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Djokovic, Nadal advance despite Toronto rain

12 August 2018

Nadal, playing for the first time since a five-set loss to Djokovic in the Wimbledon semifinals, topped France's Benoit Paire 6-2 6-3 in a night match after a series of stoppages due to rain. (Nadal has won three Rogers Cup titles - 2005, 2008 and 2013 - but his 2005 and 2013 titles came when the event was played at Montreal). "So I am very pleased".

The Serbian, who opened his campaign with victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina's Mirza Bašić yesterday, defeated the Canadian wildcard 6-3, 6-4 in 84 minutes to reach the third round of the Association of Tennis Professionals Masters 1000 event. Overall, my game was so-and-so. "So I'll just focus on this week and see how it goes".

That triggered a run from Nadal, who had two opportunities to close out the first set before rain delayed play for 46 minutes.

The 32-year-old will bid for the quarter-finals in Toronto for the first time since 2015 when he plays Stan Wawrinka, who staged another fightback in three sets, beating Marton Fucsovics 1-6, 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (12/10). Haase beat Mikhail Youzhny of Russian Federation 7-5, 6-2. Italy's Fabio Fognini, the No. 14 seed coming off a victory at Los Cabos, fell out with a 6-3, 7-5 (14) loss to Canada's Denis Shapovalov.

Earlier Wednesday, tournament officials announced Argentine star Juan Martin del Potro had withdrawn from the Rogers Cup with a left wrist injury.

"I remained tough", Tsitsipas said.

In another first-round upset, Robin Haase of the Netherlands downed Japan's Kei Nishikori 7-5, 6-1.

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Returning to serve for the set at 6-5, Nadal producing a stunning display of tennis to draw first blood against the shell-shocked Wawrinka.

Basic did well to hold serve and pull ahead, but the more experienced Djokovic kept calm and booked his place in the second round, where he will face Canadian Peter Polansky.

Elsewhere, Maria Sharapova made quick work of Bulgarian qualifier Sesil Karatantcheva, easily winning 6-1, 6-2 in a renewal of their former teenage rivalry.

Kerber, from Germany wilted in the sticky heat at IGA Stadium in her first match since Wimbledon.

"(I need) the consistency of playing on a high level match after match, I haven't had that postsurgery for several months", Djokovic said. "I think I did a good job of that today", Sharapova said. So I'm not the type of player to really, the type of guy, in general, to get excited for wins.

Play was also suspended in the match between world number one Simona Halep of Romania and Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, and No. 13 Venus Williams never started their second-round matches.

Djokovic, Nadal advance despite Toronto rain