Djokovic, Nadal, Zverev ease into last 16 of Rogers Cup

Published: August 09, 2018 22:17:17


Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrating after defeating France's Benoit Paire during the Rogers Cup men's tennis tournament in Toronto on Wednesday — AP

Four-time champion Novak Djokovic and top-seeded Rafael Nadal advanced to the third round of the rainy Rogers Cup on Wednesday. Defending champion Alexander Zverev also reached the round of 16, reports Agencies.

Djokovic, coming off his fourth Wimbledon title, beat Canadian wild-card Peter Polansky 6-3, 6-4. The Serb had seven aces and never faced a break point in the 1-hour, 25-minute match that just beat the afternoon rain.

Nadal, playing for the first time since a five-set loss to Djokovic in the Wimbledon semifinals, topped France's Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-3 at night after a series of rain delays.

A former world No. 1, Djokovic is seeded ninth in the event he last won in 2016.

Citi Open champion Zverev continued his good form with a straightforward 6-4 6-4 win over Klahn.

Victorious in Washington, Germany's Zverev hit 16 winners and lost just 13 points in 10 service games as he won for the 42nd time this season.

Heavy morning rain delayed the match by about an hour.

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