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11

Nadal joins Murray in the Rogers Cup locker room for the losers.

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal is out of the Rogers Cup after a shock second round defeat against Croatia’s Ivan Dodig. The Spaniard, playing for the first time since losing to Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon final in July, won the opening set 6-1. However, Dodig hit back to take the next two sets, both on tie-breaks, and clinch the match 1-6 7-6 7-6. Dodig, who hit 19 aces in all, will play Janko Tipsarevic for a place in the quarter-finals. “This is the greatest moment of my life,” said Dodig who is ranked 41 in the world. Nadal, winner of the Canadian event in 2005 and 2008, said: “He played very well, very aggressive. “He didn’t feel the pressure in the important moments. And at the end of the match, probably I was a little bit unlucky today, no?”

Djokovic, the 2007 Rogers Cup champion, had to survive a scare before beating 30th-ranked Nikolay Davydenko of Russia 7-5 6-1 to improve his stunning 2011 winning record to 49-1 overall and 25-0 on hard courts.

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