ATP Rogers Cup: Rafael Nadal drops just two games in opening clash with Jesse Levine
Rafael Nadal cruised into the third round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal with a 6-2 6-0 victory over Jesse Levine.
Last Updated: 08/08/13 7:18am
The French Open champion was playing for the first time since his stunning first-round defeat to Steve Darcis at Wimbledon, but there was never any danger of a shock this time around.
Nadal took just 71 minutes to see off his opponent and set-up a last-16 clash with Jerzy Janowicz.
Nadal showed little signs of rust despite returning from a six-week period of inactivity and also playing only his second hard-court tournament for 17 months
He won his only other hard-court event this year in Indian Wells in March, and there were excellent signs for him on Wednesday, the fourth seed hitting the ball extremely well as he brushed aside Levine.
Levine has started representing Canada this year after previously playing under the US flag but could not use the home support to his advantage as he was completely outclassed.
While Nadal advanced with relative ease, the same could not be said of Spanish third seed David Ferrer as Russian qualifier Alex Bogomolov overcame the out-of-sorts world number three 6-2 6-4.
Bogomolov will take on Nikolay Davydenko in round three after the Russian sixth seed saw off Spain's Pablo Andujar 6-1 4-6 6-3.
Meanwhile, Pospisil was joined in the third round by fellow Canadian Milos Raonic, whose victory ensured two of the record five home players to have reached round two advanced.
Eleventh seed Raonic progressed courtesy of a 6-4 6-4 victory over Russia's Mikhail Youzhny in one hour 13 minutes, and will next face Juan Martin Del Potro - a 6-4 4-6 7-5 victor over Ivan Dodig.
But, after Levine's earlier elimination at the hands of Nadal, Frank Dancevic's hopes were ended as he went down 7-6 (7/5) 3-6 6-4 to 15th seed Janowicz and Filip Peliwo was ousted 6-3 3-6 6-3 by Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin.
Fifth seed Tomas Berdych saw off Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3 6-4 and next faces Canadian wild card Vasek Pospisil, who followed up his win over John Isner by beating Radek Stepanek 6-2 6-4.
No 8 seed Stanislas Wawrinka was dumped out by doubles partner Benoit Paire 6-2 7-6 (7-2) while 10th seed Tommy Haas retired from his match against Australia's Marinko Matosevic having lost the first five games.