Wawrinka tops Nalbandian at Rogers Cup in Montreal

August 8, 2011 05:21 PM
INDIAN WELLS, CA - MARCH 13: Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland returns a forehand in his match against Nikolay Davydenko of Russia during the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on March 13, 2011.

MONTREAL (AP) -- Switzerland's Stanislas Wawrinka beat Argentina's David Nalbandian 6-1, 6-4 Monday in the first round of the Rogers Cup.

The 14th-seeded Wawrinka will next play American qualifier Michael Russell or Spain's Albert Montanes.

Also scheduled to play Monday are No. 13 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France and No. 16 Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina. The top eight seeded players drew first-round byes.

In other matches, Kevin Anderson of South Africa beat Spain's Pablo Andujar 6-4, 6-4; Ernests Gulbis of Latvia defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain 3-6, 6-1, 7-5; and Brazil's Thomaz Bellucci also advanced with a 7-5, 7-6 (5) win over Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan.

Ivo Karlovic of Croatia edged Juan Monaco of Argentina 6-7 (2), 6-3, 7-6 (5); Russia's Alex Bogomolov beat France's Adrian Mannarino, 6-2, 7-6 (4); Croatia's Ivan Dodig beat Jeremy Chardy of France, 6-3, 6-4; and Marin Cilic of Croatia defeated Italy's Andreas Seppi 7-5, 6-4.

In an evening ceremony, Jimmy Connors is to be inducted into the Rogers Cup Hall of Fame.