TORONTO (AP) — Gael Monfils of France defeated Joao Sousa of Portugal 6–3, 6–3 and fifth seed Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic beat Croatia’s Borna Coric 4–6, 6–1, 6–4 at the Rogers Cup on Tuesday.
Despite dropping his first set, Berdych said that he wasn’t concerned because it was an early break.
“I mean it was by my mistakes and then it was just basically trying to get used to the conditions because they were quite different,” the world No. 8 said.
“I was just really trying to be patient with myself. Trying also to look for the opportunities. And that’s what paid off.”
Tournament No. 2 seed Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland faced Russian Mikhail Youzhny in the late Tuesday match.