Top seed and defending champion Rafael Nadal dug deep to make a winning start at the Rogers Cup, while Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas suffered a shock defeat in Montreal.

Nadal – a four-time winner of the ATP Masters 1000 tournament – shook off rust to overcome Dan Evans in straight sets on Wednesday.

The outcome was not as good for fourth seed and last year's runner-up Tsitsipas, who was stunned by Hubert Hurkacz.

Tsitsipas was not the only seed to fall, with Kei Nishikori, Borna Coric, John Isner and Milos Raonic also departing.

 

NADAL ON TRACK FOR RECORD-EXTENDING MASTERS TITLE

World number two Nadal survived to beat Brit Evans 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 en route to the round of 16.

Nadal trailed 5-2 in the first-set tie-break but won six of the final seven points to take control and eventually the match.

Contesting his first match since losing to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon semi-finals, Nadal claimed his 35th Rogers Cup victory and 378th Masters win – tying the Swiss superstar on the all-time leaderboard.

Nadal, who has won a record 34 Masters crowns, will face Guido Pella for a spot in the quarter-finals after the Argentinian beat Radu Albot 6-3 2-6 7-6 (7-2).

 

TSITSIPAS OUSTED, CANADIAN PAIR FOLLOW

This time last year Tsitsipas reached the final, however, the 2018 runner-up was a surprise casualty on Wednesday following a 6-4 3-6 6-3 loss to Hurkacz.

Hurkacz saved nine of 10 break points against the world number five, who failed to convert any of his four chances in the third set.

Canadian duo Denis Shapovalov and Raonic, meanwhile, were sent packing.

Shapovalov was beaten 6-4 3-6 6-3 by second seed Dominic Thiem and Raonic retired due to a back injury, with countryman Felix Auger-Aliassime benefiting after the match was even at 6-3 3-6.

Thiem will meet 14th seed Marin Cilic, while sixth seed Karen Khachanov awaits Auger-Aliassime after topping Stan Wawrinka.

 

MURRAY'S DOUBLES CAMPAIGN ENDS

Andy Murray and Feliciano Lopez said goodbye in Montreal, upstaged by Roland Garros finalists Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin.

A five-match winning streak was ended following a 2-6 6-3 10-8 loss in the second round of the tournament.

Andy Murray could return to singles action at the Cincinnati Masters next month with a view to featuring at the US Open.

The former world number one has not played a singles match since a first-round loss to Roberto Bautista Agut at the Australian Open in January, with Murray undergoing resurfacing surgery on his right hip shortly afterwards.

He made his comeback in the doubles alongside Feliciano Lopez at the Queen's Club Championships - the pair winning the competition - and Murray has played in two more tournaments since while also linking up with Serena Williams in the mixed doubles at Wimbledon.

Murray will partner his brother Jamie at the Citi Open in Washington this week and he admitted he is close to a singles comeback too.

"In terms of how I'm moving and feeling and pulling up the next day from these practices, I'm really happy with where I'm at. I think I'm quite close," the three-time grand slam champion said in quotes published on the ATP Tour's website.

"If I was to play a tournament in a few weeks' time, I could do it. But it's just to get to maybe where I want to get to, I'll need to play matches and get a little bit more work done in the gym on my cardio."

The singles tournament in Cincinnati begins on August 11, 15 days before the US Open starts, and Murray admits he would need to participate in the former to be involved at Flushing Meadows.

"Best-case scenario probably would be Cincinnati, and then if I wasn't able to play in Cincinnati, there's a good chance I would probably wait until after New York because I wouldn't want my first tournament to be playing best-of-five [sets]," he explained.

Between the Citi Open and Cincinnati Masters, Murray will be reunited with Lopez at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

Andy Murray insisted a return to singles action remains his target after signing up for doubles duty with brother Jamie in the United States.

Former world number one Murray is easing his way back on to the ATP Tour and has limited himself to doubles activity so far, playing at Queen's Club, Eastbourne and Wimbledon.

Hip resurfacing surgery appears to have saved his career with Murray suffering no obvious ill effects and the future prospect of returning to singles action is motivating the 32-year-old Scot.

The former Wimbledon and US Open champion is not ready to jump back into individual action at this stage, however, preferring to team up with his older brother in Washington DC at the Citi Open next week.

"I'm obviously very excited to be on the court with him and to go back to Washington. It's a city I've always enjoyed visiting," Murray said in a video on his Twitter page.

"So it should be fun and I'm hoping to have a good summer over in the States, keep progressing physically and hopefully get back on the singles court soon."

Murray's return to the Citi Open comes eight months after he joked he had been "rinsed" by the tournament's director following his withdrawal from a 2018 singles quarter-final.

The US Open begins at Flushing Meadows on August 26 and there has been no indication Murray is planning to play singles at the year's final grand slam.

If he chooses to play men's doubles in New York, Jamie could be a possible partner, with Serena Williams also expressing interest in playing mixed doubles with Murray again after enjoying their Wimbledon partnership.

Andy Murray will be joined by brother Jamie on the doubles court at the Washington Open next week.

The former singles world number one made his return from hip resurfacing surgery at the Queen's Club Championships in June, winning the doubles despite suggesting earlier this year he was set to retire.

Andy Murray also featured at Wimbledon, notably teaming up with WTA Tour great Serena Williams in the mixed doubles.

And now he will step onto the court with his sibling, alongside whom he helped Great Britain win the Davis Cup in 2015.

"They called us and said Andy really wanted to come back to [Washington] DC and wanted to play doubles with his brother," tournament manager Mark Ein said, as reported by the New York Times.

"We're putting a real focus on doubles at the event - it's a terrific piece of the competition and entertainment value for fans so we were thrilled he wanted to return."

Jamie Murray won the men's doubles at the ATP 500 event last year, playing with Bruno Soares.

Roberto Bautista Agut will take centre stage at Wimbledon rather than at his bachelor party in Ibiza after reaching his first grand slam semi-final.

The Spaniard was due to be in the party island instead of facing Guido Pella on Wednesday but was in the mood to celebrate after breaking new ground with a 7-5 6-4 3-6 6-3 victory.

Bautista Agut is set to provide the entertainment for his friends at the All England Club when he faces defending champion Novak Djokovic on Friday.

Serena Williams and Andy Murray were in great spirits despite crashing out of the mixed doubles, while Jon Rahm was among the famous faces in the crowd at SW19.

Catch up with the action on a ninth day of the grass-court major, which saw Roger Federer claim a record 100th singles win to set up another showdown with Rafael Nadal.

LONDON CALLING RBA's PARTY-GOING PALS

Bautista should probably have been sitting in the sun sipping a cold drink with his friends rather than battling it out with Pella on No.1 Court.

The 23rd seed was more than happy to change his plans, though, and half a dozen of his friends will be bound for London to soak up the biggest match of his life.

He said: "I had planned to be in Ibiza right now. We had everything organised already. My friends, six of them, are all there. It feels better to be here in London."

Asked if his friends will come to watch him play the world number one, he replied: "I think so. I think they will fly on Friday."

 

I DIDN'T SAY SERENA HAD A BAD MOUTH - MURRAY 

Williams and Murray's 'Murena' quest for mixed doubles glory was ended by top seeds Bruno Soares and Nicole Melichar.

The dream team still had some entertainment in store when they faced the media, although Murray denied Williams had been guilty of using bad language after stating on Tuesday that he could not repeat some of the things his playing partner said.

Asked about the 23-time grand slam winner's use of expletives, he said "Did I say that? I don't think I said that."

The journalist replied: "You said you were sharing some jokes but you couldn't repeat them." To which a smiling Murray responded: "That's different. That's how you interpreted it. I didn't say she had a bad mouth."

 

RAHM GETTING IN MAJOR SWING

Jon Rahm swapped his golf clubs for the All England Club just eight days before he tees off in The Open.

The Spaniard was easy to spot among the great and good in the Royal Box, sporting a black shirt with one stars on and a spotted bright blue tie.

Rahm won the Irish Open last weekend and he will also be treated like royalty in his homeland if he lifts the Claret Jug at Royal Portrush a week on Sunday.

Serena Williams did not rule out the possibility of teaming up with Andy Murray again in the future after saying she was not ready for their dream doubles pairing to be over.

The superstar tandem – dubbed "MurRena" by Williams – were knocked out of the Wimbledon mixed doubles 6-3 4-6 6-2 by Bruno Soares and Nicole Melichar on Wednesday.

Murray and Williams coasted through the opening two rounds, but the top seeds were too strong on this occasion.

Asked if the two may link up again in the future, Williams said: "We had so much fun. We aren't ready for it to be over.

"I just love Andy's spirit. It's so fun to play with him. He's so calm and chilled. And I loved having the support. It was amazing. Hopefully I can still have it.

"To play on this stage with Andy, who has done so well here for so many years, is literally just a lifetime experience. I'm so happy that I got to experience it."

Murray has now played in 10 doubles matches since returning to court after hip resurfacing surgery, which he feared might bring an end to his career.

The three-time grand slam winner will continue to build his fitness to work towards a singles return, and Murray says he feels in good shape.

"I think I achieved a lot. I got on the court and I think, considering the lack of matches, I did OK," he said.

"The most positive thing is that my body felt good. My hip anyway was feeling good, so that was positive.

"It's a lot of physical work now trying to get stronger, really, get a good balance with all the muscles around my hip. I'm doing some physical testing next week.

"I did some pre-Queen's. It will be interesting to see what's happened these last four weeks where I've been obviously playing tennis but doing not much training, to see how things have progressed or not.

"Then I'll do four to six weeks of training, then I'll have some testing done after that again. Hopefully I will have progressed again. But I've still got quite a long way to go."

It was fun while it lasted, but the dream mixed doubles pairing of Serena Williams and Andy Murray saw their Wimbledon run come to an end on Wednesday.

The duo suffered a third-round exit at the hands of top seeds Bruno Soares and Nicole Melichar, going down 6-3 4-6 6-2.

For Murray, a two-time singles champion at the All England Club, it is the end of his tournament on all fronts, having already lost in the men's doubles alongside Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

But Williams has her eye on the ultimate prize of victory in the women's singles, with a semi-final match against Barbora Strycova to come on Thursday.

The American is seeking a record-equalling 24th grand slam title and an eighth at the grass-court event.

Murray, who like his partner is a former world number one, is yet to confirm when and where he will make his return to singles action following hip surgery.

Andy Murray does not expect to feature in the US Open singles competition as he continues his comeback from hip surgery.

Former world number one Murray and mixed-doubles partner Serena Williams eased into the third round at Wimbledon on Tuesday with a 7-5 6-3 win over 14th seeds Fabrice Martin and Raquel Atawo.

Murray and Pierre-Hugues Herbert crashed out of the men's doubles in the second round, but the Briton could lift a second trophy since returning from surgery following his triumph alongside Feliciano Lopez at the Queen's Club Championships in June.

However, the 32-year-old – who had initially suggested he would look to return to singles for the North American hard-court leg of the ATP Tour, which concludes with the grand slam at Flushing Meadows in August – has indicated he is unlikely to take the next step in his comeback so soon.

"I think it's pretty unlikely just in terms of timing," 2012 US Open champion Murray told a news conference. "I spoke to my team a bit about that yesterday. Just a lot of stuff I need to get done physically, get myself stronger.

"The amount of work I need to do on the court to get ready for singles, the amount of work I need to put in off the court to get myself strong enough to play best of five sets, it's still quite a way away unfortunately.

"I would love to play. I need to look, like, pretty long term with this. I don't want to be having to go through another big operation in a few years' time.

"I want to make sure the operation I've had lasts for as long as possible. To give it the best chance, I need to make sure that, I'm physically really strong before I get back on the singles court."

At least for now, Murray said the focus is simply on enjoying his tennis – and of-court life – once more following two injury-hit seasons.

"When I got my hip injury, I was ranked number one in the world. I went from playing at the highest level of the sport to really struggling to do day-to-day things," Murray added.

"Playing tennis was not fun anymore, because it was painful every time I played. The training wasn't great.

"Then I wasn't enjoying just going out for a walk, doing other kind of social things as well. Going out for dinner and things like that, it was just uncomfortable.

"Now that I'm pain-free again, I realise that's actually the most important thing, is to be healthy, enjoying a kind of normal life, for someone that's 32. I'm just doing the things I've always loved doing again, which I didn't have the opportunity to do much the last couple of years."

Andy Murray declared Serena Williams to be "the boss" after Alison Riske discovered the legendary American can still call the shots at Wimbledon.

Williams beat Riske 6-4 4-6 6-3 to reach the singles semi-finals on Tuesday, then returned to Centre Court to team up with Murray for a mixed doubles win over Fabrice Martin and Raquel Atawo.

The legendary Williams has christened their dream team 'Murena' and Murray is in no mood to argue with her despite being at his home grand slam.

Riske was not giving any secrets away over her father's career after her exit, while Henri Leconte put on a show on the outside courts.

Catch up on the action with the daily diary from the All England Club.

 

MURENA IT IS - SERENA IN CHARGE

Williams and Murray had an expectant crowd on the edge of their seats as they teamed up for a 7-5 6-3 win in the second round.

There has been plenty of talk over what the star duo should be called, but Murray says his playing partner has the final say.

"I think Serena is the boss so whatever she says goes!" Murray said.

Williams added: "I am having a blast. Obviously it has been great atmosphere playing out there with Andy, so it is great."

 

MUM'S THE WORD OVER DAD'S RISKE BUSINESS

Riske has expressed herself brilliantly on and off court in her best run at a major.

It was very much a case of mum's the word when asked about her father's role as a former secret service agent and FBI investigator following her battle with Williams.

"My dad was on president detail with [Bill] Clinton, he was with [George] Bush Sr. He did that for quite a while. He was also with actually [Ronald] Reagan for a very short period of time," said the American.

"Honestly, my dad didn't share too many stories - he wasn't allowed to. I don't think I would share them now either, to be honest. His humour is a little off colour. I would probably feel better keeping them to myself."

 

LECONTE HOLDS FORTE IN ROLE REVERSAL

Charismatic Frenchman Leconte took centre stage on the outside courts before the serious action got under way.

The 56-year-old handed the chair umpire his racket to partner Patrick McEnroe and climbed up to officiate rather than do battle with Jacco Eltingh and Paul Haarhuis.

Leconte commentated on the encounter behind the microphone for richly entertained spectators on No.3 Court, offering words of advice for the umpire and also dishing out a warning.

The official took a tumble stretching for a winner, earning praise from Leconte as both starred in their alternative roles.

 

LUCKY 13: HISTORY MADE IN DOUBLES MARATHON

History was made at SW19 when Henri Kontinen and John Peers went down as the first winners of a final-set tie-break.

There was nothing to choose in a men's doubles clash between the eighth seeds and Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury that went the distance.

It was Kontinen and Peers who eventually prevailed, sealing a historic 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 3-6 4-6 13-12 (7-2) success in a contest which lasted four hours and 29 minutes on Court 12.

Serena Williams and Andy Murray sailed into the third round of the mixed doubles by taking out 14th seeds Fabrice Martin and Raquel Atawo at Wimbledon.

Williams beat Alison Riske to reach the singles semi-finals in a tough battle on Centre Court earlier on Tuesday and returned to secure another victory with Murray.

The former singles number ones will face top seeds Bruno Soares and Nicole Melichar following an entertaining 7-5 6-3 win.

Murray and Williams enjoyed themselves on the main show court, American Atawo and Frenchman Martin unable to break a star duo that also won their first match in straight sets.

Williams said she was feeling good after setting up a last-four clash with Barbora Strycova despite a slight issue with her ankle and the 23-time major singles champion looked fresh as she combined superbly with Murray.

Murray and Pierre-Hugues Herbert crashed out of the men's doubles in the second round, but with Williams in this sort of form, the Briton could lift a second trophy since returning from hip surgery after teaming up with Feliciano Lopez for a success at the Queen's Club Championships last month.

Williams returned with venom and Murray put the seal on an impressive victory with an ace as the dream team marched on.

Andy Murray sees no reason why he cannot re-establish himself as one of the best players in the world when he resumes his singles career.

Murray teamed up with Feliciano Lopez to win the doubles title at Queen's Club in a glorious return five months after undergoing hip resurfacing surgery.

The three-time grand slam champion feared his career may be over when speaking about his injury during an emotional news conference at the Australian Open, where he was beaten in round one by Roberto Bautista Agut before going under the knife again in January.

Murray, bidding to win the mixed doubles with Serena Williams at Wimbledon after the Brit and Pierre-Hugues Herbert lost in the second round of the men's doubles, says he can be a force when he feels ready to go it alone.

"Why not?" The former world number said when asked if he can challenge the top players in the world.

"If someone can give me a reason why I shouldn't be able to compete again then I would listen to it, but so far I haven't really been given one.

"If, physically, I can get back to a good level my tennis is still fine. I'm sure that, tennis-wise, I will be able to keep up with guys. I don't feel that the game has moved on and I won't be able to get back.

"A lot of the same guys are still there."

Andy Murray was in awe of doubles partner Serena Williams at Wimbledon on Saturday and believes she and Roger Federer do not get the credit their longevity deserves.

Williams was in inspired form as a mixed doubles bow with Murray ended in a dominant 6-4 6-1 victory over Andreas Mies and Alexa Guarachi on Centre Court.

But having seen Williams at close quarters, Murray suggested her competitive drive is underestimated after a lengthy career at the top.

The 37-year-old has won 23 grand slam singles titles, while Federer - also referenced by the Briton - is the same age and just three major triumphs behind.

"It's impressive, after the amount of success that someone like Serena has had for such a long period, to still be out there," Murray explained.

"Whatever, eight o'clock at night, having already won a singles, just wanting to win and being competitive.

"That's impressive. I don't think people always appreciate how difficult that is to do I think because of what Serena and Roger have done for such a long period.

"It's kind of taken for granted a little bit. But it's impressive.

"I don't mean that Roger and Serena themselves are taken for granted. I'm just saying it's more like the longevity, the competitiveness to keep going at that level.

"I think that's what people maybe sometimes don't always talk about. Maybe sometimes it looks like it comes easy to them, and it isn't. I know that.

"It's hard work to stay at the top of a sport for a long time physically, mentally. Yeah, for me, that's what's really impressive as a professional athlete, just to see what they've done.

"I think tennis is grateful for all that they've done, all the fans they've brought to the sport. But I don't think people always talk about that side of things."

Wimbledon greats Andy Murray and Serena Williams breezed to victory in their mixed doubles debut.

Linking up for the first time at the All England Club, Murray and Williams were dominant as they defeated Andreas Mies and Alexa Guarachi 6-4 6-1 on Saturday.

Mies and Guarachi wore excited grins throughout, evidently thrilled to take on two of sport's biggest names on Centre Court, but they were no match for the clear crowd favourites.

Murray and Williams broke French Open men's doubles champion Mies in the very first game but were frustrated in efforts to increase their advantage.

The first set was wrapped up on serve with a Williams smash, though, and Mies was picked off again by the WTA Tour star with a little help from the net at the start of the second.

The duo only improved as the match wore on and Murray drew another break from Guarachi, before they swatted away three break points in Williams' next service game, ultimately easing to victory.

Murray had crashed out of the men's doubles earlier in the day, while Williams continued her run in the singles draw, but both players were enthused to begin a mixed partnership.

"I think it worked out well," Williams told BBC Sport. "We'd never played together, so it's always a learning curve.

"We wanted to start out fast. We take it very serious, which is why we're in it."

Murray assured he was feeling no ill effects to an increased schedule, saying: "My back was a little stiff after the doubles but it felt alright when we were out there.

"The hip's fine, just a few aches and pains elsewhere."

Another high-profile British-American pairing were less successful, with Jay Clarke and Cori Gauff beaten 6-1 6-4 by Robert Linstedt and Jelena Ostapenko.

Clarke had upset planned partner Harriet Dart when he snubbed her for 15-year-old sensation Gauff, but he was happy the issue had been dealt with.

"Everything is fine," he said. "I think the media obviously did a pretty good job of making it bigger than what it was. It happens like that."

Clarke earlier suggested the situation would be the same if Dart dumped him for Roger Federer and, speaking after their match, he insisted Gauff deserved to be compared to a Wimbledon great.

"You look at the people she's obviously being compared to and the past champions that have won this that have said it," he added. "It was a lot of praise, rightly so."

Andy Murray suffered a Wimbledon blow as he and Pierre-Hugues Herbert tumbled out in the second round of the men's doubles.

Two-time Wimbledon singles champion Murray had teamed up with French doubles specialist Herbert, a title winner in SW19 alongside Nicolas Mahut three years ago, and was hoping to enjoy a long run at the All England Club.

But their campaign came to a disappointing end on Court Two, with Murray and Herbert beaten 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-2 6-3 by Croatian sixth seeds Nikola Mektic and Franko Skugor.

Murray, returning to the tournament after missing last year's championships due to injury, has pleased the crowds by showing he is fit to play again following hip resurfacing surgery.

He has another chance of doubles success, with Murray and Serena Williams due to begin their campaign in the mixed event later on Saturday.

Former world number one Murray won the Queen's Club Championships doubles with Feliciano Lopez last month and he is planning a singles return later in the year.

Andy Murray enjoyed his Wimbledon return and hopes he and Pierre-Hugues Herbert will continue to improve after rallying to an impressive opening win.

Former singles champion Murray indicated at the Australian Open he planned to retire this year, hoping to make a final appearance at the All England Club before bowing out.

But after hip resurfacing surgery, Murray returned to win the doubles title with Feliciano Lopez at the Queen's Club Championship and finalised plans to play again at Wimbledon, with his future on the singles circuit to be decided.

The Briton, who will play mixed doubles with Serena Williams, was lining up alongside Herbert for the first time as they took on Marius Copil and Ugo Humbert in the men's doubles.

There was consequently a slow start and they lost the first set, but Murray and Herbert recovered to cruise home 4-6 6-1 6-4 6-0.

Murray told BBC Sport: "It was nice. I was a little bit nervous at the start but got better as the match went on. It was a really nice atmosphere at the end.

"It's tough, but as the match went on we started to get more comfortable. We started reading each other's games better.

"Things were happening naturally and that's how you want it to be in doubles. Hopefully we'll keep getting better."

Murray was then in jovial mood in his post-match news conference, joking about his mother Judy's decision to watch brother Jamie in action instead.

"Jamie is the number one son, so he used to get all the good presents," Murray quipped. "I kind of got the hand-me-downs always since we were young, so I'm used to that."

Turning attentions to his other Wimbledon commitments, Murray was relishing the opportunity to play alongside Williams, but admitted he had few tales to tell of their burgeoning relationship.

"Me and Serena don't know each other that well," he said. "Maybe I can give you a good story after the next 10 days or so after having spent some time on court.

"I think we're going to try and practice tomorrow [Friday]. We'll see how the next 10 days go. Hopefully we'll have a good story to tell at the end of it."

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