Novak Djokovic topples Peter Polansky to reach round three — ATP Toronto

Rafael Nadal (ESP) returns a ball to Benoit Paire (not pictured) in the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at Aviva Centre.

The world number one Spaniard was untouchable as he schooled Paire for the fourth time without a loss, taking 74 minutes as he broke six times.

Nadal won the event in 2005, 2008 and 2013.

Benoit Paire has continued his racquet-smashing ways in Toronto, and Rafael Nadal's reaction said it all. "There were frustrations at times but that means I care". It's important that I have another match tomorrow too. The Serb finished the match with 23 winners and 29 unforced errors while Peter fired just nine winners with 26 mistakes, which wasn't enough to keep him in contention longer.

"I've never played Basic".

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

Second-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany, the victor last week in Washington, beat American Bradley Klahn 6-4, 6-4, and fourth-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa edged Russia's Evgeny Donskoy 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (0).

Djokovic, coming off his fourth Wimbledon title, beat Canadian wild card Peter Polansky 6-3 6-4 after heavy morning rain in Toronto delayed the ATP Masters 1000 match by about an hour.

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Djokovic expressed support for the new 25-second shot clock innovation created to cut down on time wasting between points.

"I'm pretty comfortable with it - it's good to have shot clock in the tournaments prior to the US Open".

The 13-time Grand Slam title victor has now won 21 of his last 24 matches after a rollercoaster start to 2018 which saw him go 6-6.

Djokovic, the victor of 30 career Masters titles. will next face either seventh seed Dominic Thiem, who has yet to step on to a hard court this summer with the US Open just over a fortnight away, or rising Greek youngster Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Eighth-seeded John Isner, the American who won at Atlanta two weeks ago, 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.

The Russian veteran battled hard in the first set but fell to Haase 7-5 6-2.

After South Korea's Chung Hyeon was forced to withdraw prior to his opening match against Djokovic with back issues, lucky loser Mirza Basic stepped in.

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