Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Polansky falls to Djokovic in Toronto

Polansky falls to Djokovic in Toronto

Turns out the switch actually benefited him in the end.

Four-time champion Novak Djokovic advanced to the third round of the Rogers Cup on Wednesday, defeating Canadian wild card Peter Polansky 6-3, 6-4 in a rain-delayed match on centre court.

'I knew I was playing pretty good today, ' a delighted Tsitsipas said. It was a little disappointing in that sense.

"I just feel like I'm back at my best but I'm still a work in progress".

"In a way he really pumped me up with his win.

The Serb, the ninth seed, wrapped up the match against the world 121 in one hour and 25 minutes.

'That break [in the third set] was everything.

"Honestly I'm not sure what he said".

Sky's coverage means all the action can be followed on your desktop or laptop via the Sky Go app, which if you're an existing customer, is also available on iOS and Android smartphone and tablet devices. "I just need to get used to play like this, and I don't have any doubt that I will".

At No. 26, Shapovalov is the highest ranked Canadian in the men's draw.

If he goes on to beat Daniil Medvedev, he could become the youngest player to win two matches at the Rogers Cup since Mats Wilander in 1982.

All the quarter-finals matches to be played on Friday in Toronto.

Nadal, playing his first event since losing to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon semi-finals, will face sixth-seed Marin Cilic of Croatia next.

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"Got moved to grand stand #welldone #homeevent", Shapovalov wrote, adding the clapping hands emoji.

"I've had plenty of success in Toronto and Montreal, and I wanted to start off well", said Djokovic.

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. Tiafoe will face Canada's Milos Raonic in the second round.

Wawrinka battled back, converting on 86 per cent of his first service points to take the second set.

"I just played sort of the wrong way", Raonic said.

"I thought I served well in the moments when I really needed it..."

There was a crowd-pleasing upset on Centre Court, as Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime ousted France's Lucas Pouille 6-4 6-3, a day before the underdog's 18th birthday.

"That restored Djokovic to the top 10 of the rankings and he will target another surge up the standings throughout the hard-court season - with the main prize the US Open".

Currently, the Davis Cup is structured around a 16-nation World Group, contested over four weekends during the year.

Rafael Nadal admits he is feeling confident after defeating Stan Wawrinka to reach the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup.

Third seed Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina pulled out of the tournament prior to his second-round clash with The Netherlands' Robin Haase, citing a left wrist injury.

There was some joy for Canada after emerging star Denis Shapovalov beat 14th seed Fognini 6-3 7-5.

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