Second-round play continued on Wednesday at Rogers Cup presented by National Bank with the tournament’s top seeds all in action.
Kei Nishikori opened the day with a relatively straightforward victory over qualifier Dennis Novikov. Although Novikov’s big serve and forehand groundstrokes kept his Japanese opponent on his toes (mostly), Nishikori’s greater experience and superior footspeed helped him claim a 6-4, 7-5 victory in one hour and 22 minutes.
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World No.1 Novak Djokovic took to Centre Court in the week’s hottest conditions, facing additional heat from the lefty serve of Luxembourg’s Gilles Müller. Djokovic won 73% of points on his serve and claimed 42% of return points, marking a fairly efficient victory despite the tense 7-5, 7-6(3) scoreline. He will face Radek Stepanek, against whom he owns a 11-1 career head-to-head, in the third round.
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Elsewhere, injury forced No.6 seed Dominic Thiem and Wimbledon quarter-finalist Sam Querrey out of their matches, while Canadians Peter Polansky and Steven Diez both put up admirable efforts but ultimately fell to Stepanek and Bernard Tomic respectively.
The night session matches featured Canada’s top-ranked Milos Raonic and junior Wimbledon champion Denis Shapovalov. Stay tuned for more coverage from Rogers Cup.