Play opened at the Tennis Masters Canada in Toronto on Monday with 12 matches that had to dodge the rain.
Canadian hope Milos Raonic delighted the home crowd a nice 6-3, 6-4 win over David Goffin.
“I think I can still serve much better. I don’t think I necessarily served particularly well, so I’ll take the time to work on some things tomorrow,” said Raonic who won all 27 first serve points. “But overall, it was a very good performance as a first performance here. And mentally I was in the right state of mind the whole way through, and I was very disciplined with myself.”
Raonic’s countryman Vasek Pospisil fell to Borna Coric in straights.
The struggling Jack Sock joined Goffin among the seeded losers, going down to qualifier Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. The 19th-ranked Sock is just 5-14 on the year.
Diego Schwartzman blew out Kyle Edmund 6-1, 6-2. Fernando Verdasco set a date with Grigor Dimitrov by defeating Peter Gojowyczk. And in a surprise, American qualifier Bradley Klahn secured a US Open berth beating David Ferrer. The points earned from the Ferrer win give Klahn an unassailable lead in the US Open wildcard challenge.
In doubles play, the Wimbledon finalists pairing of Djokovic-Anderson beat the young Candian duo of Shapovalov-Auger-Aliassime 6-3, 6-2.
On a big Tuesday, the some of the top names take the court. Novak Djokovic plays his first match since winning Wimbledon, and the Serb will have his hands full with Hyeon Chung who beat the former No. 1 in Australia.
Stan Wawrinka opens play against Nick Kyrgios. The two have split their four meetings including an infamous meeting in Canada in 2015 won by the Australian.
Canadian superstar and 2017 semifinalist Denis Shapovalov begins his campaign against Jeremy Chardy. And we’ll get a good look at Shapovalov’s countryman, the 17-year-old phenom Felix Auger-Aliassime who meets Lucas Pouille.
TUESDAY TORONTO SCHEDULE
Centre Court Starts At 11:00 Am
(WC) Stan Wawrinka v 16 Nick Kyrgios
Not Before 1:00 Pm
Hyeon Chung v 9 Novak Djokovic
(WC) Felix Auger-Aliassime v Lucas Pouille
Not Before 7:00 Pm
Jeremy Chardy v Denis Shapovalov
Not Before 8:30 Pm
Borna Coric v 6 Marin Cilic
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