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Rogers Cup faces multiple rain delays

English.news.cn   2014-08-06 07:49:26

TORONTO, Aug. 5 (Xinhua) -- The inclement weather in Toronto tested the patience of tennis fans and players on Monday after the first round of the ATP Rogers Cup was held up from multiple rain delays.

Matches were suspended three separate times from the rain, but the action resumed uninterrupted in the evening as the skies cleared just in time for 13 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Croatian Ivan Dodig in the singles matches, and Novak Djokovic and Stanislas Wawrinka in the doubles, to advance into the second round of the tournament.

Frenchman Tsonga dominated compatriot Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the second half of the match with a 7-6 (7-3) , 6-1 win. Despite Tsonga's numerous unforced errors, it was a close first set with the two battling it out for 53 minutes before Tsonga finally took the set. But Tsonga took over the second set as he gained momentum and won the match in an hour and 15 minutes.

"I was a little bit tight at the beginning, and he was pretty aggressive," Tsonga said after the match. "And after winning the first set, I felt a little bit more free. Then I played better tennis."

This now marks the 11th time the two-time Rogers Cup semi- finalist has faced Roger-Vasselin. Tsonga explained that the long break after his last match at Wimbledon threw him off his game.

"It's always difficult when you didn't play for a few weeks, but it was my choice and I practiced a lot during those weeks," he said. "When you come on the court for the first time again, you want to be good. You want to see if your practice was good or not. "

Tsonga will meet another countryman, Jeremy Chardy, world No. 36, in the next round.

In another court, world No. 10 John Isner was upset by Dodig, 6- 4, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3. It was a hard-fought battle on both ends.

Isner, who blamed his loss to Steve Johnson at the Citi Open on his court assignment just last week, fought hard to win a second- set tie break to stay in the game, but Dodig picked up the pace and ended Isner's run at Rogers Cup in the first round.

It was a long day, but fans stuck around till the end to watch world No. 1's Novak Djokovic and Stanislas Wawrinka in their doubles match against Juan Sebastian Cabal and David Marrero.

Djokovic and Wawrinka dusted off their opponents in two sets of 6-3, 7-5 in just an hour and nine minutes. This is the second time the two have paired up. The last time was at the China Open where they made the semi-finals before withdrawing due to Wawrinka's injury.

While the evening matches went interrupted, that wasn't the case for matches scheduled in the afternoon when storms moved through the city.

Lleyton Hewitt and Julien Benneteau had to play through two rain delays, but the Frenchman finished off the match with ease. Benneteau was leading 4-1 in the first set against Hewitt when the match was first interrupted by the rain, but he picked up where he left off. Even with the second rain delay, Benneteau dominated with a 6-1, 6-2 victory.

The Rogers Cup Hall of Fame induction ceremony for Stefan Edberg and former Rogers Cup Master of Ceremonies Don Goodwin was also postponed due to the weather. They will now be inducted Tuesday night.

Editor: An
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