MONTREAL, Aug. 7 (UPI) --
Briton Andy Murray
, playing his first tennis since an historic victory at Wimbledon
, downed Marcel Granollers
in second-round play Wednesday at the Rogers Cup.
The second-seeded Murray struggled at times but outplayed the Spanish surprise winner of last week's Kitzbuhel event by a 6-4, 7-6 (7-2) margin at Stade Uniprix in Montreal.
The triumph was the 13th straight for the two-time Canadian Masters champ, who last month became the first British male Wimbledon singles winner in 77 years.
His next opponent will be Latvian Ernests Gulbis, who advanced with a 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 defeat of 13th-seeded Italian Fabio Fognini.
Another two-time Canada winner, Spain's fourth-seeded Rafael Nadal, also gained the third round in his first action after a long layoff, easily dispatching Canadian wild card Jesse Levine 6-2, 6-0.
Nadal showed few signs of rust in his initial match since taking an early exit at Wimbledon in late June.
In other Day 3 matches, No. 5 Czech Tomas Berdych, Frenchman Benoit Paire and Australian qualifier Marinko Matosevic each posted a victory.
Canadian wild card Vasek Pospisil and Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin also advanced, with Istomin set to face reigning two-time Rogers Cup champ Novak Djokovic.
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