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Djokovic, Murray advance; del Potro exits Toronto

Wed 8th, August 2012

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Top seed Novak Djokovic and Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray were easy second-round winners, while London Games bronze medalist Juan Martin del Potro went by way of the upset Wednesday at the $2.649 million Rogers Cup tennis event, the sixth of nine ATP Masters tournaments this year.

The reigning Australian Open and U.S. Open champion Djokovic powered past Australian Bernard Tomic, 6-2, 6-3. The two-time Rogers Cup titlist Djokovic beat American Mardy Fish in last year's Rogers Cup finale in Montreal.

The second-seeded Murray, who's a two-time Rogers Cup champion, won his seventh straight match overall by handling Italian qualifier Flavio Cipolla 6-1, 6-3 in 1 hour, 22 minutes on the hardcourts at Rexall Centre. The powerful Brit was not broken in the predictable victory.

Murray upset Roger Federer in Sunday's marquee men's singles gold-medal match at the All England Club, where the British star lost to the Swiss great in the Wimbledon finale last month.

The high-flying Murray's third-round opponent will be 16th-seeded rising Canadian star Milos Raonic.

The sixth-seeded former U.S. Open champion del Potro, following an opening- round bye, succumbed to Czech veteran Radek Stepanek 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) on Day 3. Stepanek fired nine aces past his tall Argentine counterpart.

Del Potro was the 2009 Rogers Cup runner-up to Murray in Montreal, as this event shifts between Montreal and Toronto each year.

Another big Wednesday upset came when Jeremy Chardy doused third-seeded fellow Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 7-6 (7-4). Chardy fired 10 aces and was not broken, while Tsonga popped eight aces, but was broken once, in the opening set.

Meanwhile, fourth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych avoided an upset by holding off improving Frenchman Julien Benneteau 6-7 (10-12), 6-4, 6-4, while fifth-seeded Serb Janko Tipsarevic got past gritty Russian Mikhail Youzhny, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4.

Germany's Tommy Haas defeated ninth-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon, 6-2, 6-3.

Tenth-seeded Croat Marin Cilic handled former Australian Open runner-up Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 7-5, 6-3, while 12th-seeded German Philipp Kohlschreiber drubbed Italian qualifier Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-2.

Other second-round action saw American Sam Querrey down 13th seed Kei Nishikori of Japan, 6-2, 6-3; 14th-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet dismiss Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 7-5 and Spaniard Marcel Granollers oust 15th-seeded German Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-4. Gasquet was the Rogers Cup runner- up in Montreal in 2006.

Querrey will face Djokovic in the next round.

The newest Rogers Cup champ will collect $522,550.

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