Nadal advances to third round in Rogers Cup

Novak Djokovic

It was the best win of my career'.

The opening match - a 6-3, 6-4 win for four-time champion Novak Djokovic over Canada's Peter Polansky - was delayed by approximately one hour.

This was after the Spaniard was made to wait before his second-round match due to several rain delays. "I think I did a good job of that today", Sharapova said.

"It's true that we had a clinker", he told Tennis World, "but time has gone since when we lift the spirits". Overall, my game was so-and-so.

The Serb, competing in singles for the first time since his Wimbledon triumph last month, was never in real danger during the first-round clash, but he still needed some time to figure out Basic before wrapping up the match in 90 minutes.

Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas set up a match against Djokovic, knocking off seventh-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6).

During one exchange, at 4-2 in the first set, Paire could only throw his racquet as he watched Nadal's volley float past him.The 32-time ATP World Tour Masters 1000 champion was playing for the first time since he fell in the Wimbledon semi-finals to eventual champion Novak Djokovic.

The Spanish world No.1 will face the victor of the match between Marton Fucsovics and Nick Kyrgios' first-round conqueror Stan Wawrinka.

Unseeded Canadian and former world number three Raonic was no match for Frances Tiafoe in a 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 6-1 loss.

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Teenaged prodigy Shapovalov eliminated Italian 14th seed Fabio Fognini victor last weekend in Los Cabos, 6-3, 7-5. Top-seeded Rafael Nadal of Spain was scheduled to face Benoit Paire of France at night.

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

Earlier Wednesday, tournament officials announced Argentine star Juan Martin del Potro had withdrawn from the Rogers Cup with a left wrist injury.

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

"I really want to do well", Djokovic said.

The inclement weather also forced Shapovalov to wait, but the Canadian had no issues dispatching Chardy 6-1 6-4. They played their first three career matches as teenagers, including a fiery affair on the outer courts at the 2004 Indian Wells tournament.

Cornet, ranked 30 places below world number four Kerber, won 6-4, 6-1 in the second round of the Women's Tennis Association Premier 5 tournament.

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

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