Djokovic advances in Toronto as del Potro withdraws

Thursday, 2018-08-09 01:05:07
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Reigning Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic moves on Wednesday at the Rogers Cup in Toronto. (Photo: Icon Sportswire)
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Reigning Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic moved on Wednesday at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, but former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina withdrew due to a left wrist injury.

Djokovic, seeded ninth, cruised past Canadian wild-card entrant Peter Polansky 6-3, 6-4 for a second-round victory in 1 hour, 25 minutes.

The 31-year-old Serb, who earned his 13th career Grand Slam last month, won 83 percent of his first-serve points and never faced a break point.

Earlier Wednesday, Del Potro tweeted, "Sorry to my fans in Toronto, but I have to pull out of the tournament since my left wrist needs some days of rest,"

Del Potro's exit gave a first-round bye to Russia's Mikhail Youzhny, who hadn't advanced through qualifying after withdrawing on Sunday. Youzhny's stay in the main draw didn't last long, though, as the Netherlands' Robin Haase beat him 7-5, 6-2 in a second-round match.

Russia's Karen Khachanov upset 12th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain 6-4, 7-6 (3). Belarus' Ilya Ivashka got past American Ryan Harrison 7-6 (5), 6-4 in a battle of qualifiers.

Top-seeded Rafael Nadal of Spain, who fell to Djokovic in the Wimbledon semifinals, and second-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany, who won the Citi Open in Washington last week, were scheduled to play their second-round matches Wednesday night.

Reuters