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Ruusuvuori holds off Wawrinka in Montreal first round

Emil Russuvuori is through to round two of the Montreal Masters after winning a high-quality contest against Stan Wawrinka on Monday. Hubert Hurakcz is next up for the Finn.

Emil Ruusuvuori at the Australian Open in 2021 (Panoramic)

Neither a rain delay nor Stan Wawrinka could stop Emil Ruusuvuori from reaching the second round of the National Bank Open on Monday afternoon. Following a stoppage of several hours because of bad weather, Ruusuvuori picked up a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Wawrinka at the Montreal Masters in two hours and 11 minutes.

“I grew up watching Stan and have huge respect for this guy,” the Finn commented. “He is still such a tough competitor and he has inspired so many people, so I hope he can continue and bring this level. I really enjoyed this match and it was a dream come true.”

 

Ruuusvuori vs Hurkacz rematch is next

Ruusuvuori’s reward for Monday’s result is a matchup with No 8 seed Hubert Hurkacz. Interestingly, Hurkacz also followed up a first-round bye last week in Washington, DC with an opening match against Ruusuvuori. The 23-year-old pulled off a 6-4, 7-6(3) upset in what was their only previous encounter, so Hurkacz will be itching for some revenge.

“It was a good match for me last week and not the best from him,” Ruusuvuori reflected. “I am sure he is going to come hot and he is going to study. He is a top 10-level player and I will need to bring my absolute best to beat him.”

Montreal Masters 1000, other first-round matches and results

  • Fabio Fognini vs. Holger Rune
  • Diego Schwartzman vs. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
  • Vasek Pospisil vs. Tommy Paul
  • Marin Čilić vs. Borna Coric
  • Andy Murray vs. Taylor Fritz
  • Frances Tiafoe vs. Benjamin Bonzi
  • Filip Krajinovic vs. Daniel Evans
  • Aslan Karatsev vs. Maxime Cressy
  • Gael Monfils vs. Pedro Martinez
  • Pablo Carreno Busta vs. Matteo Berrettini
  • Adrian Mannarino vs. Arthur Rinderknech
  • Benoit Paire vs. Yoshihito Nishioka
  • Miomir Kecmanovic vs. Botic van de Zandschulp
  • Cameron Norrie vs. Brandon Nakashima
  • David Goffin vs. Albert Ramos-Vinolas
  • Alexis Galarneau vs. Grigor Dimitrov
  • Sebastian Baez vs. Nick Kyrgios
  • Marcos Giron vs. Roberto Bautista Agut
  • Denis Shapovalov vs. Alex De Minaur
  • Alexander Bublik vs. Jenson Brooksby
  • Hugo Gaston vs. Jack Draper
  • Alex Molcan beat Mackenzie McDonald: 7-6(1), 6-4
  • Francisco Cerundolo vs. Karen Khachanov
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