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Federer and Nadal have made winning starts in Montreal

MONTREAL — Showcase seeds Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal both crushed opening opponents in the second round of the Montreal Masters, with the top two competitors in the field each losing just three games apiece.

Nadal, seeded atop the draw, dispatched Croatian Borna Coric 6-1, 6-2 while two-time Canadian titleholder Federer was untroubled by local wild card Peter Polansky 6-2, 6-1.

"I started playing so well the first set, I played a great match," Nadal said. "The last time I played him I lost last year in Cincinnati - that was not easy for me.

"I'm happy the way I played and pleased to be through to the third round."

Second seed Federer took 53 minutes to rout number 116 Polansky in front of a full house.

Federer, who turned 36 on Tuesday, claimed victory the day after attending a Coldplay concert; he revealed that during the course of Tuesday he received five birthday cakes from various friends and members of his team onsite.

"I'm not that well-prepared as such, but I am fresh and I'm ready to go and I'm eager to do well. That can always lead to good things," the Swiss said. "It's pretty straightforward: trying to play on my terms. Conditions are fast. We'll see how it goes."

Federer added: "I think it's just really learn from this week about how I need to play in Cincinnati and the US Open.

"Overall, I'm very satisfied with the match. The conditions were tough, with a lot of wind today.Sometimes it's difficult to find the rhythm.

"But I was happy that I was very focussed on my service games. I was aggressive. This is how I want to play for the whole week. Anyway, it's a good start."

Federer last played in the Francophile city six years ago.

He owns two Canadian titles, from Toronto in 2004 and 2006. He is competing in Montreal for the first time since falling to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the 2011 third round.

German fourth seed Alexander Zverev outlasted Richard Gasquet 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3) while French showman Gael Monfils beat fifth seed Kei Nishikori, saving four match points in the final set tiebreaker and winning the last six points to overhaul the Asia's top player 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 7-6 (8-6).

Nisikori finished runner up a year ago to Novak Djokovic and had defeated Monfils in all three of their previous matches.

Bulgarian seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov fought past Mischa Zverev 6-3, 3-6, 6-3; South African Kevin Anderson beat 11th seed Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 7-6 (8-6).

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