Ebden falls in Toronto, Djokovic awaits Tomic
Matthew Ebden was unable to repeat his Indian Wells victory over 11th seed Mardy Fish, while Novak Djokovic discussed his upcoming battle with Bernard Tomic.
Number 11 Mardy Fish became the first player into the third round as the American defeated Australian Matthew Ebden 6-2 6-0 at the Rogers Cup in Toronto.
Fish gained revenge for his defeat to Ebden at Indian Wells earlier this season, a match which the Australian won in straight sets.
Today at the ATP Masters 1000 event however, there never threatened to be a repeat of that result.
Fish was imperious on serve, going a perfect 16-from-16 on points where he landed his first delivery, and refusing to allow Ebden a break point chance for the entire match.
The American also broke serve five times on his way to victory in just 53 minutes. He will next face seventh seed Juan Monaco of Argentina.
Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic begins the post-Olympic switch from Wimbledon grass to North American hardcourt unsure of how well he will compete this week at the Toronto Masters.
The world No.2, who left the London 2012 Games without a medal, will have had one day to acclimatise before starting his title defence in the second round against Australian Bernard Tomic. Djokovic was awarded a bye in the first round.
The pair have played twice on the ATP World Tour – at Wimbledon and in Rome – with the Serb winning both meetings.
“The transition from grass court to hard court is going to be very difficult because we have very little time, only a few days,” Djokovic said.
“But we were aware of that fact at the start of the season.
“Now we will try to do it in the most efficient, best possible way. How it’s going to go, I’m not sure. I cannot predict anything else in my opening match.
“But it will obviously take a little bit of time to do that.”
Tomic ended a recent losing streak with his first round win in Canada, and Djokovic admitted that his opponent – also from a Balkan background – will be a tough ask as a starter.
“I’ve practiced with him many, many times, this will be our first encounter on hard court. Obviously with his style of game he prefers a bit faster surfaces and plays a lot of flat shots,” said the Serb.
“He has a lot of variety, a lot of talent in his game,” he said of the world No.49, the only teenager in the ATP’s top 50.
“He comes up with some shots that are really unexpected, so he can be very dangerous.”