Federer cruises, Nishikori out in Montreal
Having received a bye into the second round, Federer needed just 54 minutes to secure a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Canadian wildcard Peter Polansky.
World No 116 Polansky had done well to reach the second round after beating Vasek Pospisil in round one, but he was no match for the in-form Swiss, who is currently experiencing a major career renaissance.
Federer won 86% of his first serve points and converted three of seven break points to set up a third-round clash with Spaniard David Ferrer, who beat Jack Sock 7-6 (9-7), 3-6, 6-1.
The 19-time Grand Slam champion turned 36 yesterday, but shows little signs of slowing down. He celebrated his birthday on Tuesday by attending a Coldplay concert in Montreal.
Elsewhere, fifth seed Kei Nishikori’s stop-start season continued as he lost 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 7-6 (8-6), to Frenchman Gael Monfils.
The Japanese star was a set and a break up, serving for the match at 5-4, but Monfils was able to turn the tables, claiming two late breaks to take the second set before clinching the third in a tie-break.