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Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal win in Toronto

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Andrew Wong | 12 August, 2018, 19:08

Stan Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic reached the second round of the Toronto Masters here on Tuesday, with both men polishing their pre-US Open form.

The Spanish world No.1 will face the victor of the match between Marton Fucsovics and Nick Kyrgios' first-round conqueror Stan Wawrinka.

Nadal was taken to a tiebreak in the second set against Wawrinka but he pinpointed a moment in the first which was crucial to winning the match.

Wawrinka was back to his best having struggled this season following a second knee operation but there was no stopping Nadal, who produced some extraordinary sliced shots and forehand winners to leave the crowd in awe.

Kyrgios and Wawrinka, while enjoying an amicable relationship now, were embroiled in a dicey moment in Canada three years ago when the Aussie alleged that countryman Thanasi Kokkinakis had slept with Wawrinka's girlfriend and WTA Tour player Donna Vekic.

The Greek teen made some crucial errors near the end of the second set that allowed Djokovic, a four-time victor of the tournament, to set up a decider. He broke Kyrgios in the final game of the third set, converting his second match point opportunity when the Australian couldn't handle his return.

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Djokovic win in 90 minutes with nine aces; he now stands 36-6 at the event and next plays Canada's Peter Polansky.

In another first-round upset, Robin Haase of the Netherlands downed Japan's Kei Nishikori 7-5, 6-1.

His defeat was the third in three matches for Japanese players after less than two days of play.

Eighth-seeded John Isner beat France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 but Italy's 14th seed Fabio Fognini, coming off a victory at Los Cabos, suffered a 6-3 7-5 (16-14) defeat to Canadian young gun Denis Shapovalov.

Also, Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation beat 12th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain 6-4, 7-6 (3); Ilya Ivashka of Belarus topped American Ryan Harrison 7-6 (5), 6-4; and American Frances Tiafoe edged Canada's Milos Raonic 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-1.

Meanwhile, former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, who was playing for first time since retiring in the San Jose quarter-finals, kicked off her WTA Montreal tournament by dismissing Kristina Mladenovic in straight sets.

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The decider ended in a 22-game tiebreak, with the former world No 3 taking the set 7-6 (12-10).

"Of course the good results would be good for the confidence but the conditions are completely different - courts, the ball especially". "I took a few weeks off after Wimbledon so I knew I had to come here, play a lot of matches, and also to get used to the hard courts again".

After beating a Top-20 opponent for the first time in his career Tuesday, the Montreal teenager is doing what he can to make his name more memorable.

The pair were facing each other for the first time in eight years.

"Quarter-finals after two good victories, tomorrow is the day to play a little bit better and that's what I'm going to try".

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