Daniel Evans of Great Britain congratulates Rafael Nadal of Spain for his 7-6, 6-4 victory during day 6 of the Rogers Cup at IGA Stadium on August 7, 2019 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images/AFP

MONTREAL, BALIPOST.com – World number two Rafael Nadal stayed patient through a two-hour rain delay Wednesday in defeating Britain’s Daniel Evans 7-6 (8/6), 6-4 to reach the third round of the ATP Montreal Masters.

With weather forecasts dicey for the next few days, the Spanish top seed got a taste of the conditions he might face as he defends his Canadian title in an event that alternates between Montreal and Toronto.

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Nadal advanced after two hours of play but because of rain it took almost four and a half hours after the first ball was struck.

“I’m happy to get through a difficult match,” the four-time Canadian champion said.

“I have great memories of this tournament, back to the first time I won the title here (Montreal) in 2005.”

Nadal started on the back foot as he lost his opening serve but clawed back.

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Evans saved two set points in the 10th game before a first brief weather break at 6-5 for Nadal.

The seed eventually took the set in a tiebreaker and began the second with a break before the major stoppage of the afternoon.

Nadal lost his early break as Evans levelled 3-all but the Spaniard got one back a game later on the way to the win.

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Nadal is seeking his third title of the season and now stands 38-6 in 2019.

He was playing for the first time since losing a Wimbledon semi-final to Roger Federer a month ago.

Former US Open winner Marin Cilic, seeded 14th, advanced to the last 16, beating Australian lucky loser John Millman 6-3, 6-4. (AFP)



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