Andy Murray of Great Britain, who arrived in Toronto on Tuesday after winning Olympic gold in singles, took his opening Rogers Cup match 6-1, 6-3 over Flavio Cipolla of Italy on Wednesday.
It sets up a meeting on Thursday with Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., who earned his way to the third round on Tuesday with an easy victory over Viktor Troicki of Serbia.
Raonic defeated Murray in the semifinals of the Barcelona Open nearly four months ago.
Murray, ranked fourth in the world and second in the Rogers Cup, had little trouble with Cipolla and seemed to suffer few ill effects from the rigours of the Olympics in London.
Cipolla, 28, came into the week ranked 97th in the world tried to make a match of it in the second set. Leading 2-1, Cipolla had break point on in the fourth game but Murray rallied to hold service to even the set at 2-2.
Murray came back to break Cipolla’s serve to go ahead 3-2. Cipolla again had a break point in the sixth game but couldn’t finish it off. Murray broke Cipolla’s serve to end the match.
On Sunday at Wimbledon, the 25-year-old convincingly won Olympic gold with a 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 victory over Roger Federer, who is not at the Rogers Cup this year.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France admitted that he was tired after losing his opening Rogers Cup match on Wednesday.
His 25-year-old countryman Jeremy Chardy, ranked 47th in the world, upset the sixth-ranked Tsonga 6-4, 7-6.
“I think it’s not about my game,” he said. “You know my game is my game. But I was just, you know, not enough — how you say that? I didn’t have enough energy to move well. That’s it.”
Tsonga was coming off a gruelling Olympic experience where he won the silver medal in doubles and had a long, difficult match with Raonic that left him drained.
Tsonga defeated Chardy 6-4, 7-6 in their previous meeting three years ago.
Tsonga reached the semifinals his two previous appearances in the Rogers Cup, but on Wednesday he seemed to be off form.
“You know, anyway I’m disappointed because I lost it,” Tsonga said. “But you know this is the rule. I have to play every week. You know for me it’s a mandatory tournament. I have to be there.
“I will just say, okay, next week I have another tournament. I will have some rest and that’s it.”
In the Olympic singles, he defeated Raonic in a long second-round match that climaxed with a 25-23 third-set tiebreaker. But he had little left and lost the quarter-final in straight sets to Novak Djokovic.
“We are a tough sport because we have to play every single day, and you don’t know how much time you will spend on the court,” Tsonga said. “So it’s difficult to prepare because you don’t know if you should prepare your endurance or if you will be explosive. So it’s difficult to prepare for that.”