Granollers, Youzhny, Querrey win openers in Toronto

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Marcel Granollers of Spain is through to the second round of the Roger Cup held in Toronto after dismissing Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky. The Spaniard needed three sets and 2 hours and 8 minutes to win 4-6 6-4 6-3. Although winning 4 points only on the Spaniard’s serve in the first set, Stakhovsky was able to break his opponent’s serve and win the set 6-4. Interesting to know is that Granollers won 32 points in that first set, while Stakhovsky won 31 only. In the second set, the world no. 27 improved his serve significantly and needed only one break to take it 6-4.  Granollers started strong in the final set and broke the Ukrainian’s serve twice to win the set 6-3 and to set a second round clash with German player Florian Mayer. Mayer has won their only previous encounter, which was on clay in 2011.

Russian player Mikhail Youzhny also advanced to the second round, overcoming Kevin Anderson in straight sets 6-1 7-6. After breaking Youzhny’s serve in the first game of the first set, Anderson got broken three times, winning only 4 points on serve and losing six consecutive games to lose the first set 6-1. Getting an early lead with a break in the second set, the Russian, ranked world no. 30, got broken in the eighth game and the tiebreak had to decide the outcome of the second set. Youzhny started strong with a 4-0 lead, before closing it out  7-3 . Youzhny’s next opponent will be Serbian world no. 9 Janko Tipsarevic. The Russian leads the head to head 3-2, having won the last three meetings.

Another player, who also advanced to the second round of Rogers Cup, is Sam Querrey, who had an easy 6-3 6-2 win over Jurgen Melzer. The American, who received a special exempt into the main draw after reaching the semifinal of Washington last week, fired 11 aces and won 81% of his service points throughout the match to win in 59 minutes. The Austrian left handed player ranked no. 36, one place after Querrey, got broken 3 times on his way to lose the match. Querrey will now play with world no. 17 Japanese Kei Nishikori in the second round. Their head to head is tied at 1-1, but Nishikori won their only meeting on hard court back in 2008.

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