Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal ease through at rain-affected Canadian Open

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

He won on a third-set tie-break - his second in as many days - 7-6 (7-1) 3-6 7-6 (7-4).

Top seed Rafael Nadal blew past patchy Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-3 on Wednesday to begin his quest for a fourth Canadian trophy at the Toronto Masters.

Djokovic, the victor of 30 career Masters titles, will next face rising Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, who beat seventh seed Dominic Thiem 6-3, 7-6 (8/6).

Tsitsipas set up match point with a scorching crosscourt victor before completing the victory in two hours 17 minutes.

"I thought I served well in the moments when I really need it", the Serbian star said.

Alexander Zverev only needed two sets to knock out Daniil Medvedev, winning 6-3, 6-2.

"Sometimes it takes several seconds before the chair umpire calls the score if it's a long exchange or a good point and the crowd gets involved". Overall my game was so-and-so.

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He remains the world record holder at the 100m - with a time of 9.58 seconds - and the 200m, where he has clocked 19.19 seconds. The Mariners have insisted that the extended trial is not a commitment to a contract, but want to give the Jamaican a chance.

The big-serving sixth-ranked South African hit 15 aces and won 86 per cent of first serves in en route to the 7-5 6-3 victory.

Del Potro had a bye into the second round and was scheduled to face Dutchman Robin Haase.

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).

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.

Karen Khachanov upset 12th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta 6-4 7-6 (7-3), Ilya Ivashka toppled Ryan Harrison 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 and American Frances Tiafoe edged Canada's Milos Raonic 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 6-1.

Juan Martin del Potro announced Wednesday that he is pulling out of the Rogers Cup in Toronto because of a left wrist injury.

The Argentine, who looked to be in good form after reaching the final last week in Los Cabos, was replaced in the draw by Russian veteran Mikhail Youzhny.

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