Thursday, August 9, 2012

Nole and Andy win, Delpo and Jo upset in Toronto

Nole and Andy win, Delpo and Jo upset in Toronto

Novak Djokovic defeated Bernard Tomic 6-2, 6-3 in the second round at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, where he is the defending champion.

Djokovic saved six break point in the opening set, and stepped up his level in the second, dropping just three points behind his serve.

“For the first match it was a decent performance,” said Djokovic. “Obviously at the start we played very long opening four games, and I was struggling to find the rhythm… It’s totally different conditions, time zone, ball bounce, everything.

“But I love playing on hard court. It’s my favourite surface. Obviously when I needed to play well and be patient, I’ve done that really well today. Serve was working really good, so that’s a positive.”

Djokovic next plays Sam Querrey.

Andy Murray, Olympic Gold medalist, beat Flavio Cipolla 6-1, 6-3 in his opening match

Murray set up a third-round match against Milos Raonic.

"I felt OK this morning when I practiced and decided to give it a go," Murray said. "I feel a little sore in the joints and stuff a little bit. I mean I feel tired mentally. I haven't really slept much in the last few days so that's probably catching up to me a little bit.

"But I hit the ball pretty well. After playing for eight weeks on grass pretty much, it's very different here. The ball is very quick compared with Wimbledon. It also bounces much higher. The court is much slower as well. So there are a lot of things to change."

The last time they played, Raonic beat Murray in the Barcelona semifinals.

"Yeah, it will be tough," Murray said. "He'll obviously be motivated playing in his own country. You know he's improved a lot over the last year, year and a half. He's playing really, really good tennis. Very big guy with a big game. Serves well and hits the ball very hard."

Olympic bronze medallist Juan Martin del Potro was upset by Radek Stepanek 64 76.

The Czech player broke serve four times and fired nine aces to seal the win in one hour and 50 minutes.

"I came here Monday night," explained del Potro. "It's not easy to play after a big effort in the Olympics, but I tried anyway. Now I need time to recover my body if I want to stay healthy. It's a fantastic tournament here in Toronto. I would like to play more matches, but Radek played better and was a good winner today."

Jeremy Chardy upset Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 7-6.

In two previous appearances in the Rogers Cup, Tsonga reached the semifinals.

Chardy is ranked 47th, while Tsonga is ranked sixth.

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