Murray and Raonic ease into the third round in Toronto, Isner joins them

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Seeded players Andy Murray, John Isner, Milos Raonic, and Philip Kohlschreiber needed two sets each to advance into the third round of 2010 Rogers Cup in Toronto.

Eighth seed American Isner booked his place in the third round of Toronto Masters for the first time in his career. He beat Spaniard Pablo Andujar in two sets after little less than two hours of play. The first set was decided in a tie-break after Isner converted his second set point. In the following set, the American lost his serve first, but broke back immediately and took Andujar’s serve once more in the eleventh game. He ended the match on a high note with a love game: 7-6 (5), 7-5.

12th-seeded 2010 quarterfinalist Kohlschreiber from Germany did not have much trouble defeating Italian Fabio Fognini. Both of the sets had an identical course: Fognini gave away his serve in the third game and had three opportunities to break back in the following game. He failed to do so and was punished by his opponent, who managed to convert yet another break point in game five. The Italian therefore found himself trailing 4-1 twice. Kohlschreiber wrapped up the two sets smoothly: 6-2, 6-2. His next round opponent Isner will presumably be a tougher nut to crack.

21-yeard old Canadian Raonic needed one hour and ten minutes to eliminate Serb Viktor Troicki. This is his third Toronto Masters, but he never won a match until this year. He held on to all of his serves against Troicki while converting one break point per set himself. This enabled him a rather confident 6-3, 6-4 victory. 16th seed Canadian will be looking to upset the Olympic hero Murray in the third round.

Second seeded two times Toronto champion Murray did not show any complacency after winning a prestigious Olympic title few days ago. Although World No. 97 Italian Flavio Cipolla had earned an occasional break point, Murray was the only one grabbing his adversary’s serves. In the end, the scoreboard displayed 6-1, 6-3 for the Scotsman.

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