Roger Federer turns 36, reveals what scares him most

On 36th birthday, Roger Federer reveals his fear of dogs

Gael Monfils saved four match points before beating Japanese fifth seed Kei Nishikori 6-7 (4-7) 7-5 7-6 (8-6), while Germany's fourth seed Alexander Zverev saved three match points as he overcame Richard Gasquet 6-3 4-6 7-6 (7-3).

"It's a good victory for many reasons", said Monfils. After the match, he said he was happy to be playing after undergoing knee surgery previous year.

A Del Potro double fault put Shapovalov up a break at 6-5 in the second set, but nerves appeared to get to the tournament wildcard, who needed a tie-break to prevail.

"It's been a magical year and I think because everything happened so quickly, and all the matches were three sets in Wimbledon, it didn't feel like it was the epic battle that I had in Australia so it had a totally different taste", he added. He play Peter Polansky on Wednesday. I also had five match points and I lost it 7-6 in the third.

"More just because my wrist at this moment, from the scanning I did, has quite a bit of fluid in it".

Rafael Nadal took a step closer to the No 1 ranking as he started his Rogers Cup campaign by overwhelming Borna Coric.

Roger Federer's great rival Rafael Nadal has led the tributes to the 19-time grand slam victor on the day of his 36th birthday. Federer attacked on successive points, angling off a high backhand volley victor, then sealed a love break when Polansky netted his second double fault of the game.

Ferrer upset 15th seed Jack Sock 7-6 (9/7), 3-6, 6-1.

There was little Polansky could do to stop Federer surging to victory in just 53 minutes in the opening match on Center Court, the Swiss rushing to the net and volleying brilliantly as he showed no signs of rust in his first match since winning Wimbledon. "At the beginning of the match there were great points. I think I started playing so well in the first set and in general, I played a great match" Nadal told reporters of the 6-1 6-2 win.

"Last time that I played against him I lost, a year ago in Cincinnati. It was not an easy round for me".

The Spanish maestro, who is back in the hunt for the No. 1 ranking after winning his 10th French Open title this year, will now lock horns with Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov.



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