Fourth seed Rafael Nadal returned to ATP World Tour with a smashing victory over domestic player Jesse Levine, ranked 132nd. In the first match Rafa has played since his surprise first round exit at this year’s Wimbledon the Spaniard was in a commanding position from beginning to end and dropped only two games in one hour and sixteen minutes of play. A two-time Montreal conqueror (2005, 2008) grabbed a 6-2, 6-0 victory and will take on Polish prospect Jerzy Janowicz in Round of 16 at Coupe Rogers in Montreal.
“I didn’t play a perfect match”, Nadal commented. “I played well. The conditions out there today were very difficult. I will say I did the right things to be in the next round.”
Reigning champion Novak Djokovic struggled a bit with his serve in the match against German Florian Mayer, but defended all seven break points and ultimately progressed in less than one hour of play, seizing the opponent’s serve a couple of times in each of the sets. The World no. 1 booked the last sixteen ticket by winning 6-2, 6-1 and will play Uzbek Denis Istomin next.
Andy Murray, seed number three, had a more difficult day at the office facing the in-form Spaniard Marcel Granollers who came to Montreal on the heels of last week’s Kitzbuhel triumph. While the Wimbledon champion wrapped up the opening set thanks to a one break advantage, he needed to rescue a set ball in the following one to force a tie-break before completing a 6-4, 7-6 (2) victory. His next opponent is Ernests Gulbis of Latvia.
Third-seeded David Ferrer finished his Montreal 2013 campaign early in the tournament as he was beaten by Alex Bogomolov Jr. in straight sets. The Russian qualifier saved all six break balls and seized the uninspired Spaniard’s serve three times before putting the match away with a hold to love. End score: 6-2, 6-4. He will face his compatriot Nikolay Davydenko in the upcoming round.