Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Three-time champion Novak Djokovic and two-time titlist Andy Murray were a pair of second-round winners Wednesday at the Rogers Cup Masters 1000 tournament.
Competing for the first time since capturing his second Wimbledon title, the world No. 1 Djokovic went the distance to stave off former top-10 French star Gael Monfils 6-2, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-2) in 2 hours, 41 minutes in a tight match that featured only four breaks of serve, including three by the winner from Serbia.
Monfils was two points away from completing an upset at 6-5, 30-30, in the final set, but Djokovic reeled off nine of the next 11 points for the pulsating victory.
Djokovic captured this Canadian event in 2007, 2011 and 2012. His third-round opponent on Thursday will be another French slugger, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Czech Tomas Berdych rallied past Yen-Hsun Lu 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-4. The No. 4 seed will next face Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, who beat American Tim Smyczek 7-5, 6-4.
Milos Raonic, the No. 6 seed, outlasted American Jack Sock 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-4). The Canadian favorite Raonic, who was last year's Rogers Cup runner-up to Rafael Nadal in Montreal, is fresh off his hardcourt title in Washington, D.C.
The eighth-seeded British star Murray blew past promising 19-year-old Aussie wild card Nick Kyrgios 6-2, 6-2 on Day 3 at Rexall Centre.
Murray captured this event back-to-back in 2009 and 2010. His next opponent will be talented Frenchman Richard Gasquet.
Fifth-seeded gritty Spaniard David Ferrer advanced by holding off American qualifier Michael Russell 6-4, 2-6, 6-1, while seventh-seeded Bulgarian star Grigor Dimitrov overcame American Donald Young 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Meanwhile, the 12th-seeded 2012 Toronto runner-up Gasquet overcame 6-foot-10 Croat Ivo Karlovic 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, the 13th-seeded former top-10 star Tsonga foiled fellow Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 and France's Julien Benneteau upended 11th-seeded Latvian Ernests Gulbis 7-6 (6-4), 6-3 on the hardcourts at this U.S. Open Series event.
Also, 15th-seeded Croat Marin Cilic came back to beat Tunisian lucky loser Malek Jaziri 4-6, 6-0, 7-6 (7-4); 6-foot-8 South African Kevin Anderson upset 16th-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini 7-5, 6-2; 17th-seeded Spaniard Tommy Robredo doused Frenchman Gilles Simon 7-5, 6-4; and Croat Ivan Dodig outlasted Italian Andreas Seppi 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5). Up next for Cilic will be second-seeded two-time Rogers Cup titlist and two-time runner-up Roger Federer, while Anderson is rewarded with a third-rounder against third-seeded Australian Open champ Stan Wawrinka.
The winner of this $3.145 million tournament will earn $600,000.