Alexander Zverev defeated Cameron Norrie in straight sets in his opening-round match at the Rogers Cup. The German player prevailed 7-6, 6-4 to set up a third-round clash against Nikoloz Basilashvili. Zverev and Basilashvili have faced each other last month in the Hamburg semi-finals with the Georgian winning a three-hour match.
"I love playing in Montreal, it's one of my favorite places to play," said Zverev in an on-court interview following his win over the Brit. "I have great memories from 2017, I've never lost here and hopefully it lasts for the next 16 years and I'll never lose a match here!
It was fun going out on this court again. I hope I play many more matches this week here. We'll see how it goes, but I'm happy with the start." Zverev also praised Norrie, who also had a set point in the first set: "He has every shot in the book and he has every serve", concluded the Hamburg native, who can earn many points in the second half of the season except the ATP Finals.
Andy Murray won his opening round in doubles alongside Feliciano Lopez, defeating Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo. The three-time Grand Slam singles winner said: ”In the match Tie-break, it felt like we were hitting so many good shots and not getting rewarded for it,” said Murray.
“It was tight at the end, but we did well to get through”. Lopez added: "Whenever I play with Andy, it’s a lot of fun. Today was very special as well. I think we deserved the win because we played well overall”.