Montreal: Andy Murray shook off some early rust to beat Marcel Granollers 6-4, 7-6(2) in his first match since winning Wimbledon and Rafael Nadal blazed past Canadian wildcard Jesse Levine in the second round of the Rogers Cup on Wednesday.
Murray struggled to find his usual rhythm in windy conditions and had to save two set points in a mixed display that reflected some nerves and a lack of match practice.
The Scot romped through the tiebreak with some impressive shot-making to set up a third round meeting with Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis, who beat Italian Fabio Fognini 6-3, 1-6, 6-1.
“It was tricky, it is extremely windy here. I didn’t feel that I had my timing and got pushed behind the baseline,” he said.
Nadal found Levine willing in the opening exchanges as the pair engaged in some exciting and lengthy rallies. But as he has demonstrated throughout his illustrious career, Nadal had all the answers and showed in his 6-2, 6-0 victory that he has returned to the tour in top shape after a long absence.
“After seven weeks without playing a match, I’m very pleased,” Nadal said.
Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro won a late night thriller against Croatia’s Ivan Dodig 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.
Canada’s top ranked player, world No. 13 Milos Raonic, overcame Russian Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 6-4 just before the weather turned foul.