevertheless fought again brilliantly to say victory in a tiebreak, profitable 6-three, four-6, 7-6 (7-three).
Zverev will now face Australia’s Nick Kyrgios within the final sixteen. Kyrgios swatted apart Victor Troicki 6-1, 6-2.
In different outcomes, third-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria was upset 6-four, 6-7 (7-9), 7-5 by Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman, Canadian sixth seed Milos Raonic misplaced 6-four, 6-four to Frenchman Adrian Mannarino whereas ninth seed David Goffin was surprised 7-5, 6-three by South Korean Hyeon Chung.
Seventh-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov topped German Mischa Zverev 6-three, three-6, 6-three and Robin Haase of the Netherlands defeated fortunate loser Ernesto Escobedo 6-four, 6-1.
RAGGED WIN FOR PLISKOVA
Within the ladies’s event in Toronto, Karolina Pliskova started her reign as world primary with a ragged 6-three, 6-three second spherical win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Pliskova, enjoying in her first event since her shock second spherical defeat at Wimbledon, struggled with a misfiring first serve and was responsible of some lapses in focus.
Nevertheless, the lanky Czech was by no means critically threatened as she disposed her nineteenth ranked Russian opponent in a tidy 70 minutes.
Fourth-ranked Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza additionally superior with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens, second seed Simona Halep took care of shock Wimbledon semi-finalist Magdalena Rybarikova with a comparatively simple 6-three, 6-four win, whereas third seed German Angelique Kerber outlasted Donna Vekic 6-four, 7-6 (7-5).
American Venus Williams, enjoying in her first event since reaching the ultimate at Wimbledon, was pressured to attract on all of her huge expertise earlier than overcoming Czech teenager Katerina Siniakova 7-5, 7-5. The 37-yr-previous will subsequent face Elina Svitolina.
Two seeded Russian gamers have been amongst these to make an early exit.
Svetlana Kuznetsova, seeded eight, was the very best-profile casualty, tumbling out to Catherine Bellis of the USA 6-four, 7-5 whereas Elena Vesnina, the sixteenth seed, was despatched packing 6-three, 5-7, 6-four by Australia’s Ashleigh Barty.
However there was higher information for the Russian contingent as final week’s Citi Open champion Ekaterina Makarova saved two match factors and recovered from a set down to finish seventh seed Johanna Konta’s problem.
Konta, enjoying her first match since dropping within the Wimbledon semi-finals final month, was crushed 5-7, 7-6(7-four), 6-three.
Different seeds to fall by the wayside on Wednesday included Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova and Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia.
Fifteenth seed Sevastova crashed 6-three, 6-four to Japan’s Naomi Osaka whereas Lucie Safarova accounted for eleventh seed Cibulkova 6-2, 6-four.
Tenth seed Agnieszka Radwanska cruised simply previous Timea Babos 6-zero, 6-1, whereas Petra Kvitova was eradicated by Sloane Stephens 7-6 (7-four), three-6, 6-2.
Revealed in Daybreak, August eleventh, 2017
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