ATP Rogers Cup: Rafael Nadal made to fight for third-round win over Jerzy Janowicz
Rafael Nadal cut down Jerzy Janowicz to progress to the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup with a 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 win.
Last Updated: 09/08/13 8:19am
Janowicz more than held his own for most of the match and was a break up in both sets, but ultimately buckled under the pressure in Montreal.
The 15th seed's struggles with nerves were epitomised by his nine double faults, with Nadal capitalising on the wobbles to complete victory in an hour and 49 minutes.
Janowicz had looked comfortable under pressure in the early stages of the contest, fighting back from 0-30 down to hold serve in the eight game of the match and saving three set points in the tenth.
The Wimbledon semi-finalist then made his own move in the next game, smacking a forehand return winner cross-court on break point to take a crucial advantage.
But he came up short when serving for the set, sending a routine smash into the net before Nadal pounced on a break-point opportunity to force a tie-break.
Janowicz looked to have recovered from the blip in the early stages of the breaker as he went 5-2 up, only to relinquish the advantage once more as Nadal wrapped up the first set.
World No 4 Nadal was forced onto the back-foot again at the start of the second set as Janowicz broke his serve, with the Polish player this time consolidating it to move 3-0 up.
But the 12-time grand slam winner was still proving to be an intimidating presence as Janowicz handed the break back with a double fault in the fifth game.
Another break in the ninth game gave Nadal the breathing space he needed, and the Spaniard served the match out to book a last-eight clash with Marinko Matesevic, who defeated Benoit Paire 7-6 (9-7) 6-7 (10-12) 6-3.
Top seed Novak Djokovic came from a set down to beat Denis Istomin and reach the quarter-finals - battling back from a sluggish start to post a 2-6 6-4 6-4 victory in Montreal.
The Serb celebrated in style, donning a wig and dancing on court with the ballkids and tournament mascot.
He'll now face Richard Gasquet in a repeat of last year's final of the Masters 1000 tournament. Gasquet also lost the first set but recovered to beat Kei Nishikori 1-6 6-3 6-3.
Elsewhere, there was delight for the home crowd as Canada's Vasek Pospisil claimed a shock 7-5 2-6 7-6 (7-5) victory over fifth seed and former Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych.