French Open champion Stan Wawrinka (3) of Switzerland didn’t survive the catastrophe that hit in his first appearance at this year’s Rogers Cup presented by National Bank. He fell to the wily Nick Kyrgios late Wednesday night, bowing out at 0-4 in the third set.
Wawrinka, who was playing his first hard-court match in many months, poorly withstood his opponent’s strokes of genius and at times nonsensical behaviour. In the end, at 6-7 (8), 6-3, 4-0, he dropped out with a back injury. The match was only the second between Wawrinka and Kyrgios. Their career record is now 1-1 since Wawrinka won their first meeting at Queen’s in June.
The Swiss was broken at 2-3 in the second and then twice again at the start of the third set. At 0-4, he didn’t have any fight left in him.
Kyrgios will now face the powerful American server John Isner, who has played quite a lot of tennis this summer.
Current Rogers Cup titleholder Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (10) fought hard to oust world no. 20 Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain in two sets (5-7, 7-6 (6), 7-5).
Tsonga owes his win to his serve. He hit 16 aces and racked up 109 points (versus 97 for his opponent). In the third round, he will face Australian Bernard Tomic, who toppled Marin Cilic.