Stan Wawrinka (left) and Rafael Nadal (right) meet at centre court following their match in the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at Aviva Centre in Toronto August 10, 2018.
And Wawrinka had the opportunity to force a deciding set at 5-4 but Nadal broke back - an extraordinary forehand victor sparking a wild celebration and providing the latter with the chance he needed to triumph.
Djokovic, coming off his fourth Wimbledon title last month, fired seven aces and never faced a break point in the 1-hour, 25-minute match. He last won the Rogers Cup in 2016. "Now I'm playing the Rogers Cup, so I haven't really thought of doing anything for my birthday except playing a match".
"It's true that we had a clinker", Wawrinka told Tennis World. Overall, my game was so-and-so. I had to trust the process and be patient and that's probably the biggest lesson I've learned because I probably wasn't that patient throughout my life!
The match was played under threatening grey skies which eventually dumped heavy rain on the courts just after Djokovic wrapped up his win.More news: Danny Ings: I wish LFC all the success
He'll next face second-seeded defending champion Alexander Zverev of Germany, a 6-3, 6-2 victor over Russia's Daniil Medvedev.
In other first-round action, Swiss wild card Stan Wawrinka upset 16th-seeded Australian Nick Kyrgios 1-6 7-5 7-5 while Dutchman Robin Haase beat Japan's Kei Nishikori 7-5 6-1.
Haase beat Del Potro's replacement, Russia's Mikhail Youzhny, 7-5 6-2. Top-seeded Rafael Nadal of Spain was scheduled to face Benoit Paire of France at night. 'Made me braver and more experienced, I would say.
MONTREAL (AP) - Maria Sharapova advanced to the second round of the Rogers Cup with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over qualifier Sesil Karatantcheva of Bulgaria on Tuesday.
Kerber, from Germany wilted in the sticky heat at IGA Stadium in her first match since Wimbledon. "I knew I was playing pretty good today".More news: Paleontologists Find Extraordinary Set of Mega-Shark Teeth in Australia | Paleontology
Djokovic said he was having no problems with the shot clock despite being a player who regularly picks up violations for the length of time he takes between points. Every tournament starts from zero.
"But the crowd on the grand stand, I think they helped me a lot because it was so ecstatic, it was so energetic because it's so compact and it actually bothered Fognini quite a bit, especially toward the end".
U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, seeded third, routed local favorite Francoise Abanda 6-0, 6-2. "And now that the tournament is here, it's like I have another priority". "I'm trying to get some confidence from winning matches".
The Russian will face sixth-seeded Caroline Garcia of France in the third round.More news: Sunil Gavaskar declines invitation for Imran Khan's oath-taking ceremony
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