Nadal leads way into Toronto third round - Omni Sports

Nadal leads way into Toronto third round - Omni Sports

Next up for Nadal is due to be Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka after he came from behind to beat Hungary's Márton Fucsovics 1-6, 7-6, 7-6. That contest was also remembered for Kyrgios insulting his opponent's girlfriend Donna Vekic.

Novak Djokovic hits a shot during his straight sets win over Peter Polansk at the Canadian Open in Toronto. "I think I did a good job of finishing the job today". Tiafoe will face Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., in the second round. He also fired five aces - including four in the second set alone - and won 73 per cent of his first service points.

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.

Nadal showed glimpses of his brilliance best as the 17-time grand slam victor responded to every challenge presented to him in a challenging second set.

Top seed Rafael Nadal of Spain opened the evening session on centre court with a 6-2, 6-3 win over France's Benoit Paire.

"It's true that with my serve in the second set I had some troubles but my return was working well ... it was more about the mistakes from the baseline in my opinion".

All the quarter-finals matches to be played on Friday in Toronto.

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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 (7-0).

Azarenka stormed through the first nine games of the match before France's Mladenovic got on the board. Winning 1-6, 7-5, 7-5, it's great for me.

"Of course the good results would be good for the confidence but the conditions are completely different - courts, the ball especially".

"No matter what tournament or who you're playing against, you have to figure things out as you go". "I took a few weeks off after Wimbledon so I knew I had to come here, play a lot of matches, and also to get used to the hard courts again".

The Russian is 5-0 all time against the 229th-ranked Karatantcheva, who was playing in her first WTA main draw in more than a year.

It was his second career win at a Masters 1000 event and first since an opening-round victory at Indian Wells against fellow Canadian Vasek Pospisil in April that made him the first player born in the 21st century to win an ATP Tour-level match.

It was a routine outing for ninth seed Djokovic as the Serbian star defeated Polansky 6-3 6-4.