Nadal routs Paire to reach third round in Toronto

Silvia Morton
August 12, 2018

He held serve to open the set and wrong-footed Djokovic after the veteran served at deuce, setting up an overhead smash for the advantage before a brilliant backhand victor secured a 2-0 lead.

'But I remained calm.

"I knew he had some issues in some particular shots in his game, I would say".

"I didn't return well".

Second-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany, the victor last week in Washington, beat American Bradley Klahn 6-4, 6-4, and fourth-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa edged Russia's Evgeny Donskoy 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (0).

Also, Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation beat 12th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain 6-4, 7-6 (3); Ilya Ivashka of Belarus topped American Ryan Harrison 7-6 (5), 6-4; and American Frances Tiafoe edged Canada's Milos Raonic 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-1.

Djokovic has been stunned by the teenager Tsitsipas in Toronto.

Tsitsipas is guaranteed to rise to a career-high ranking no matter what happens in his next match. "It gave me the win at the end". Obviously, back then, I think 2009, he was a little bit of a different player back then. "I was fearless. I played exactly how I had to play at that moment".

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The opening match - a 6-3, 6-4 win for four-time champion Novak Djokovic over Canada's Peter Polansky - was delayed by approximately one hour.

Tsitsipas raised his arms and tossed his racket in the air after sealing the win.

Rafael Nadal was made to wait before his second-round Rogers Cup match due to several rain delays but did his part to put the schedule back on track with a speedy 6-2 6-3 win over Frenchman Benoit Paire on Wednesday.

The scheduled afternoon start was a quick turnaround for Shapovalov, who downed France's Jeremy Chardy in straight sets in the first round Tuesday evening in front of a packed and supportive crowd at centre court that included Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid and former Ottawa Senators star Jason Spezza.

Nadal will face Stan Wawrinka in the round of 16 after the Swiss rallied to beat Hungarian Marton Fucsovics 1-6 7-6 (2) 7-6 (10).

Tsitsipas was ranked 168th in the world a year ago but has since rocketed to No. 27.

He defeated seventh-seeded Dominic Thiem of Australia earlier this week and will be looking to avenge a semi-final loss to Zverev last week in Washington. In the USA capital, he got a big win over world No. 11 David Goffin before falling to eventual champion Alexander Zverev, who he plays next in Toronto.

"I'll take it as a good experience and look forward to the next event". Nadal opens his 2018 Rogers Cup campaign in Toronto on Wednesday.

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