Federer is easily progressing in Montreal

Updated: 08:39 GMT, Aug 10, 2017 | Published: 06:30 GMT, Aug 10, 2017 |

Roger Federer needed less than an hour to defeat Canadian Peter Polansky 6-2 6-1 at the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Wednesday (August 9) in his first appearance since winning a record eighth Wimbledon title in July. A day after celebrating his 36th birthday, Federer played the aggressive game that has propelled him to five titles, including two grand slams, this year, attacking the net and rocketing second serves.

Federer, who has lost only two of 34 matches this year, will next play the winner of American Jack Sock and Spaniard David Ferrer, who are scheduled to do battle later on Wednesday.

Frenchman Gael Monfils fended off four match points to beat Japanese world number nine Kei Nishikori in a three-set thriller 6-7(4) 7-5 7-6(6).

The 27-year-old Nishikori had two chances to serve out the match and led 6-2 in the decisive tiebreak, before Monfils won six points in a row to complete a superb fightback.

Monfils, a crowd favorite during Wednesday’s battle, will face Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in the third round on Thursday.