8 Aug 2013

Winning returns for Murray, Nadal

8:45 am on 8 August 2013

Tennis stars Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal have both won through in straight sets to the next round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

The Scot Murray shook off some early rust to beat Spain's Marcel Gronollers 6-4 7-6 in his first match since winning Wimbledon and Spaniard Nadal blazed past Canadian wildcard Jesse Levine 6-2 6-0 after an absence of six weeks.

Murray struggled to find his usual rhythm in windy conditions and had to save two set points in a mixed display that reflected some nerves and a lack of match practice.

But the Olympic, Wimbledon and US Open champion romped through the tiebreak with some impressive shot-making to set up a third round meeting with Latvia's Ernests Gulbis.

Nadal was more impressive in his first singles match since a shock first round defeat by Steve Darcis at Wimbledon opened the door for Murray to win the title.

The 12-times grand slam champion found Levine willing in the opening exchanges as the pair engaged in some exciting and lengthy rallies.

Canadian wildcard Vasek Pospisil proved his upset of world number two John Isner was no fluke as he stormed to a 6-2 6-4 victory over Czech Radek Stepanek.

Pospisil, ranked 71st in the world but playing well above that lowly standing, will now face sixth seed Tomas Berdych who wobbled at times in his match against Alexandr Dolgopolov but emerged a straight sets winner.

German Tommy Haas, however, lasted just 19 minutes before he retired trailing 5-0 to Australian qualifier Marinko Matosevic.