Nadal pips Wawrinka thriller, Djokovic stunned by Greek teen

Rafael Nadal

Novak Djokovic sent Peter Polansky of Canada to a 6-3, 6-4 defeat on Wednesday as the four-time champion powered into the third round at the Toronto Masters before insisting he s "comfortable" with the controversial shot clock innovation. "I'll take it as a good experience and look forward to the next event".

But while two of the sport's more popular players, No16 seed Nick Kyrgios and No10 seed David Goffin, made their exits in the first round, it was at the expense of two men who will ensure the crowds still pour in.

The two traded hot shots across almost three hours with Nadal edging the Swiss, 7-5, 7-6 (4).

During one exchange, at 4-2 in the first set, Paire could only throw his racquet as he watched Nadal's volley float past him.The 32-time ATP World Tour Masters 1000 champion was playing for the first time since he fell in the Wimbledon semi-finals to eventual champion Novak Djokovic. Back then, in his debut at the Rogers Cup, the now No26 in the world beat the No19 seed Kyrgios.

Fellow Canadian Milos Raonic, meanwhile, saw his tournament end with a 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-1 loss to No. 41 Frances Tiafoe of the United States in a match that was also delayed and interrupted by heavy rain that wreaked havoc on the day from the outset.

"It's a dream of any kid out there in this world, any kid that's playing tennis, to beat these kinds of players, so I can call it the best moment of my life", a shocked Tsitsipas said in an on-court interview.

"Sorry to my fans in Toronto, but I have to pull out of the tournament since my left wrist needs some days of rest", del Potro said in a tweet. I tried few a things that I didn't try before and I played a bit better.

Play continues through Sunday at the US$5.94-million tournament on the York University campus.

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His trademark retrieving skills were on display throughout the match but Tsitsipas used strong groundstrokes to push the pace and force Djokovic to fully stretch on several rallies.

"It is one match, I know I have to learn from it", the fourth-seeded Kerber said.

Youzhny's stay in the main draw didn't last long, though, as the Netherlands' Robin Haase beat him 7-5, 6-2 in a second-round match.

Pavlyuchenkova is leading 4-3 with the match due to resume tomorrow.

Maria Sharapova continued her bid to climb back to the top of women's tennis with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over 12th-seeded Daria Kasatkina.

"I'm looking for matches", he said.

The Russian will face sixth-seeded Caroline Garcia of France in the third round.

It was a routine outing for ninth seed Djokovic as the Serbian star defeated Polansky 6-3 6-4.

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