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Wawrinka, Djokovic advance in Toronto

AFP  |  Toronto (Canada) 

and reached the second round of the Masters on Tuesday, with both men polishing their pre-form.

Wawrinka put his comeback from back on track with a 1-6, 7-5, 7-5 comeback win over

holder Djokovic eased to victory, beating 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) after the Bosnian replaced orignal opponent of South Korea, who withdrew before the match with

A pair of Canadian teenagers advanced, with dominating 6-1, 6-4 while good friend Felix Auger-Aliassime, who turns 18 on Wednesday, thrilled his home fans as he defeated of 6-4, 6-3.

Three-time Grand Slam champion Wawrinka put 16th seed Kyrgios out with an impressive display after losing a one-sided opening set.

Wawrinka has been struggling to find his best form since returning to after two a year ago and has slumped to 195 in the world rankings.

"I'm looking for confidence. I'm looking for matches," he said. "I'm grateful I got the wildcard to play directly in the main draw.

"I knew it was going to be a tough match. Winning 1-6, 7-5, 7-5, it's great for me. Any victory is good to get more confidence.

"I'm happy with the way I'm practicing. I'm really happy with the level and the way I'm moving on the practice court, and I need to find how to put it in the match." Wawrinka's victory in just over two hours avenged a 2015 loss to Kyrgios in Canada, when the Swiss had to retire. That contest was also remembered for Kyrgios insulting his opponent's girlfriend

Kyrgios, with green fluorescent tape encircling each kneecap, quit injured in last week's quarter-finals, and he was treated in the second set here for his chronically troublesome hip.

The 33-year-old Wawrinka broke late in the second set to level the match, and completed his fightback on a second match point as he also broke in the 12th game of the decider.

"My hip is, obviously, a little bit sore. That's why I called the trainer on the court. So it's pretty self-explanatory," Kyrgios said.

"It's good to see Stan back, I guess. He's obviously had a tough 12 months with his injury, and it's good seeing him back winning some matches." - Djokovic beats Basic - ========================

Djokovic, a four-time winner in Canada, double-faulted while serving for the match to slip into a second-set tie-break, but he finished the job for a second-round spot.

"(I need) the consistency of playing on a high level match after match, I haven't had that postsurgery for several months," Djokovic said.

"I was struggling to play two or three matches in a row consistently well. So that has changed and obviously feels good." Djokovic win in 90 minutes with nine aces; he now stands 36-6 at the event and next plays Canada's Peter Polansky. Japan's lost serve five times in a 7-5, 6-1 loss to of the

His defeat was the third in three matches for Japanese players after less than two days of play.

Russian reached the second round at the expense of Serb 6-3, 6-2, while American beat of 6-2, 7-5.

American defeated Italy's 7-6 (7/3), 6-1, Greek rising star accounted for Damir Dzumhur 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) and 14th seed Fabio Fognini, winner of two of his last three tournaments, beat American 6-4, 6-4.

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First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 10:55 IST
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