Rodger Federer was convincing against Peter Polansky in the second round of the Montreal ATP Masters 1000, while Rafael Nadal was dominant against the youngster Borna Coric. Gael Monfils defeated Kei Nishikori, while Juan Martin del Potro was eliminated after a shocking loss against a wildcard opponent.Federer quickly defeated Peter Polansky, 6-2, 6-1. On Tuesday the 18-time Grand Slam champion celebrated his 36th birthday, and he couldn’t wish for a better present.
“The thing is that they are big cakes, and you have to eat them during the week,” said Federer, smiling. “It’s good I’m doing some sport this week.”
Later that evening, Federer attended the concert of the famous rock band Coldplay.As for the match, he was simply dominating against the Canadian, and after six years, he grabbed his first victory here in Montreal.
Meanwhile, Nadal demolished one of the biggest talents in the sport, Borna Coric. The Croatian took only 3 games throughout the whole match, and Nadal won, 6-1, 6-2.
“Never too easy,” Nadal said. “At the beginning of the match, there were great points. I think I started playing so well in the first set, and in general, I played a great match. Last time that I played against him I lost, last year in Cincinnati. It was not an easy round for me.”
Rafa is only a few victories from reaching first place in the ATP standings. Andy Murray is going to skip the Cincinnati Masters, so the Spaniard has an open road ahead of him.
We also saw a very exciting match between Monfils and Nishikori. The French veteran saved four match points and eventually won the event after the tiebreak 6-7(4), 7-5, 7-6(6).
“It’s a good victory for many reasons,” said Monfils. “It’s a big revenge, because last year, around this time, I had the same thing actually against Kei. I was up 6-2 in the tie-break in the Olympics in the quarterfinals, and I lost the tiebreak. So I know exactly what he feels.”
Juan Martin del Potro was eliminated by a Canadian wildcard Denis Shapovalov, who is only 18 years old. After defeating the Argentinian 6-3, 7-6(4), Shapovalov became the youngest player in the quarterfinals of an ATP Masters since 2004, when Rafael Nadal did it.
“He’s my idol,” Shapovalov said of Del Potro. “First of all, just to play against him, it’s a huge honor for me. But to beat a player of this category, of this talent, it’s very inspiring and a huge confidence boost… It’s got to be one of my best wins. Has to be.”