Nadal advances to third round in Rogers Cup

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

In earlier action, a solid-serving Novak Djokovic kept his bid for a fifth Rogers Cup title alive with a 6-3 6-4 win over Canadian wildcard Peter Polansky.

There was a crowd-pleasing upset on Centre Court, as Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime ousted France's Lucas Pouille 6-4 6-3, a day before the underdog's 18th birthday.

"I thought I found pretty good accuracy and angles with the first serve, and also my second serve worked pretty well".

Meanwhile, former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, who was playing for first time since retiring in the San Jose quarter-finals, kicked off her WTA Montreal tournament by dismissing Kristina Mladenovic in straight sets.

Wawrinka put his comeback from knee surgery back on track with a 1-6, 7-5, 7-5 comeback win over Nick Kyrgios. Djokovic downed Polansky in their only other meeting - also at a Rogers Cup - in 2009.

American Frances Tiafoe beat Raonic 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 6-1 in a match hit by a weather interruption of more than two and a half hours.

Third seed Juan Martin del Potro was forced to withdraw prior to his opening match due to a left wrist injury. "I rushed a little bit on my serve, didn't take the time I needed and just became a little bit too predictable".

"Sorry to my fans in Toronto, but I have to pull out of the tournament since my left wrist needs some days of rest", del Potro said in a tweet.

Teenaged prodigy Shapovalov eliminated Italian 14th seed Fabio Fognini victor last weekend in Los Cabos, 6-3, 7-5.

Play was also suspended in the match between world number one Simona Halep of Romania and Russia's Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Eighth-seeded John Isner, the American who won at Atlanta two weeks ago, beat France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-6 (7-3), 6-2.

Canadian teen Denis Shapovalov went down to Robin Haase, losing 7-5, 6-2, ending local interest.

Toronto's Daniel Nestor - the oldest player at the tournament at 45 - and Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil were scheduled to play their first-round doubles match in the late afternoon. "I think I did a good job of finishing the job today".

Elsewhere, five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova thrashed fellow Russian Daria Kasatkina 6-0, 6-2, while world number 43 Johanna Konta of Great Britain was leading two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 6-3, 3-0 when their match was stopped by rain.

"I actually feel like there is more time now than before because the shot clock starts counting down once the chair umpire calls the score", Djokovic said.

It was a routine outing for ninth seed Djokovic as the Serbian star defeated Polansky 6-3 6-4.

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