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Rogers Cup: Nadal into QFs after trumping Wawrinka in scintillating clash

Rafael Nadal will hope to enjoy a productive run at the Rogers Cup Rafael Nadal will hope to enjoy a productive run at the Rogers Cup
Cary Erickson | 12 August, 2018, 22:44

The German beat the Greek in the only previous meeting at last week's Citi Open, but Tsitsipas is very confident as he is coming from the upset over Novak Djokovic.

Djokovic went up a mini-break early in the tiebreaker but two straight challenges would go Tsitsipas' way, each time by a whisker. 'Losing the second set was tough to deal with.

American Frances Tiafoe defeated Italy's Marco Cecchinato 7-6 (7/3), 6-1, Greek rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas accounted for Damir Dzumhur 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) and 14th seed Fabio Fognini, victor of two of his last three tournaments, beat American Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-4. "I'm grateful I got the wildcard to play directly in the main draw".

I had to learn that and understand that good things come with time and it takes time especially after surgery to hit thousands and thousands of balls and really get a comfortable feel on the court and eventually start playing well.

"Whenever I'm at home, I just seem to loosen up with the crowd", Shapovalov said.

Leading seeds who enjoyed first-round byes swing into action later Wednesday with number one Rafael Nadal starting against Frenchman Benoit Paire with second seed and defending champion Alexander Zverev facing American qualifier Bradley Klahn. "I'm trying to get some confidence from winning matches".

He is joined in the third round by the likes of Russia's Karen Khachanov, who following a rain delay completed a 6-4, 7-6 victory over last year's US Open semi-finalist Pablo Carreño Busta of Spain. "Happy to see Stan playing that well again", Nadal said.

"The main objective of the tweet was because I was disappointed, obviously not for myself, but because there was so many fans and friends that wanted to come watch me on centre court and they weren't able to", Shapovalov said.

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Granit Xhaka and Lucas Torreira are options there, as Emery will want the second midfielder to be the anchorman for the team. He has returned to training this week but it's unclear as to whether he'll start the match or be among the substitutes.

However, the spectre of three-time champion Rafael Nadal looms if Wawrinka wins his next match: wild cards rarely get it easy.

The Serbian is hoping to continue building on his impressive Wimbledon win last month - the 13th Grand Slam title of his career.

Third seed Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina pulled out of the tournament prior to his second-round clash with The Netherlands' Robin Haase, citing a left wrist injury.

Haase instead faced veteran Mikhail Youzhny, defeating the Russian 7-5, 6-2.

Medvedev won 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (9).

Rain interrupted the first set at 6-5, but the Spaniard immediately broke when play resumed to take the set.

Currently, the Davis Cup is structured around a 16-nation World Group, contested over four weekends during the year.