Former World No. 1 Novak Djokovic moved past Canadian wildcard Peter Polansky in a relatively straightforward 6-3, 6-4 decision on Wednesday afternoon.
Damp conditions threatened to delay play early on, but the skies held off for the duration of the match, which was played on even terms early on. Polansky hung on from the baseline against the reigning Wimbledon champion, staying even with him until Djokovic grabbed the break in the eighth game of the first set and serving the set out with ease.
The second set followed a similar script, with both players going toe-to toe until a lengthy ninth game, which saw a push and pull of momentum until the four-time Rogers Cup champion outgunned Polansky for a decisive break, closing out the match to seal victory in one hour, 24 minutes. The Serb defended his serve exceptionally well, hitting seven aces, avoiding any break points and winning 83% of first serves.
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It was a busy day around the grounds no matter where you looked, as court crews worked hard to keep the playing surfaces dry. Russian Karen Khachanov scored the first upset of the day with a 6-4, 7-6(3) victory over No.12 seed Pablo Carreno Busta.
Robin Haase benefitted from No.3 seed Juan Martin Del Potro pulling out, beating lucky loser Mikhail Youzhny 7-5, 6-2, while Ilya Ivashka bested Ryan Harrison 7-6(5), 6-4 on Court 4.
Denis Shapovalov’s match was moved from Centre Court to Grandstand because of the weather, and he led Fabio Fognini by a break, 5-3 in the first set before more rain came. Stefanos Tsitsipas has a set in hand vs. No.7 seed Dominic Thiem, while John Isner won a first-set tiebreak vs. Pierre-Hugues Herbert on Court 3. No.4 Kevin Anderson is just underway against Evgeny Donskoy.