Rogers Cup: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic ease into last 16 in Toronto

first_imgRafael Nadal had to wait before his second-round Rogers Cup match due to rain but when the match got underway, he was as smooth as you would like in Toronto against Frenchman Benoit Paire on Wednesday.Nadal came to the court and registered a speedy 6-2 6-3 over Paire to breeze into the third round.Earlier in the day, Novak Djokovic kept his bid for a fifth Rogers Cup title alive with a 6-3 6-4 win over Canadian wildcard Peter Polansky.World No.1 Nadal, who had to wait little over an hour to kick off the evening session after its original start time, had some problems with his serve towards the fag end of the match but the Spaniard still managed to finish off Benoit Paire in only 74 minutes in the second-round tie.Nadal came out all guns blazing with a dazzling array of shots, forcing Paire to race around the blue hard court right from the word go. The frustration got to Paire and he even launched his racket on one ocassion after he failed to return a Nadal shot, which gave Rafa a 5-2 lead.Nadal was made to work harder in the second where the players exchanged breaks over six consecutive games before the world number one finally held in the ninth to seal the match when Paire sent a service return wide.”Of course I was not at 100 percent today,” Nadal, 32, told reporters. “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.”advertisementNadal 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).DJOKOVIC EASES INTO LAST 16Locked in, here to win.Djokovic overcomes a strong test from Polansky, but eventually outguns him in a battle from the baseline, winning 6-3, 6-4 to reach the third round. #RogersCup pic.twitter.com/UW6dQ1EOakRogers Cup (@rogerscup) August 8, 2018The ninth-seeded Serb, competing in his first tournament since his Wimbledon triumph last month, won a dominant 83 percent of his first service points and wrapped up the day’s opening match minutes before the first of several rain delays.”I thought I served well in the moments when I really need it and I was looking for the first serve,” said Djokovic.”I thought I found pretty good accuracy and angles with the first serve, and also my second serve worked pretty well. Overall my game was so-and-so. In the moments when I probably needed to step it up, I did.”Next up for Djokovic in the round of 16 is Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas, who upset Austrian seventh seed Dominic Thiem 6-3 7-6(6).A win for Djokovic would set up a potential quarter-final clash with German second seed Alexander Zverev, who advanced to the third round after a 6-4 6-4 win over Bradley Klahn.Also advancing to the third round were Wimbledon runner-up Kevin Anderson, fifth seed Grigor Dimitrov, sixth seed Marin Cilic, eighth seed John Isner, Dutchman Robin Haase and Russian Karen Khachanov, who upset Spanish 12th seed Pablo Carreno Busto 6-4 7-6(3).(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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