Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Djokovic fends off Polansky to advance at Rogers Cup

Djokovic fends off Polansky to advance at Rogers Cup

"I thought I found pretty good accuracy and angles with the first serve, and also my second serve worked pretty well".

Djokovic, the victor of 30 career Masters titles. will next face either seventh seed Dominic Thiem, who has yet to step on to a hard court this summer with the US Open just over a fortnight away, or rising Greek youngster Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Four-time champion Novak Djokovic advanced to the third round of the Rogers Cup on Wednesday, defeating Canadian wild card Peter Polansky 6-3, 6-4 in between rain delays that wreaked havoc on Day 3 of the Masters 1000 event.

"I actually feel like there is more time now than before because the shot clock starts counting down once the chair umpire calls the score", Djokovic said.

Djokovic faded late against his flashy opponent, who played with poise and power on a warm, breezy afternoon at Aviva Centre.

Tsitsipas set up match point with a scorching crosscourt victor before completing the victory in two hours 17 minutes.

"I thought I served well in the moments when I really need it and I was looking for the first serve", said Djokovic.

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"Of course I was not at 100 percent today", Nadal, 32, told reporters. "In the moments when I probably needed to step it up, I did". "I just played not that great".

Sixth seed Marin Cilic continued his quiet progress, beating Argentine 11th seed Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-2.

He'll next face second-seeded defending champion Alexander Zverev of Germany, a 6-3, 6-2 victor over Russia's Daniil Medvedev. "I get into a rhythm of playing matches one after another, and right now, I'm in that rhythm".

Anderson topped qualifier Ilya Ivashka of Belarus 7-5, 6-3, and Dimitrov beat American Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (1), 3-6, 7-6 (4). Dimitrov, who last reached a quarter-final in April, added: "Clearly I'm not playing my best tennis, but I'm finding a way and managing to go through those matches".

Del Potro, who had a bye in the first round after reaching the Los Cabos final last week, was set to play Robin Haase of the Netherlands. Haase beat Mikhail Youzhny of Russian Federation 7-5, 6-2.

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