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Rogers Cup 2019: Wednesday Scores, Results and Updated Canadian Open Schedule

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistAugust 8, 2019

MONTREAL, QC - AUGUST 07:  Rafael Nadal of Spain serves against Daniel Evans of Great Britain during day 6 of the Rogers Cup at IGA Stadium on August 7, 2019 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
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The second round of the Rogers Cup took place Wednesday, with some of the top names in the sport all doing battle in Montreal and Toronto.

Below, we'll break down the day's most notable results and top storylines. And for the full list of men's and women's results and the updated schedule after Wednesday's matches, be sure to check out RogersCup.com.

             

Highlighted Men's Results

No. 1 Rafael Nadal def. Daniel Evans, 7-6 (6), 6-4

No. 10 Roberto Bautista Agut def. Diego Schwartzman, 6-2, 7-5

Richard Gasquet def. No. 5 Kei Nishikori, 6-7 (6), 6-2, 7-6 (4)

No. 8 Daniil Medvedev def. Kyle Edmund, 6-3, 6-0

Cristian Garin def. No. 12 John Isner, 6-3, 6-4

No. 14 Marin Cilic def. John Millman, 6-3, 6-4

Hubert Hurkacz def. No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3

No. 2 Dominic Thiem def. Denis Shapovalov, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3

Adrian Mannarino def. No. 11 Borna Coric, 6-2, 6-1

No. 16 Gael Monfils def. Ilya Ivashka, 6-3, 7-6 (6)

No. 6 Karen Khachanov def. Stan Wawrinka, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-2

Felix Auger-Aliassime def. No. 17 Milos Raonic, 6-3, 3-6 (retired)

                      

Highlighted Women's Results

Dayana Yastremska def. Victoria Azarenka, 7-5, 7-5

No. 11 Belinda Bencic def. Julia Gorges, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4

No. 6 Elina Svitolina def. Katerina Siniakova, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

No. 3 Karolina Pliskova def. Alison Riske, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-2

No. 4 Simona Halep def. Jennifer Brady, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5)

No. 2 Naomi Osaka def. Tatjana Maria, 6-2, 6-0

No. 8 Serena Williams def. Elise Mertens, 6-3, 6-3

No. 16 Anett Kontaveit def. Carla Suarez Navarro, 7-5, 3-1 (retired)

              

Recap

Rafael Nadal hasn't been in action since losing to Roger Federer at the semifinals of Wimbledon in July, but he told reporters after his victory over Daniel Evans that he was trying to return to his winning ways, per ATPTour.com:

"Always is tough, first match on hard court after such a long time. After Wimbledon, the mind always goes down a little bit because I have been playing a long clay-court season, then grass, so you didn't relax. Then when you finish Wimbledon, it's like your body loses a little bit of that tension, so it needs little bit of time to recover.

"Today, as I said before, the main thing is win. I know with victories that other things should be coming slowly. I have been playing and practising more or less well. Now is the moment to compete. Today I competed enough well to be through. Tomorrow is another challenge."

ATP Tour @ATP_Tour

Round 3️⃣ for @RafaelNadal. 👏 The top seed beats Daniel Evans 7-6(6), 6-4. #CoupeRogers 🎥: @TennisTV | @CoupeRogers https://t.co/09TG9ihpZs

The next challenge will be facing Guido Pella on Thursday. Don't expect Nadal to take him lightly.

"Today was a good victory that allowed me to be back on court again tomorrow," he said. "Tomorrow [I play] against a player who is playing great. He's having the best year of his career. He's super dangerous, winning great matches. I need to be ready for tomorrow."

While most of the top seeds advanced on the men's side, No. 4 Stefanos Tsitsipas, No. 5 Kei Nishikori and No. 12 John Isner saw their tournaments come to a close.

Tennis TV @TennisTV

Movin' on in Montréal! 🇨🇦 @richardgasquet1 saves match point before d. Kei Nishikori 6-7(6) 6-2 7-6(4). A three-hour EPIC at #CoupeRogers! https://t.co/hrJXNiuXsS

On the women's side, chalk mostly held, with No. 8 Serena Williams handling her business against Elise Mertens.

Her win included a few brilliant highlights, including some powerful winners:

WTA @WTA

.@serenawilliams finds the opening 💪 #RC19 https://t.co/x4qPeKrFta

WTA @WTA

.@serenawilliams! That's the tweet ⬇️ #RC19 https://t.co/UTlwrBX4YN

Meanwhile, No. 2 Naomi Osaka put on one of the day's truly dominant performances before her opponent, Tatjana Maria, retired in the second set. That set the stage for either Osaka or No. 3 Karolina Pliskova to move into the top overall spot on the WTA rankings when the new set is released Monday.

Osaka spoke about her performance after the match, per WTATennis.com:

"I thought I played really well despite the fact that we only played one set. I think that I was able to do what I wanted, which was go for the shots that I had the opportunity to. And, of course, there were, like, a couple unforced errors, but I think that's part of the process. For me, I'm just happy that it was my first match in a while and I was able to get in the groove of things quickly."

WTA @WTA

.@Naomi_Osaka_ takes the opener, 6-2! #RC19 #大坂なおみ https://t.co/DVfOOKMgv9

Back in the groove, indeed. Osaka is one of the favorites in this tournament, though Williams' strong showing Wednesday was a reminder that she's always lurking as a threat.