Omni Sports: Nadal leads way into Toronto third round

12 Août, 2018, 19:09 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
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World number one Rafael Nadal has said that a good performance in the Rogers Cup would boost his confidence ahead of the upcoming fourth major of the season, US Open.

The Serbian will play Pole Peter Polansky in the second round.

"Overall, my game was so-and-so. I just need to get used to play like this, and I don't have any doubt that I will".

In other matches, Robin Haase of the Netherlands downed Japan's Kei Nishikori 7-5, 6-1.

Awaiting him in the third round is Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas, who upset Austrian seventh seed Dominic Thiem in a 6-3, 7-6 win.

Wawrinka, a three-time Grand Slam champion, came into the tournament ranked 195th in the world as he looks to get back into form following knee surgery.

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).

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.

Teenaged prodigy Shapovalov eliminated Italian 14th seed Fabio Fognini victor last weekend in Los Cabos, 6-3, 7-5.

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

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In the women's event, being held at the Stade IGA in Montreal, German Angelique Kerber's first match since she won Wimbledon saw her suffer defeat to France's Alizé Cornet.

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.

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

"And now that the tournament is here, it's like I have another priority".

Pavlyuchenkova is leading 4-3 with the match due to resume tomorrow. Second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, and No. 13 Venus Williams never started their second-round matches.

Third-seeded American Sloane Stephens, meanwhile, progressed through to the third round with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Canada's Françoise Abanda.

MONTREAL (AP) - Maria Sharapova advanced to the second round of the Rogers Cup with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over qualifier Sesil Karatantcheva of Bulgaria on Tuesday. "Losing in this kind of tournament, it's not something I don't care about". I know from my experience if I play well here and Cincinnati it's a little bit easier to play well at the US Open but not decisive.

Sharapova next faces another Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia, who is ranked sixth in the world.

The Canadian wild card saved 5-of-6 break points and converted on 3-of-6.

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