Mur­ray beats Ro­bredo fol­low­ing de­lay, Wawrinka ex­its Mon­treal

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Andy Mur­ray took care of some un­fin­ished busi­ness as the sec­ond seed ad­vanced to the third round of the ATP Tour’s Rogers Cup on Wed­nes­day with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Tommy Ro­bredo.

The Scot ended the match, which was post­poned be­cause of heavy rain Tues­day, by ex­e­cut­ing a drop shot which bounced on the top of the net be­fore fall­ing onto Ro­bredo’s side of the court for the win­ner.

But there was dis­ap­point­ment for French Open win­ner Stan Wawrinka who was un­able to carry on due to ap­par­ent back prob­lems, with the Swiss quit­ting to hand a 6-7 (8/10), 6-4, 4-0 vic­tory to Aus­tralian Nick Kyr­gios.

Wawrinka, who did not play af­ter Wim­ble­don due to a shoul­der in­jury, called for the trainer as he trailed two breaks in the third set.

Af­ter speak­ing with the trainer and his coach Mag­nus Nor­man, the 30-year-old third seed de­cided to give up the match.

Mur­ray set up a meet­ing with Gilles Muller — whom he has de­feated twice this sea­son — as he fin­ished his sec­ond round con­test with 24 win­ners and 30 un­forced er­rors and break­ing four times.

The pair re­sumed play Wed­nes­day af­ter stand­ing 4-4 in the open­ing set when the rain stopped play on Tues­day night.

“It was a very tough match, there were a lot of nerves near the end of the first set,” said Mur­ray. “I won two close games to take it.

“Con­di­tions to­day were a lot dif­fer­ent, there was a lot of wind. It was dif­fi­cult to at­tack and play ag­gres­sively. I had to chase down a lot of balls and got lucky a few times as well.

“It was a long day hang­ing round with the rain, I’m glad I man­aged to fin­ish it off in two be­cause it’s been quite a long cou­ple of days.”

Rafael Nadal made an en­cour­ag­ing start to the sum­mer hard-court cam­paign as the Spa­niard re­cov­ered to de­feat Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-6 (7/4), 6-3.

The sev­enth seed had to wait for two hours be­fore his match at the Uniprix sta­dium could be­gin, af­ter a morn­ing rain shower was fol­lowed by a towel-dry­ing ef­fort and re­pairs to bub­bles on the rub­ber­ized sur­face.

But once down to busi­ness, Nadal made the most of his open­ing con­test on the ce­ment, win­ning the first set in a tiebreaker and sweep­ing the sec­ond to reach the third round and a date with Mikhail Youzhny, who beat French ninth seed Gilles Si­mon 6-1, 6-4.

Nadal is play­ing in Canada for the first time since win­ning his third ti­tle here in 2013. The world No. 9 im­proved to 40-12 on the sea­son.

“I go day by day. To­day is a vic­tory that I am happy with,” said Nadal.

“I’m sat­is­fied with the way that I played. I’m prac­tic­ing well and prac­tic­ing more than ever now be­cause I am healthy and be­cause I feel that’s what I need to­day.

“I won in Ham­burg a cou­ple weeks ago, that was an im­por­tant vic­tory. Six con­sec­u­tive wins hasn’t hap­pened for me very of­ten dur­ing the sea­son. That’s a pos­i­tive mo­ment.”

Ja­panese fourth seed Kei Nishikori, the win­ner of the Washington ti­tle last week­end and now ranked fourth on the ATP Tour, started 6-3, 6-3 over Spain’s Pablo An­du­jar in 70 min­utes.

Nishikori made a suc­cess­ful come­back last week af­ter a long-run­ning thigh in­jury and said that his fit­ness is good.

“I’ve been feel­ing pretty good. Af­ter win­ning the ti­tle, you have to feel good. My ten­nis is get­ting bet­ter,” he said.

“I didn’t start quite well, but it was windy. We had a lit­tle wait, so it wasn’t easy in the be­gin­ning. But af­ter a cou­ple of games I was play­ing well, con­cen­trat­ing well, too.

“I’m very happy with my ten­nis to­day.”

AP

Rafael Nadal, of Spain, re­turns to Sergiy Stakhovsky, of Ukraine, dur­ing the ATP Tour’s Rogers Cup men’s ten­nis tour­na­ment in Mon­treal, Wed­nes­day, Aug. 12.

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