Thursday, August 12, 2010

Nadal, Djokovic & Murray through 2nd Round in Toronto

TORONTO (AP)—Rafael Nadal stood out under overcast skies with a fluorescent pink shirt and a headband that glowed under the lights, but the world’s top-ranked tennis player had to work hard to distinguish himself against his first opponent at the Rogers Cup on Wednesday night.

The 24-year-old wrestled through a marathon first set tiebreak before he was finally able to shake Swiss challenger Stanislas Wawrinka with a 7-6, 6-3 win. Novak Djokovic earned a 7-5, 7-5 win over France’s Julien Benneteau earlier on Wednesday.

Andy Murray, the defending champion who is ranked fourth in the world, beat Belgium’s Xavier Malisse 7-5, 6-2. Djokovic won the Canadian tournament three years ago, having beaten both Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. He has reached the quarterfinals in each of the past two years.

The 23-year-old arrived to a rude reception in Toronto earlier this week. He and Nadal were ousted from doubles. Russian Nikolay Davydenko rolled to a 7-5, 6-1 win over Italian Fabio Fognini in an early match.

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