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


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


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.