On Monday afternoon, world no.11 and 9th seed Gilles Simon of France qualified for the second round of the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank at Uniprix Stadium in Montréal.
He was up against world no. 25 Andreas Seppi of Italy for the fifth time in his career and extended his perfect record with a two-set win in 82 minutes (6-2, 6-4). Simon broke Seppi three times and never lost his serve.
After two intense hours of play, Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine hit seven aces to dispose of Filip Peliwo, the young Canadian from Vancouver, in three sets (6-1, 5-7, 6-2). In the second, Peliwo won two consecutive breaks, which was enough to shake his rival and steal the set. But Stakhovsky took control of the match in the third and found his way into the second round.
Sam Querrey of the US delivered the goods and ousted Martin Klizan of Slovakia in two identical sets (6-3, 6-3).
Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil grappled with Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay for almost two hours to win his ticket to the second round (7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (4)). Waiting in the wings is Novak Djokovic.