Five Canadians into the second round at Rogers Cup

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Félix Auger-Aliassime

TORONTO

  • For the first time in five years, four Canadians have reached the second round of the Rogers Cup in Toronto. Peter Polansky, Milos Raonic, Félix Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov will all be in action on Wednesday after having successful made it through the opening round. In 2013, five Canadians reached the second round.
  • Novak Djokovic began his quest for a fifth Rogers Cup title by signing a win over Mirza Basic, a qualifying player who reached the main draw thanks to the withdrawal of Hyeon Chung. In the second round, Djokovic will face Polansky.
  • Auger-Aliassime earned his first Rogers Cup win and his fourth on the ATP World Tour on the eve of his 18th birthday. On Wednesday, he will take on Daniil Medvedev.
  • During the night session, Denis Shapovalov dominated Jérémy Chardy. His next opponent will be the Italian Fabio Fognini, who recently won a tournament in Los Cabos, Mexico. It was his third title of the year.
  • On Tuesday, Stan Wawrinka defeated Nick Kyrgios while Robin Haase disposed of Kei Nishikori. The young guns Stefanos Tsitsipas and Frances Tiafoe were also victorious.
  • There will be wall-to-wall action on Wednesday: World No. 1 Rafael Nadal will lead an exciting programming schedule, which also includes the defending champion Sascha Zverev, the 2009 finalist Juan Martin del Potro, Raonic, Shapovalov, Auger-Aliassime, Dominic Thiem (no. 7) and Wawrinka.
  • Nadal will be looking to win a fourth Rogers Cup crown and a first in Toronto since 2008. He hadn’t participated in the event in Ontario since 2010 due to injuries.

MONTREAL

  • Due to the previous day’s weather conditions, Tuesday’s schedule was charged with a total of 24 matches to be played.
  • Françoise Abanda is the sole Canadian left in the main draw, as she defeated former world no. 13 Kirsten Flipkens in straight sets. Her dominant performance earns her a place in the second round where she will take on 2017 US Open champion Sloane Stephens.
  • The other two Canadians were unable to move past the first round as Eugenie Bouchard and Carol Zhao fell to Elise Mertens and Kiki Bertens, respectively. Bouchard is still in action in the doubles draw, as are her compatriots Rebecca Marino, Carson Branstine and Françoise Abanda.
  • Two seeded players fell in opening round action, as Jelena Ostapenko (no. 11) was defeated by Johanna Konta while Naomi Osaka (no. 16) was eliminated by qualifier Carla Suarez-Navarro.
  • Among the notable victories of the day was Victoria Azarenka’s dominant performance over Kristina Mladenovic, losing only one game in the entire match. She needed only 53 minutes to overcome her opponent.
  • The top two seeds of the tournament will begin their Rogers Cup campaign on Wednesday. Defending champion in Montreal, Simona Halep, will play in the feature match of the evening session against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. For her part, Caroline Wozniacki will have her hands full as she takes on Aryna Sabalenka in a rematch of the final in Eastbourne earlier this summer. Although it was Wozniacki who was victorious in the end, it was an incredibly tight match between two high-level players.
  • Other notable names in action on Wednesday include Maria Sharapova, Angelique Kerber, Elina Svitolina and Karolina Pliskova.

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