Pospisil downs Isner at Rogers Cup in Montreal

Vasek Pospisil of Canada ground out a 5-7, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4) win
over America’s John Isner in the first round of the Rogers Cup on
Tuesday.

Two-time defending Rogers Cup champion Novak Djokovic also moved
on, cruising to a 6-2, 6-1 win against Florian Mayer.

Pospisil will next face 51st-ranked Radek Stepanek, who beat
12th-seeded Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3.

Three other Canadians advanced, too: Milos Raonic, Filip Peliwo
and Frank Dancevic.

The 13th-seeded Raonic used his booming serve to beat France’s
Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 in a night match. He next plays Mikhail
Youzhny.

Raonic said he felt no added pressure to keep the Canadian
winning streak going.

”I’m very proud and happy for the guys that have been
winning,” he said. ”But it doesn’t affect myself personally.

The 19-year-old Peliwo, who won the boys’ title at Wimbledon
last year, staved off a match point in the second set with what he
called a ”lucky” shot, and then moved on when Jarkko Nieminen
stopped playing in the third set because of a hamstring injury.

Peliwo will face Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan in the second round
on Wednesday.

Dancevic defeated Lu Yen-hsun 5-7, 7-6 (6), 6-1 and next plays
Wimbledon semifinalist Jerzy Janowicz, who beat Julien Benneteau
3-6, 6-3, 7-5.

In the second round, Kei Nishikori of Japan rallied to beat
Italy’s Andreas Seppi 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.

Rafael Nadal, an 11-time Grand Slam champion who hasn’t played
since a first-round loss at Wimbledon, teamed with Pablo Andujar to
fight off two match points and beat David Ferrer and Feliciano
Lopez 6-7 (2), 6-4, 12-10 in doubles.

In other first round singles matches, 13th-seeded Fabio Fognini
beat Marcos Baghdatis 1-6, 6-1, 6-1, Alex Bogolomov got past
Michael Llodra 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, Mikhail Youzhny defeated Jurgen
Melzer 6-4, 7-6 (3) and Nikolay Davydenko came back to beat Gilles
Simon 2-6, 6-1, 6-1.

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