Federer advances in Toronto

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/A/Aprogerfederer.jpg' class='caption'> Top-ranked Roger Federer put away Sebastien Grosjean 6-3, 6-3 in the second round of the Rogers Cup on Wednesday.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:36 IST
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Top-ranked Roger Federer put away Sebastien Grosjean 6-3, 6-3 in the second round of the Rogers Cup on Wednesday and won his 50th straight match in North America. Federer broke Grosjean in the eighth game of the first set, started the second set with another break then lost his own serve straight away. He won the last three games to advance to a third-round match against in-form Dmitry Tursunov of Russia. Since he lost in the first round of Cincinnati in August 2004, Federer has won eight successive North American tournaments, including the last two US Opens. Defending champion Rafael Nadal defeated Lee Hyung-taik of South Korea 6-4, 6-3. "I didn't play my best but that's okay, I won," said Nadal, who lined up Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in the third round. Fifth-seeded James Blake and seventh-seeded Tommy Robredo both exited, leaving only three of the top 10 seeds. Richard Gasquet of France upset Blake 6-4, 6-3 in their first meeting. The 20-year-old Frenchman has won 12 of his last 14 matches, including titles at Nottingham in June and Gstaad last month. Robredo was undone by Jose Acasuso of Argentina 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. No. 4-seeded Ivan Ljubicic defeated France's Arnaud Clement, the winner in Washington on Sunday, 7-6 (6), 6-4 and reached the tournament's third round for the first time at his sixth attempt. Former Rogers Cup champ Thomas Johansson advanced when Lleyton Hewitt retired while trailing 6-3, 3-2 with a right knee injury he hurt last week in Washington. Fernando Gonzalez of Chile, Carlos Moya of Spain and Berdych breezed into the round of 16. Gonzalez, No. 16 in the world, defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain 6-2, 6-1. Gonzalez was successful on 88 per cent of his first serves against Ferrero, and faces Ljubicic next. Moya defeated Denis Gremelmayr of Germany 6-1, 6-4, and 13th-seeded Berdych downed Mikhail Youzhny of Russia 7-6 (3), 6-4. Tursunov steamrolled 16th-seeded Tommy Haas in the final set to win 7-5, 2-6, 6-1. Tursunov reached the Los Angeles final and Washington semifinals in the last two weeks. Xavier Malisse of Belgium beat Paradorn Srichaphan 7-6 (3), 6-3 with only one break, while the Thai missed four chances, Julien Benneteau of France upset Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia 7-6 (2), 5-7, 6-1 in 2 hours, 30 minutes; and Andy Murray underlined his status as British No. 1 by beating Tim Henman 6-2, 7-6 (3) for a second straight time. (AP)

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