Montreal, QC – Two-time champion Roger Federer was a second- round winner Wednesday at the $2.43 million Rogers Cup, an ATP Masters and U.S. Open Series event.
The third-seeded Federer, this year's French Open runner-up, handled Canadian wild card Vasek Pospisil, 7-5, 6-3, in 1 hour, 17 minutes on the hardcourts at Uniprix Stadium. The great Federer was last year's Rogers Cup runner-up to British star Andy Murray in Toronto.
The former world No. 1 and 16-time Grand Slam champion Federer, who turned 30 here on Monday, captured this former Canadian Open in 2004 and 2006. His third-round opponent will be quality Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who upset the Swiss icon in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon last month.
In other second-round action involving seeds, a No. 13 Tsonga topped rising Aussie wild card Bernard Tomic 6-3, 7-6 (7-1) and No. 14 Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka waltzed past American qualifier Michael Russell 6-3, 6-2.
The first round concluded on Wednesday, as 15th-seeded Spaniard Fernando Verdasco overcame German Tobias Kamke 5-7, 6-3, 6-3, American John Isner erased former Aussie Open runner-up Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 6-3, 6-4 and Spaniard Feliciano Lopez outlasted last week's Washington D.C. titlist Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. All three matches were suspended because of rain here on Tuesday night.
The 2011 Rogers Cup titlist will pocket $450,000.