Federer strolls in Montreal

2017-08-11 03:58:28 GMT2017-08-11 11:58:28(Beijing Time) Agencies
Roger Federer of Switzerland watches as he hits a backhand return against Peter Polansky of Canada at the Rogers Cup on Wednesday in Montreal, Canada. Photo: CFP Roger Federer of Switzerland watches as he hits a backhand return against Peter Polansky of Canada at the Rogers Cup on Wednesday in Montreal, Canada. Photo: CFP

Roger Federer needed less than an hour to defeat Canadian Peter Polansky 6-2, 6-1 at the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Wednesday in his first appearance since winning a record eighth Wimbledon title in July.

Gael Monfils produced the comeback of the day to beat Kei Nishikori in three sets, while Canada's Denis Shapovalov ­enjoyed the biggest win of his young ­career by defeating hard-hitting Argentine Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 7-6 (7/4).

A day after celebrating his 36th birthday, Federer played the aggressive game that has propelled him to five titles this year, including two Grand Slams, attacking the net and rocketing second serves.

Polansky never looked comfortable after he double-faulted twice in his first service game and had difficulty handling Federer's pinpoint serves.

Federer, who has lost only two of 34 matches this year, will next play Spain's David Ferrer who prevailed in a three-­setter against American Jack Sock 7-6 (9/7), 3-6, 6-1.

Rafael Nadal enjoyed an easy rout of Croatia's Borna Coric as he raced through the first set in just 29 minutes and did not face a break point until the 13th game.

"I think I started playing so well in the first set and in general, I played a great match," Nadal told ­reporters of the 6-1, 6-2 win.

Nadal will next face the 18-year-old Shapovalov who pumped his fists and rose his arms in triumph after dispatching the 2009 US Open champion, who struggled with the accuracy of his serve during big moments in the match.

A Del Potro double fault put Shapovalov up a break at 6-5 in the second set, but nerves appeared to get to the tournament wild card, who needed a tiebreaker to prevail.

Monfils, however, fended off four match points to beat Japanese world No.9 Nishikori in a three-set thriller 6-7 (4/7), 7-5, 7-6 (8/6).

The 27-year-old Nishikori had two chances to serve out the match and led 6-2 in the decisive tiebreaker, before Monfils won six successive points to complete a superb fightback. He will face Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in the third round.

Fourth seed Alexander Zverez and seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov each needed three sets to advance while ninth seed David Goffin was upset by South Korean Hyeon Chung 7-5, 6-3.

Sixth seed Milos Raonic was also upset by Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-4 while American Sam Querrey beat France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-1, 3-6, 6-4.

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