Published: Mon, August 13, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Nadal routs Paire to reach third round in Toronto

Nadal routs Paire to reach third round in Toronto

"So I think good days are ahead of both of them".

"It's a dream of any kid out there in this world, any kid that's playing tennis, to beat these kinds of players, so I can call it the best moment of my life", a shocked Tsitsipas said.

Top seed Rafael Nadal is also through after he overcame Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka 7-5, 7-6 in a battle of Grand Slam champions.

"So losing the second set, it was tough to deal with".

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Pointing out that Cincinnati remains the only Masters 1000 event which he did not win in his career, the 31-year-old said that he is looking forward to go there and put his best foot forward. "But I just played not that great, especially from the baseline".

The top-seeded Nadal will play Karen Khachanov, a 6-3, 6-1 victor over Robin Haase.

The favourite was much improved in the second set but still could not shake off Tsitsipas, needing to save two late break points as his opponent closed on victory. "I've never felt so many emotions after a victory".

Holding his nerve, Tsitsipas hit a stunning backhand down the line to break serve in the second game of the third set - and never looked back.

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Even those not interested in sports in general have heard the name Novak Djokovic - such is his level of his success in the world of tennis.

World number one Nadal, who kicked off the evening session a little over an hour after its original start time, had some issues with his serve later in the match but still needed only 74 minutes to secure his spot in the third round. "I didn't play well". But the teen converted all four of his break-point opportunities, while Zverev was five for 14.

In the doubles quarterfinals, the top-seeded duo of Austria's Oliver Marach and Croatia's Mate Pavic edged Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands and Romania's Horia Tecau 6-7 (5), 7-5, 10-6.

In other results, fourth seed and Wimbledon runner-up Kevin Anderson downed Ilya Ivashka of Belarus in straight sets.

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Play continues through Sunday at the US$5.94-million tournament. He rose to prominence a year ago with a stellar run at the Rogers Cup in Montreal that ended with a semifinal loss to eventual champion Alex Zverev.

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