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Nadal, Thiem advance at rain-hit ATP Montreal Masters

By The Assam Tribune

MONTREAL, Aug 8: Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem advanced into the third round of the ATP Montreal Masters, with Thiem achieving a personal best in Canada.

Top-seeded holder Nadal suffered through a two-hour rain interruption before dismissing Britain�s Daniel Evans 7-6 (8/6), 6-4 on Wednesday.

Austrian second seed Thiem, who claimed a clay title at the weekend at home in Kitzbuehel before crossing the Atlantic, won his first match in Canada after five losses, defeating home hero Denis Shapovalov 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

With weather forecasts dicey for the next few days, the Spanish top seed got a taste of the conditions he might face as the 18-time Grand Slam champion defends his Canadian title.

�Today, the main thing was win. I�ve been playing and practising more or less well. Now is the moment to compete,� Nadal said.

�Today I competed enough well to be through. Tomorrow is another challenge.� That test will be against Argentina�s Guido Pella, who beat Radu Albot 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7/2).

Nadal is seeking his third title of the season and now stands 38-6 in 2019. He was playing for the first time since losing a Wimbledon semifinal to Roger Federer a month ago.

Thiem was relieved to have broken his duck in Canada by finally winning a match.

�It�s a great feeling. It�s not only the first match win here, but also against a great player,� he said.

�The court is pretty fast. It was a huge transition from clay to here.

�I�m very happy with the way I served. I�m also happy that I could swing free some flat serves again.� Thiem on Thursday faces 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic, who defeated Australian John Millman 6-3, 6-4.

Nadal said that restarting on cement after a long post-Wimbledon pause takes some adjustment.

�This is just the first day, first matches are always tough the first time on hardcourt,� he said.

�After Wimbledon always the mind goes down a little bit. I had a long clay court season, then grass, so you don�t relax.

�When you finish Wimbledon, your body loses a little bit of that tension, so it needs little bit of time to recover.� Nadal advanced after two hours of play but because of rain it took almost four and a half hours after the first ball was struck.

Injury-prone Milos Raonic retired to hand 18-year-old fellow Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime a 6-3, 3-6 win.

Raonic, a 2013 finalist here, was unable to go on after winning the second set to square the contest.

Auger-Aliassime got a walkover win against his compatriot last June on grass in Stuttgart when Raonic suffered a back injury. � AFP

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Nadal, Thiem advance at rain-hit ATP Montreal Masters

MONTREAL, Aug 8: Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem advanced into the third round of the ATP Montreal Masters, with Thiem achieving a personal best in Canada.

Top-seeded holder Nadal suffered through a two-hour rain interruption before dismissing Britain�s Daniel Evans 7-6 (8/6), 6-4 on Wednesday.

Austrian second seed Thiem, who claimed a clay title at the weekend at home in Kitzbuehel before crossing the Atlantic, won his first match in Canada after five losses, defeating home hero Denis Shapovalov 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

With weather forecasts dicey for the next few days, the Spanish top seed got a taste of the conditions he might face as the 18-time Grand Slam champion defends his Canadian title.

�Today, the main thing was win. I�ve been playing and practising more or less well. Now is the moment to compete,� Nadal said.

�Today I competed enough well to be through. Tomorrow is another challenge.� That test will be against Argentina�s Guido Pella, who beat Radu Albot 6-3, 2-6, 7-6 (7/2).

Nadal is seeking his third title of the season and now stands 38-6 in 2019. He was playing for the first time since losing a Wimbledon semifinal to Roger Federer a month ago.

Thiem was relieved to have broken his duck in Canada by finally winning a match.

�It�s a great feeling. It�s not only the first match win here, but also against a great player,� he said.

�The court is pretty fast. It was a huge transition from clay to here.

�I�m very happy with the way I served. I�m also happy that I could swing free some flat serves again.� Thiem on Thursday faces 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic, who defeated Australian John Millman 6-3, 6-4.

Nadal said that restarting on cement after a long post-Wimbledon pause takes some adjustment.

�This is just the first day, first matches are always tough the first time on hardcourt,� he said.

�After Wimbledon always the mind goes down a little bit. I had a long clay court season, then grass, so you don�t relax.

�When you finish Wimbledon, your body loses a little bit of that tension, so it needs little bit of time to recover.� Nadal advanced after two hours of play but because of rain it took almost four and a half hours after the first ball was struck.

Injury-prone Milos Raonic retired to hand 18-year-old fellow Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime a 6-3, 3-6 win.

Raonic, a 2013 finalist here, was unable to go on after winning the second set to square the contest.

Auger-Aliassime got a walkover win against his compatriot last June on grass in Stuttgart when Raonic suffered a back injury. � AFP