Defending Champion Serbian Novak Djokovic defeated Australian 19-year old Bernard Tomic at the Rogers Cup and is one step closer to defend his title. The world number 2 needed 71 minutes to win 6-2 6-3. After each player holding serve twice at the beginning of the first set, Djokovic showed great strength and was able to break Tomic twice, taking the set 6-2. The Serbian played better on crucial points and had to save 6 break points throughout the set. In the second set, one break for Djokovic in the eighth game was enough for the top seed to win it 6-3 and book his place in round three. Djokovic was better on serve than his opponent in set two, firing 5 aces and winning 87% of points after the his first serve found it’s mark. Looking at the stats of the match, the Serb hit 22 winners and 16 unforced errors while Tomic hit 19 winners and 26 unforced errors.
Next up for Djokovic will be Sam Querrey of America, who defeated Japanese player Kei Nishikori in straight sets 6-2 6-3 to book his place in the third round. Querrey saved 7 break points in the first set and broke Nishikori’s serve twice to seal the set 6-2. In set two, the world no. 35 won 81% of service points and needed one break to take it 6-3.
Djokovic leads the head to head against Querrey 3-0, but their last meeting was in 2010.
Another player who advanced to the third round with a straight sets victory is German Tommy Haas, who overcame Frenchman Gilles Simon with a 6-2 6-3 win. Haas broke Simon’s serve in the third and the seventh game and won 89% of service points and 52% of return points to win the first set 6-2. After both players holding serve in the first six games of the second set, the German broke twice to sail to a comfortable victory. Hitting 23 winners helped the German veteran reach the third round, where he will meet another veteran, Radek Stepanek, who upset Olympic silver medalist Del Potro. The Czech leads 3-2 in the head to head against Haas (2-1 on hard court). Their last encounter was early this year at the Miami Masters, where Stepanek prevailed.