Nadal Victorious On Return To Action
by ATP Staff|
Canadian tennis fans packed the stands at BN Court in Montreal to watch two Top 10 players – World No. 2 Rafael Nadal and No. 4 Novak Djokovic – compete in doubles action on Monday at the Rogers Cup, a match that held even greater significance as it marked Nadal’s first appearance since Roland Garros.
After being sidelined for two-and-a-half months, Nadal made the most of his return to the court, teaming up with fellow Spaniard Francisco Roig to defeat the Serbian pairing of Djokovic and Dusan Vemic 7-5, 6-4 in 69 minutes at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 hard-court tennis tournament.
Nadal had played his last match on 31 May, where the four-time defending Roland Garros champion was upset by eventual finalist Robin Soderling of Sweden in the fourth round. The 22 year old lost his World No. 1 ranking to Roger Federer during his injury lay-off after the Swiss reclaimed the Wimbledon title.
Another Spanish tandem, featuring Top 20 singles players David Ferrer and Tommy Robredo, advanced to the second round as they edged past Frenchmen Michael Llodra and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6(6), 1-6, 10-8. They next face No. 2 seeds Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic, who won the Canadian title last year with victory over Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan in the final.
Also in doubles action Monday, South African Jeff Coetzee and Austrian Jurgen Melzer teamed up to defeat Britons Ross Hutchins and Andy Murray 3-6, 6-3, 10-7, earning a second-round meeting with No. 3 seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles.