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Defending champ Rafael Nadal wins Rogers Cup opener

Rogers Cup Montreal - Day 6

MONTREAL, QC - AUGUST 07: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates his 7-6, 6-4 victory over Daniel Evans of Great Britain during day 6 of the Rogers Cup at IGA Stadium on August 7, 2019 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

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MONTREAL (AP) Top-seeded Rafael Nadal opened his Rogers Cup title defense Wednesday, beating England’s Daniel Evans 7-6 (6), 6-4 in a second-round match delayed by rain three times.

After rain delays of six and 30 minutes, Nadal fought off two set points in the first-set tiebreaker. Play was stopped for 1 hour, 56 minutes with Nadal leading 2-0 in the second set.

The 33-year-old Spanish star is a four-time Rogers Cup champion.

Also, 14th seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia advanced to the third round with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Australia’s John Millman.