Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Two-time reigning and three-time overall
champion Novak Djokovic was an easy winner of his second-round match Tuesday
at the $2.887 million Rogers Cup tennis event.
The world No. 1 Djokovic needed just 55 minutes to dispose of overmatched
German Florian Mayer 6-2, 6-1 on the hardcourts at this Masters 1000
No. 7 seed Richard Gasquet, the runner-up at this event last year, also had
little trouble in his second-round bout with Martin Klizan, with the Frenchman
cruising to a 6-3, 6-2 victory in 84 minutes at Stade Uniprix.
Djokovic beat Gasquet in last year's final in Toronto, as this tournament
shifts between Montreal and Toronto each year.
Ninth-seeded Kei Nishikori also advanced to the third round on Tuesday, with
the Japanese native rallying for a 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 decision over Italian Andreas
In opening-round action involving seeds, 10th-seeded German Tommy Haas downed
Belgian qualifier David Goffin 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 11th-seeded Canadian Milos
Raonic outlasted France's Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, Czech veteran Radek
Stepanek upended No. 12 Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, No. 13
Italian Fabio Fognini came back to whip Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis 1-6, 6-1,
6-1, Russian Nikolay Davydenko upset 14th-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon 2-6,
6-1, 6-1 and No. 15 Jerzy Janowicz of Poland overcame Frenchman Julien
Benneteau 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.
Meanwhile, promising Canadian slugger Vasek Pospisil, a wild card this week,
took out 6-foot-9 American John Isner, 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-4), in 2 1/2
hours. The massive-serving affair featured 40 aces, including 24 by the
towering Isner, who was last week's runner-up in Washington, D.C.
Additional first-round wins came for Spaniard Marcel Granollers, Russians
Mikhail Youzhny and qualifier Alex Bogomolov Jr., Ukrainian Alexandr
Dolgopolov and Canadian wild cards Frank Dancevic and Filip Peliwo.
Granollers was last week's surprise titlist in Kitzbuhel.
This week's big winner will earn $547,300.
The Sports Network