FED­ERER CRUISES

Swiss star downs Polan­sky in less than an hour in Rogers Cup

New Straits Times - - Sport - MON­TREAL

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(4).

A day af­ter cel­e­brat­ing his 36th birth­day, Fed­erer played the ag­gres­sive game that has pro­pelled him to five ti­tles, in­clud­ing two grand slams, this year, 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 76(7) 3-6 6-1.

Rafa 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.

“At the be­gin­ning of the match there were great points. 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.

“Last time that I played against him I lost, last year in Cincin­nati. It was not an easy round for me.”

Nadal will next face the 18-yearold 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 wild­card, who needed a tie-break to pre­vail.

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

The 27-year-old Nishikori had two chances to serve out the match and led 6-2 in the de­ci­sive tiebreak, 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 64 6-4 while Amer­i­can Sam Quer­rey beat France’s Jo-Wil­fried Tsonga 6-1 3-6 6-4. Reuters

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Roger Fed­erer in ac­tion against Peter Polan­sky in the Rogers Cup in Mon­treal on Wed­nes­day.

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