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Andy Murray advances at Rogers Cup in first post-Wimbledon action

Aug. 7, 2013 at 5:53 PM

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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