Djokovic downs home boy Polansky in Toronto

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The best match of the day lived up to the billing as Stan Wawrinka edged Nick Kyrgios in a thriller 1-6, 7-5, 7-5. "I've known him, I've practiced with him, but I've never played an official match so definitely not easy to find a rhythm from the beginning of the match", said Djokovic.

It has happened for me, the big comeback, winning a big trophy in Wimbledon, in the best possible scenario in the best possible setting. He's got a world-class backhand and matches like this are going to give him confidence.

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.

"I'm happy with the way I'm practicing".

"I thought I served well in the moments when I really need it", Djokovic said.

The victory in just over two hours avenged a 2015 loss to Kyrgios in Canada, when the Swiss had to retire.

Kyrgios and Wawrinka, while enjoying an amicable relationship now, were embroiled in a dicey moment in Canada three years ago when the Aussie alleged that countryman Thanasi Kokkinakis had slept with Wawrinka's girlfriend and WTA Tour player Donna Vekic.

However, Tsitsipas did well to break Djokovic for a 2-0 lead in the third set and never looked back.

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Kyrgios, from Australia, broke Wawrinka twice in the first-round match and had seven aces in a dominant first set. Obviously, it takes a little bit of time to get used to the new surface. That's why I called the trainer on the court. "Games can go really quickly on his side", Wawrinka said. "I think I did a good job of that today", Sharapova said.

"It was a good match".

When Kyrgios was 4-1 up in the first set, with Wawrinka serving, the Aussie absolutely nailed a forehand victor that left his three-time Grand Slam-winning opponent grasping at thin air and applauding the shot.

Heavy morning rain delayed the match by about an hour.

Djokovic, the ninth seed in Toronto, last won the Rogers Cup in 2016 and is coming off a win at Wimbledon this year. Haase instead faced Russian veteran Mikhail Youzhny, who pulled out of his second-round qualifying match on Sunday.

His loss was the third in three matches for Japanese players after less than two days of play. The No. 1 player in the ATP Rankings was in complete control on Wednesday night during his North American hard-court summer season debut, beating Frenchman Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-3 at the Rogers Cup in Toronto.

American Frances Tiafoe defeated Italy's Marco Cecchinato 7-6 (7/3), 6-1, Greek rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas accounted for Damir Dzumhur 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) and 14th seed Fabio Fognini, victor of two of his last three tournaments, beat American Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-4.

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