ATP Montreal: Wawrinka tops Dimitrov. Raonic, Norrie, Garin and Paul win



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ATP Montreal: Wawrinka tops Dimitrov. Raonic, Norrie, Garin and Paul win

World no. 22 Stan Wawrinka has become the tenth player since 1990 with 150 Masters 1000 victories, defeating the struggling Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 35 minutes. It was the sixth triumph for the Swiss over the Bulgarian, scoring a much more comfortable one than at Roland Garros in may where they played three tie breaks, firing 12 aces and dropping serve only once.

On the other hand, Grigor's serve is still miles off from what it once was, playing against 11 break chances and getting broken three times to push Stan through, losing the 14th match in 26 encounters in 2019. Wawrinka moved in front with a break in game three following a double fault from Grigor who had to save three set points at 3-5 to prolong the action in the opener.

He did that in style but Stan sealed it with a service winner in game ten for a 6-4. The second set kicked off with three breaks, two for the Swiss who served well until the end, moving over the top with two winners at 5-4 for the place in round two.

The 13th seed Nikoloz Basilashvili toppled Dusan Lajovic 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 in two hours for the 11th Masters 1000 victory, the fifth of the season. There were seven breaks on both sides and it was the Serb who made a better start, delivering two good return games in the opener for a 6-3.

The second set saw seven breaks in the first nine games, four for Nikoloz who came back from 3-1 down, taking the last eight points at 4-4 to seal the set and move the encounter into a decider. There, he overcame a 3-1 deficit again to cross the finish line and stay in the competition.

Playing the first Masters 1000 tournament since Cincinnati 2017, Tommy Paul toppled Brayden Schnur 6-1, 6-2 in 65 minutes. The young American lost 13 points behind the initial shot, fending off all three break points and firing 21 winners and nine unforced errors to leave the Canadian far behind, stealing more than a half of the return points and scoring five breaks to control the scoreboard all the time.

Paul grabbed breaks in games one, three and seven of the first set and continued in the same style in set number two to deliver an impressive victory. At the age of 23, Cristian Garin made Masters 1000 debut with a 6-2, 7-6 win over Laslo Djere in an hour and 40 minutes.

The Chilean saved two out of three break points, delivering three breaks and wasting a 5-3 lead in set number two to withstand a set point at 5-6 and notch the victory in the tie break. Cameron Norrie lost the opening set against Marton Fucsovics before taking charge, playing better and better to claim a 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 victory, the fourth at Masters 1000 level.

Jan-Lennard Struff proved to be too good for a former champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, beating the Frenchman 6-2, 6-2 in 68 minutes in their first match since 2017. The German lost nine points in service games and Jo-Wilfried couldn't follow that pace, suffering four breaks to find himself down for the 11th time in the last 13 Masters 1000 clashes.

The home star Milos Raonic counted to the 109th Masters 1000 triumph, defeating Lucas Pouille 6-4, 6-4 in an hour and 12 minutes, hitting 28 winners and 13 unforced errors. Milos lost ten points on serve, never facing a break point and scoring one break in both sets to find himself in the second round.