Rafael Nadal is off to a good start to his hard court season after booking his place in the third round of Rogers Cup. Nadal was up against the Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky in the second round and the Spaniard managed to defeat him in straight sets 7-6(4), 6-3.
Nadal who has been struggling with his first serve showed some signs of improvements as he hit 4 aces and maintained an excellent first serve percentage of 72%. Nadal was mighty impressive with his break point conversion as he converted all the three break points he had whereas Stakhovsky converted 2 of his 4 break points.
Nadal after his victory said that “I know I don’t have points to defend for rest of the year. Adding them will help to improve my ranking”
“I think it was a good match,”
“Only one bad game in the whole match at 5-4 with my serve in the first set. The rest was a positive match I think.
“The conditions were not easy today. A lot of wind (against) a player who don’t want to play a lot of points from the baseline, so I tried to play the points shorter, going to the net, playing with slice. It was not an easy opponent to start.”
“I prefer to be here with a victory; doesn’t matter the way,” “The important thing is winning. You have another opportunity tomorrow.
“This is a part of the season that I won zero points last year. Every match that I won are points that I add to the computer for my [Emirates ATP Ranking]. That’s important for me today. Every victory is important for me. That was a good one. Let’s try tomorrow.”
Andy Murray and Nei Nishikori are the other top seeds who advanced to third round with straight set victory. Tomas Berdych exit is the only upset of day 3. The American Young managed to beat the Czech in straight sets.
Complete results of day 3 action at Rogers Cup:
J Sock def. G Dimitrov 5-7, 7-6(5), 7-5
E Gulbis def. L Rosol 6-2, 5-7, 6-3
D Young def. Tomas Berdych 7-6(5), 6-3
N Kyrgios def. S Wawrinka 6-7(8), 6-3, 4-0 Ret’d
J Isner def. V Pospisil 7-6(1), 4-6, 6-3
J Chardy def. L Mayer 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-2
R Nadal def. S Stakhovsky 7-6(4), 6-3
M Youzhny def. G Simon 6-1, 6-4
D Goffin def. S Querrey 6-4, 6-4
K Nishikori def. P Andujar 6-3, 6-3
B Tomic def. M Cilic 6-3, 6-4
J Tsonga def. R Bautista Agut 5-7, 7-6(6), 7-5
G Muller def. G Monfils 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(4)
A Murray def. T Robredo 6-4, 7-5