- 06 Aug 2019
Stan Wawrinka had no trouble progressing to the second round of the Rogers Cup, while Canadian duo Milos Raonic and Denis Shapovalov gave locals plenty to cheer about.
Three-time grand slam champion Wawrinka outclassed Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets on day one of the ATP 1000 event in Montreal.
Raonic and Shapovalov also won their opening matches on Monday, but popular Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga bowed out.
‘STAN THE MAN’ TOO GOOD FOR GRIGOR
Swiss veteran Wawrinka showed no signs of rust as he made light work of Dimitrov 6-4 6-4.
Playing for the first time since his second-round exit at Wimbledon, the 34-year-old hit 12 aces and won 86 per cent of his first-serve points.
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“It was a great match. I’m really happy. It’s always difficult to play against Grigor, but I think I served really well. I was aggressive on the court. I’m happy with the match and with the atmosphere. It’s always amazing to come back to Montreal,” Wawrinka said. “I did a lot of practice, I put in a lot of hard work to be at a great level… I’m happy with where I am right now.”
Next up for Wawrinka is sixth seed Karen Khachanov.
RAONIC, SHAPOVALOV FLY CANADIAN FLAG
It was a good day for Canadian pair Raonic and Shapovalov, who both moved through to the second round.
Former world number three and 2013 runner-up Raonic beat Lucas Pouille 6-4 6-4, while Shapovalov snapped a five-match losing streak to defeat Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
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Raonic – the 17th seed – will face either Felix Auger-Aliassime or Vasek Pospisil for a spot in the third round as Shapovalov prepares to meet world number four Dominic Thiem.
TSONGA FALLS IN FIRST ROUND
Tsonga’s time in Montreal was brief after the 2014 champion lost 6-2 6-2 to German Jan-Lennard Struff.
The Frenchman was broken four times as he bowed out of the tournament at the first hurdle.
Cameron Norrie rallied past Marton Fucsovics 5-7 6-2 6-3 to set up a showdown with third seed and 2017 winner Alexander Zverev.
Richard Gasquet will take on 2016 runner-up and fifth seed Kei Nishikori after topping fellow Frenchman Benoit Paire 7-6 (7-2) 6-4, while Gael Monfils survived against Peter Polansky.