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Monfils tops Goffin in Toronto

2016-07-29 07:40
Gael Monfils (Getty Images)

Toronto - Gael Monfils outlasted Belgium's David Goffin 7-6 (5), 2-6, 6-4 on Thursday in the third round of the Rogers Cup.

Monfils, the 10th-seeded Frenchman who won the Citi Open on Sunday in Washington, won when Goffin put a backhand into the net at York University's Aviva Centre. Monfils will face Canadian Milos Raonic or American qualifier Jared Donaldson in the quarterfinals.

"I love to play when it's crowded, and if the crowd is for the other one, it's fine," Monfils said. "I expect a very good match."

Top-seeded Novak Djokovic of Serbia faced Radek Stempanek of the Czech Republic in the late match.

In other third-round matches, second-seeded Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland beat 16th-seeded Jack Sock of the United States 7-6 (3), 6-2, and third-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan topped Rajeev Ram of the United States, 6-3, 6-4.

South Africa's Kevin Anderson edged 12th-seeded Bernard Tomic of Australia 4-6, 6-3, 6-4; and Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov beat Croatia's Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 7-5.

Wawrinka will face the 6-foot-6 Anderson in the quarter-finals.

"I'm playing against Anderson, who I lost many times against him," Wawrinka said.

"I lost two years ago when I played him here. It's going to be interesting match to play again against him. It's always been difficult to beat him, but hopefully I can do that tomorrow."

Nishikori will play Dimitrov.

Results on Thursday'a third round in the Toronto ATP Masters hardcourt tennis tournament (x denotes seeded player):

Milos Raonic (CAN x4) bt Jared Donaldson (USA) 6-2, 6-3

Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) bt Radek Stepanek (CZE) 6-2, 6-4

Kei Nishikori (JPN x3) bt Rajeev Ram (USA) 6-3, 6-4

Kevin Anderson (RSA) bt Bernard Tomic (AUS x12) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

Stan Wawrinka (SUI x2) bt Jack Sock (USA x16) 7-6 (7/3), 6-2

Gael Monfils (FRA x10) bt David Goffin (BEL x7) 7-6 (7/5), 2-6, 6-4

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) bt Ivo Karlovic (CRO) 6-3, 7-5

Tomas Berdych (CZE x5) bt Ryan Harrison (USA) 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 6-4

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