Nadal into QFs after trumping Wawrinka in scintillating clash

Paola Ditto
Agosto 12, 2018

Djokovic is a four-time victor of the Rogers Cup and lost in the final in 2015, leaving the Serbian hopeful of hitting those heights again in Canada this time around.

Nadal looked set to run away with the match as he reeled off four successive games for a 2-0 advantage, only for Wawrinka to break back with a trademark backhand down the line.

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.

It has happened for me, the big comeback, winning a big trophy in Wimbledon, in the best possible scenario in the best possible setting.

"It was a good match, a very positive victory for me over a tough opponent", Nadal said.

"Whenever I'm at home, I just seem to loosen up with the crowd", Shapovalov said.

Four-time champion Novak Djokovic advanced to the third round of the Rogers Cup on Wednesday, beating Canadian wild-card Peter Polansky 6-3, 6-4.

"I played a solid match, in the second set I had some troubles, but my return worked well. I'm really happy with the level and the way I'm moving on the practice court, and I need to find how to put it in the match".

"I actually feel like there is more time now than before because the shot clock starts counting down once the chair umpire calls the score", Djokovic said. But the Canadian wilted after that, losing serve twice in the third set to knock him out of the tournament.

Heavy morning rain delayed the match by about an hour. Montreal's Felix Auger-Aliassime, competing on his 18th birthday, followed with a three-set loss to Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev.

He capitalised on his first match point with a cross-court forehand victor, sealing the biggest win of his career.

Canada's Daniel Nestor, the oldest player at the tournament at 45, was scheduled to play a first-round doubles match in the late afternoon.

As the second round got under way, there were delays-not for the first time-as rain storms passed over Toronto, but also news of the withdrawal of No3 seed Juan Martin del Potro with wrist problems.

Nestor is retiring following the Davis Cup in September.

Eighth-seeded John Isner, the American who won at Atlanta two weeks ago, beat France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 but Italy's 14th seed Fabio Fognini, coming off a victory at Los Cabos, suffered a 6-3 7-5 (16-14) defeat to Canadian young gun Denis Shapovalov.

The top eight seeds had gotten a bye to the second round.

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