No.9 seed Novak Djokovic continued his bid for a fifth Rogers Cup crown with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Peter Polansky on Wednesday.
The four-time former titlist broke once in each set to beat the home favourite and progress into the last 16 in one hour and 24 minutes.
The Serbian star was perfect 6/6 on net approaches. He is now leading 2-0 against the Canadian in H2H meetings.
“I served well in the moments when I really needed it and I was looking for the first serve,” said Djokovic. “I found pretty good accuracy and angles with the first serve, and also my second serve worked pretty well. Overall my game was so-and-so. In the moments when I needed to step it up, I did.”
Match statistics: aces (7-0), double faults (2-2), winners (23-9), unforced errors (29-26), total points won (64-49).
Nole improved to 37-6 at the event and plays 19-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE, ATP #27) for a place in the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament quarters.
The NextGenATP star defeated seventh seed Dominic Thiem (AUT) in straight sets. Novak and Tsitsipas have never met before.
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