Djokovic to third round, del Potro withdraws from Rogers Cup

Rex Christensen
August 12, 2018

At the Rogers Cup in Toronto, the Aussie raced to take the first set, but Wawrinka won the next two to seal the match 1-6 7-5 7-5.

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.

In a match which began slightly late due to heavy overnight rain which continued into the morning, ninth-seeded Wimbledon champion Djokovic repeated a victory he scored over the Canadian at the same tournament in 2009. Djokovic had nine aces and was good on 76 per cent of his first serves, converting 76 per cent of his first service points and 79 per cent of his second service points.

Del Potro, who had a bye in the first round after reaching the Los Cabos final last week, was set to play Robin Haase of the Netherlands.

Four-times champion Novak Djokovic and top seed Nadal advanced to the third round of the weather-interrupted event. "He's obviously had a tough 12 months with his injury, and it's good seeing him back winning some matches". "He's playing a good level".

The 13-time Grand Slam title victor has now won 21 of his last 24 matches after a rollercoaster start to 2018 which saw him go 6-6.

Novak Djokovic advanced over lucky loser Mirza Basic 6-3, 7-6 (3) in his Toronto opener on Tuesday.

They were joined in progressing by Stefanos Tsitsipas, Ryan Harrison, Sam Querrey and Karen Khachanov.

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Two generations of local players split the difference with Milos Raonic, 27, heading out while teenaged gun Denis Shapovalov moved on.

Shapovalov downed France's Jeremy Chardy in straight sets in the first round Tuesday night in front of a packed and supportive crowd at centre court that included Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid.

Shapovalov will play 14th-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini in the second round on Wednesday.

Elsewhere, five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova thrashed fellow Russian Daria Kasatkina 6-0, 6-2, while world number 43 Johanna Konta of Great Britain was leading two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 6-3, 3-0 when their match was stopped by rain. He will have played in 30 Rogers Cups since his first as a 16-year-old wild card in 1989.

The 31-year-old, now ranked 22nd in the world, had three aces and only committed two double faults to her opponent's 11.

Still beaming after the biggest win of his career, Auger-Aliassime explained the origin of his name to reporters, detailing how his father, an African immigrant, insisted that his mother's French name be included to give Felix more recognition in Quebec.

World No.229 Karatantcheva was competing in her first WTA Tour main draw of the season.

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