Montreal - Andy Murray took care of some unfinished business
as the second seed advanced to the third round of the ATP Tour's Montreal
Masters on Wednesday with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Tommy Robredo.
The Scot ended the match, which was postponed because of
heavy rain Tuesday, by executing a drop shot which bounced on the top of the
net before falling onto Robredo's side of the court for the winner.
But there was disappointment for French Open winner Stan
Wawrinka who was unable to carry on due to apparent back problems, with the
Swiss quitting to hand a 6-7 (8/10), 6-4, 4-0 victory to Australian Nick
Wawrinka, who did not play after Wimbledon due to a shoulder
injury, called for the trainer as he trailed two breaks in the third set.
After speaking with the trainer and his coach Magnus Norman,
the 30-year-old third seed decided to give up the match.
Murray set up a meeting with Gilles Muller - whom he has
defeated twice this season - as he finished his second round contest with 24
winners and 30 unforced errors and breaking four times.
The pair resumed play Wednesday after standing 4-4 in the
opening set when the rain stopped play on Tuesday night.
"It was a very tough match, there were a lot of nerves
near the end of the first set," said Murray. "I won two close games
to take it.
"Conditions today were a lot different, there was a lot
of wind. It was difficult to attack and play aggressively. I had to chase down
a lot of balls and got lucky a few times as well.
"It was a long day hanging round with the rain, I'm
glad I managed to finish it off in two because it's been quite a long couple of
Rafael Nadal made an encouraging start to the summer
hard-court campaign as the Spaniard recovered to defeat Sergiy Stakhovsky 7-6
The seventh seed had to wait for two hours before his match
at the Uniprix stadium could begin, after a morning rain shower was followed by
a towel-drying effort and repairs to bubbles on the rubberised surface.
But once down to business, Nadal made the most of his
opening contest on the cement, winning the first set in a tiebreaker and
sweeping the second to reach the third round and a date with Mikhail Youzhny,
who beat French ninth seed Gilles Simon 6-1, 6-4.
Nadal is playing in Canada for the first time since winning
his third title here in 2013. The world number nine improved to 40-12 on the
"I go day by day. Today is a victory that I am happy
with," said Nadal.
"I'm satisfied with the way that I played. I'm
practising well and practising more than ever now because I am healthy and
because I feel that's what I need today.
"I won in Hamburg a couple weeks ago, that was an
important victory. Six consecutive wins hasn't happened for me very often
during the season. That's a positive moment."
Japanese fourth seed Kei Nishikori, the winner of the
Washington title last weekend and now ranked fourth on the ATP Tour, started
6-3, 6-3 over Spain's Pablo Andujar in 70 minutes.
Nishikori made a successful comeback last week after a
long-running thigh injury and said that his fitness is good.
"I've been feeling pretty good. After winning the
title, you have to feel good. My tennis is getting better," he said.
"I didn't start quite well, but it was windy. We had a
little wait, so it wasn't easy in the beginning. But after a couple of games I
was playing well, concentrating well, too.
"I'm very happy with my tennis today."
Donald Young surprised fifth seed Tomas Berdych 7-6 (7/5),
6-3, while tenth-seeded holder Jo-Wilfried Tsonga had to fight to survive 5-7,
7-6 (8/6), 7-5 against Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut.
American Jack Sock sprang an upset on troubled 14th seed
Grigor Dimitrov, who went down 5-7, 7-6 (7/5), 7-5.
Over recent weeks, the Bulgarian once tipped as a future
Roger Federer, lost both his Australian coach Roger Rasheed and Russian
girlfriend Maria Sharapova.
Results on Wednesday from the third day of the ATP Montreal Masters (x denotes seeded player):
Andy Murray (GBR x2) bt Tommy Robredo (ESP) 6-4, 7-5
Jack Sock (USA) bt Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x14) 5-7, 7-6 (7/5), 7-5
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) bt Leonardo Mayer (ARG) 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2
Rafael Nadal (ESP x7) bt Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 7-6 (7/4), 6-3
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) bt Gilles Simon (FRA x9) 6-1, 6-4
David Goffin (BEL x13) bt Sam Querrey (USA) 6-4, 6-4
Kei Nishikori (JPN x4) bt Pablo Andujar (ESP) 6-3, 6-3
Bernard Tomic (AUS) bt Marin Cilic (CRO x6) 6-3, 6-4
Gilles Muller (LUX) bt Gael Monfils (FRA x15) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/4)
Donald Young (USA) bt Tomas Berdych (CZE x5) 7-6 (7/5), 6-3
Ernests Gulbis (LAT) bt Lukas Rosol (CZE) 6-2, 5-7, 6-3
John Isner (USA x16) bt Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 7-6 (7/1), 4-6, 6-3
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA x10) bt Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) Spain, 5-7, 7-6 (8/6), 7-5
Nick Kyrgios (AUS) bt Stan Wawrinka (SUI x3) 6-7 (8/10), 6-4, 4-0, retired (back)