Top seeds and the last two runner-ups, Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas, made tough but successful starts winning three setters in the Canadian Masters.
Medvedev used a rain delay to reset and upend Alexander Bublik 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 for a third win over the Kazakh in as many months.
“helped a lot,” Medvedev said about the rain delay. “I don’t know if the conditions changed with the humidity, but I was not playing well before the rain. I had my opportunities. I was missing second-serve returns, missing balls. I knew I had to play better if I was to win.
“When back on the court, from the first game I felt much better. I only felt better and better during the match, he did not have one break point. I turned around the match completely. It is a tough draw, even without Rafael Nadal. It does open up the draw for sure.”
In the evening Stefanos Tsitsipas gained revenge on Ugo Humbert. The Frenchman scored the shock win at the Olympics but this time Tsitsipas got on top with a 6-3, 6-7(13), 6-1.
“It’s all about the fighting spirit,” Tsitsipas said. “I’m someone who doesn’t like to give up.
“It wasn’t easy out there today. I had to do a lot. I put a lot of effort into stepping it up and to be my best today.”
American big men John Isner and Reilly Opelka advanced in straights. Isner took down Alejandro Davidovich Fokina while in the last match Opelka ousted Grigor Dimitrov.
Former finalist Kei Nishikori was a winner. Casper Ruud upped his win streak to 12 after beating Marin Cilic 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
Karen Khachanov also topped Cameron Norrie 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.
On Wednesday, Canadian stars Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov open play.
Andrey Rublev meets Fabio Fognini, Hurkacz faces Nishikori and Khachanov takes on Aslan Karatsev.
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