Toronto - Stan
Wawrinka and Novak Djokovic reached the second round of the Toronto
Masters on Tuesday, with both men polishing their pre-US Open form.
Wawrinka put his comeback from knee surgery back on track with a 1-6, 7-5, 7-5 comeback win over Nick Kyrgios.
Wimbledon holder Djokovic eased to victory, beating Mirza Basic 6-3,
7-6 (7/3) after the Bosnian replaced original opponent Chung Hyeon of
South Korea, who withdrew before the match with injury.
A pair of Canadian teenagers advanced, with Denis Shapovalov
dominating Jeremy Chardy 6-1, 6-4 while good friend Felix
Auger-Aliassime, who turns 18 on Wednesday, thrilled his home fans as he
defeated Lucas Pouille of France 6-4, 6-3.
Three-time Grand Slam champion Wawrinka put 16th seed Kyrgios out
with an impressive display after losing a one-sided opening set.
Wawrinka has been struggling to find his best form since returning to
the ATP Tour after two knee operations a year ago and has slumped to
195 in the world rankings.
"I'm looking for confidence. I'm looking for matches," he said.
grateful I got the wildcard to play directly in the main draw.
"I knew it was going to be a tough match. Winning 1-6, 7-5, 7-5, it's great for me. Any victory is good to get more confidence.
"I'm happy with the way I'm practicing. I'm really happy with the
level and the way I'm moving on the practice court, and I need to find
how to put it in the match."
Wawrinka's victory in just over two hours avenged a 2015 loss to
Kyrgios in Canada, when the Swiss had to retire. That contest was also
remembered for Kyrgios insulting his opponent's girlfriend Donna Vekic.
Kyrgios, with green fluorescent tape encircling each kneecap, quit
injured in last week's Washington quarter-finals, and he was treated in
the second set here for his chronically troublesome hip.
The 33-year-old Wawrinka broke late in the second set to level the
match, and completed his fightback on a second match point as he also
broke in the 12th game of the decider.
"My hip is, obviously, a little bit sore. That's why I called the
trainer on the court. So it's pretty self-explanatory," Kyrgios said.
"It's good to see Stan back, I guess. He's obviously had a tough 12
months with his injury, and it's good seeing him back winning some
Djokovic, a four-time
winner in Canada, double-faulted while serving for the match to slip
into a second-set tie-break, but he finished the job for a second-round
"(I need) the consistency of playing on a high level match after
match, I haven't had that post-surgery for several months," Djokovic
"I was struggling to play two or three matches in a row consistently well. So that has changed and obviously feels good."
Djokovic win in 90 minutes with nine aces; he now stands 36-6 at the event and next plays Canada's Peter Polansky.
Japan's Kei Nishikori lost serve five times in a 7-5, 6-1 loss to Robin Haase of the Netherlands.
His defeat was the third in three matches for Japanese players after less than two days of play.
Russian Karen Khachanov reached the second round at the expense of
Serb Filip Krajinovic 6-3, 6-2, while American Sam Querrey beat Adrian
Mannarino of France 6-2, 7-5.
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, winner of two of his last
three tournaments, beat American Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-4.
Results from the ATP Toronto Masters tournament on Tuesday (x denotes seeding):
Stan Wawrinka (SUI) bt Nick Kyrgios (AUS x16) 1-6, 7-5, 7-5
Sam Querrey (USA) bt Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 6-2, 7-5
Robin Haase (NED) bt Kei Nishikori (JPN) 7-5, 6-1
Karen Khachanov (RUS) bt Filip Krajinovic (SRB) 6-3, 6-2
Frances Tiafoe (USA) bt Marco Cecchinato (ITA) 7-6 (7/3), 6-1
Ryan Harrison (USA) bt Mackenzie McDonald (USA) 6-4, 6-2
Novak Djokovic (SRB x9) bt Mirza Basic (BIH) 6-3, 7-6 (7/3)
Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) bt Damir Dzumhur (BIH) 6-3, 7-6 (7/3)
Fabio Fognini (ITA x14) bt Steve Johnson (USA) 6-4, 6-4
Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) bt Lucas Pouille (FRA) 6-4, 6-3
Evgeny Donskoy (RUS) bt Andrey Rublev (RUS) 7-6 (9/7), 6-4
Denis Shapovalov (CAN) bt Jeremy Chardy (FRA) 6-1, 6-4
Marin Cilic (CRO x6) bt Borna Coric (CRO) 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x5) bt Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7/5)