Federer, Nadal advance in Toronto

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:36 IST

Top-seeded Roger Federer and defending champion Rafael Nadal cleared their first hurdles in straight sets at the Rogers Cup on Tuesday.

Federer, Nadal advance in Toronto

Toronto:

Top-seeded Roger Federer and defending champion Rafael Nadal cleared their first hurdles in straight sets at the Rogers Cup on Tuesday. Federer accounted for Paul-Henri Mathieu of France 6-3, 6-4, while second-seeded Nadal eased past Olympic champ Nicolas Massu 6-3, 6-2. For both favourites it was their first match since the Wimbledon final a month ago, where Federer defeated Nadal for his eighth Grand Slam title and fourth straight at the All England Club. Federer hit 14 aces against Mathieu and broke him once in each set without offering a break point. He then walked off with a piece of cake brought on court to celebrate his 25th birthday. Nadal broke Massu twice in the last three games. He'll next face South Korean qualifier Lee Hyung-taik, who beat Colombian qualifier Alejandro Falla 6-0, 6-7 (5), 6-1. Federer will meet another Frenchman, Sebastien Grosjean. Losing out Sixth-seeded Nikolay Davydenko, who won his second clay title this year on Sunday in Poland, lost to Xavier Malisse of Belgium 6-3, 7-5. Malisse, twice a finalist on hardcourts this year, broke the Russian three times. Tommy Robredo won the last four games to oust 2000 champ Marat Safin 7-5, 5-7, 6-2. Safin broke Robredo in the last game of the second set to level, but after Safin broke back for 2-2 in the deciding set, seventh-seeded Robredo pulled away to tie their matchups at four wins apiece. The Spaniard won the last Masters Series event in Hamburg in May, and Bastad last month. British teen Andy Murray, runner-up in Washington on Sunday, dug out a 6-2, 7-6 (6) win over 12th-seeded David Ferrer of Spain. American qualifier Kevin Kim rallied past countryman and 17th-seeded Robby Ginepri 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, converting all three of his break points. Ginepri was seeded on Tuesday after No. 8 Radek Stepanek withdrew with an upper back strain. Germany's Denis Gremelmayr replaced Stepanek in the draw and defeated Belgium's Kristof Vliegen 7-6 (2), 6-2. (AP)

Topics : Tennis David Ferrer Novak Djokovic Bernard Tomic Rafael Nadal Andy Murray Stanislas Wawrinka Roger Federer
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