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Kyrgios Sets Murray Clash On Winning Return; Gasquet Beats Pospisil

Toronto, Canada

Gasquet© Getty ImagesRichard Gasquet ousts Canada's Vasek Pospisil.

Playing his first match since reaching the Wimbledon quarter-finals, 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios claimed his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 win Tuesday as he defeated Santiago Giraldo 7-6(3), 7-5 in the first round of the Rogers Cup in Toronto.

The Australian rallied from a break down in the first set before edging last week’s Citi Open quarter-finalist, Giraldo, in one hour and 35 minutes. Kyrgios earned a first-time clash with eighth seed Andy Murray.

"First match back so I knew it was going to be tough," said Kyrgios. "I came out a bit flat. I thought I hung in well. I played the big points pretty well, as well. I'm relatively happy."

Looking ahead to the Murray clash, Kyrgios said, "He's a great player, and I'm just going to go out there and just enjoy the experience to get to play another player like that. I will hopefully serve well and keep it on my racquet and do the best I can out there."

Richard Gasquet avenged his Washington semi-final loss to Vasek Pospisil as he defeated the Canadian 7-5, 7-5 in one hour and 49 minutes. The 12th-seeded Frenchman withstood 13 aces to break Pospisil three times. The 24-year-old Pospisil was a semi-finalist in Montreal last year (l. to Raonic) and was coming off his first ATP World Tour final in Washington (l. to Raonic).

"The difference was I think he was a little bit tired," said Gasquet. "He was in the final, it's never easy. [There were] many occasions in Washington he played unbelievable, so I wasn't lucky. He plays well, he's very talented, very powerful, so he's a big opponent for me, it's a big win for me to win against him."

The 28-year-old Gasquet is a two-time runner-up in Toronto, reaching the final in 2006 (l. to Federer) and 2012 (l. to Djokovic). The right-hander goes on to face Ivo Karlovic, whom he leads 2-1 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head.

The Croatian also avenged a recent defeat as he edged Australian Bernard Tomic 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(6) in one hour and 53 minutes. The pair had faced off last month in the Bogota final, a match Tomic had won in a third set tie-break despite facing 39 aces. On Tuesday, Karlovic fired 30 aces and won 91 per cent of his first serve points.

There was more Canadian disappointment as Donald Young defeated Frank Dancevic 5-7, 6-0, 6-3 and Andreas Seppi dismissed qualifier Brayden Schnur 6-3, 6-3.

Ernests Gulbis opened his bid with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Joao Sousa. The 11th-seeded Latvian struck 16 aces and won 78 per cent of his service points to advance in 74 minutes. The 25-year-old Gulbis, who broke into the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings after reaching his first Grand Slam semi-final at Roland Garros (l. to Djokovic), improved to a 34-13 match record on the season.

Read: Gulbis Receives Top 10 Award

Home favourite and World No. 6 Milos Raonic will open his campaign against Jack Sock after the American dismissed Jurgen Melzer 6-1, 6-3 in 56 minutes. The 21-year-old Sock claimed his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 win and will look to beat Raonic for the second time in six meetings.

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