Spaniard Rafael Nadal and Swiss Ace Roger Federer got off to winning starts in their opening round matches at the Rogers Cup in Canada. The top seeded Nadal and second seeded Federer cruised through their matches on Wednesday. Spaniard Nadal breezed past his Croatian opponent Borna Coric 6-1, 6-2 to advance to the third round. Fresh from his Wimbledon victory, Roger Federer blasted past Canadian Peter Polansky, 6-2, 6-1 in just 53 minutes.
Three-time Rogers Cup winner, Nadal is looking to add to his trophy cabinet after winning his 10th French Open title earlier this year. The clay king is looking to reclaim his No. 1 ranking in ATP by winning this year’s Roger Cup. Nadal will play Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov, who beat 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3, 7-6 (4) on a sultry Wednesday afternoon match. At just 18 years, Shapovalov became the youngest player ever to reach the round 16 of a Master Series since Rafael achieved the feat in 2004 at Miami.
On road to the resurgence, Federer is a two time Rogers Cup champion. Currently ranked third in the world, Roger played his first match on hardcourt in the build-up to the season leading to the U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows, New York. Federer said that he is playing the tournament with a lot more flair and confidence. He looks at the event where he can analyze his physical and technical finesse. Federer is taking Rogers Cup and Cincinnati Open as preparations to the U.S. Open Grand Slam. Federer who turned 36 this week will now face Spain’s David Ferrer in the next round. Ferrer defeated 15th seeded American hotshot Jack Sock, 7-6 (7), 3-6, 6-1.
It was the second meeting between Canadian Peter Polansky and Federer with the latter coming on top at the 2014 Rogers Cup, 6-2, 6-0. Polansky was all praises for Federer claiming that he was the finest opponent he has ever faced. Comparing Federer to an elegant freight train, the Canadian said that he had no answers to Federer’s transition from baseline to the net.
The day didn’t turn out to be good for Canadian aces as sixth seed Milos Raonic lost 6-4, 6-4 to Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in his opening match. Raonic was seen nursing a left wrist injury all through the match. The day was full of upsets as top seeds bowed out to lesser ranked opponents. Third seed Dominic Thiem of Austria lost to Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman 6-4, 6-7 (7), 7-5 while last year’s finalist and fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan, lost 6-7 (4), 7-6 (7), 7-5 to Gael Monfils.