Centre Court at Rogers Cup presented by National Bank was treated to a slate of three-set matches on Monday aftenoon, with the higher-ranked players – Borna Coric, Grigor Dimitrov, and John Isner – coming through each time.
Dimitrov emerged victorious over Japanese Yuichi Sugita after a marathon match in Toronto. Dimitrov advances into the second round after his 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-4 win that took just under two-and-a-half hours to complete.
His victory snaps a six-match losing streak at ATP events. The former world No. 8 will meet either Canada’s Denis Shapovalov or Nick Kyrgios of Australia in the second round.
ATP Next Generation star Borna Coric also clocked in a full day’s worth of work on the Toronto hard courts. Coric triumphed over countryman Ivan Dodig 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 in a lengthy two hour and 23-minute affair. The 19-year-old registered 11 aces and just two double faults. Coric takes on No. 5 seed Tomas Berdych next.
Closing out the day on the main stadium was Isner over Dudi Sela of Israel, who also came back from a set-down for the 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory. The No. 9 seed’s serve was in full force when he needed it, with 15 aces and 90 per cent of first serves won. His next opponent will be fellow American Ryan Harrison, a qualifier who earned his spot in the next round with a 6-3, 6-1 win over Russian Andrey Kuznetsov.
Also advancing into second-round action is Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller, who defeated Dmitry Tursunov 7-6(5), 6-1, and No. 12 seed Bernard Tomic, who ousted Colombian qualifier Alejandro Gonzalez 6-4, 7-6(1).
Mikhail Youzhny, Kevin Anderson, and Viktor Troicki also moved into the next round in singles action.
In doubles, Tomas Berdych and Radek Stepanek solved France’s Fabrice Martin and Joao Sousa of Portugal in just over an hour. The Czech duo advanced with a 6-1, 3-6, 11-9 victory.