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Rogers Cup 2016: Tuesday Scores, Results and Updated Toronto Masters Schedule

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJuly 27, 2016

TORONTO, ON - JULY 26:  Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland plays a shot against Mikhail Youzhny of Russia during Day 2 of the Rogers Cup at the Aviva Centre on July 26, 2016 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
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Tuesday was a story of two disparate brackets at the 2016 Rogers Cup, as the seeded women mostly advanced with ease, while the men spent their day struggling.

No. 14 seed Benoit Paire and No. 15 seed Steve Johnson bowed out in their first-round matches, while fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych needed three sets to move on. Stan Wawrinka and Gael Monfils were the only two men seemingly at the top of their game.

The women's side did not feature one upset, with most of the seeded stars going over without incident. Madison Keys, Johanna Konta and Simona Halep each wound up advancing in straight sets. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova needed three sets but was able to battle back against Yulia Putintseva. 

Rogers Cup Results
Men's ResultScore
(2) Stan Wawrinka def. Mikhail Youzhny7-6 (3), 7-6 (8)
(5) Tomas Berdych def. Borna Coric4-6, 6-1, 6-4
(10) Gael Monfils def. Joao Sousa6-3, 6-3
(13) Lucas Pouille def. Emilio Gomez6-7 (8), 6-4, 7-5
Radek Stepanek def. (14) Benoit Paire6-1, 6-3
Fabio Fognini def. (15) Steve Johnson6-4, 6-4
Women's ResultScore
(5) Simona Halep def. Daria Gavrilova6-2, 6-3
(10) Madison Keys def. Elena Vesnina6-4, 6-0
(11) Dominika Cibulkova def. Mariana Duque-Marino6-2, 6-2
(14) Karolina Pliskova def. Kateryna Bondarenko3-6, 6-2, 7-5
(15) Johanna Konta def. Shelby Rogers6-4, 6-2
(16) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova def. Yulia Putintseva6-4, 1-6, 7-5
Source: RogersCup.com

The two biggest upsets of the day went to Radek Stepanek and Fabio Fognini.

Stepanek was dominant throughout in taking down Paire, advancing with a 6-1, 6-3 romp. The 37-year-old, who needed to qualify for the event, saved six break-point chances. Paire double-faulted five times, giving Stepanek a chance to convert on four of his 10 break opportunities.

TennisNow commented on the win:

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Qualifier Radek Stepanek knocks off 14th-seeded Benoit Paire, 6-1, 6-3. Hard not to love how Steps is playing at the young age of 37.

Fognini earned a hard-fought win over Johnson, with the American's second-serve struggles sending him home early. Fognini broke Johnson just three times, but it was enough to make the difference in a 6-4, 6-4 win.

Things went far better toward the top of the bracket, with Wawrinka and Monfils earning straight-set victories. Wawrinka struggled a bit in his 7-6 (3), 7-6 (8) win over Mikhail Youzhny, just barely getting over 50 percent of his first serves in play. The No. 2 seed needed to save four of six break points while only forcing four of his own.

Arash Madani of Sportsnet commented on Wawrinka's brilliance:

Arash Madani @ArashMadani

If you've *ever* played tennis, there's nothing that can make you feel more inadequate than watching Stan Wawrinka's backhand live. Magician

Monfils had no trouble in his 6-3, 6-3 win over Joao Sousa. He blasted eight aces and took advantage of Sousa's eight double-faults to advance.

"I mean it was by my mistakes, and then it was just basically trying to get used to the conditions because they were quite different," Monfils said, per the Associated Press (via the Herald). "I was just really trying to be patient with myself. Trying also to look for the opportunities. And that's what paid off."

On the women's side, Pavlyuchenkova provided the only interesting match of the day in her three-set win over Yulia Putintseva. Pavlyuchenkova advanced thanks to saving seven of 13 break points against her.

Karolina Pliskova also needed three sets to take down Kateryna Bondarenko but was able to win the final two and advance.

Overall, it's looking like we'll be waiting until the later rounds for the best in the world to go head-to-head before the fireworks start going in Toronto.

        

Full bracket available here.

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