ANDY Murray is gearing up for a first competitive senior match against his brother Jamie on Wednesday.
Andy and Jamie Murray are set to play against each other for the first time at the ATP Rogers Cup in Montreal.
Andy, currently the world No 3 in singles, set up the clash with his brother after he and India’s Leander Paes beat Jeremy Chardy and Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-1.
Jamie and his Australian partner John Peers, who recently won the German Open and are on course to qualify for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London were runners-up in the men’s doubles at Wimbeldon this year.
“I’ve never played my brother since we became professionals,” Andy said. “We obviously played a lot against each other in juniors, in a lot of local competitions or competitions around Great Britain, but yeah we haven’t played each other for a very long time.”
“It will be nice in some ways to do it, but also it’s not easy.
“Serena and Venus [Williams] have obviously done that playing for Grand Slams. I can’t imagine how difficult that is.
“Playing in the second round of the doubles is a little bit more relaxed than those occasions, but it still won’t be easy if we have to play each other.”
Meanwhile, Gael Monfils sailed into the second after comfortably dispatching Italian Fabio Fognini 6-3 6-1.
The Frenchman, seeded 15th, took an hour and three minutes to post the emphatic victory, with his dominant serve proving too much for Fognini.
“I played a solid match. It was important to me,” Monfils told the ATP Tour. “I wanted to start off this tournament well. It was not a great match, but I didn’t play bad. I was solid, I didn’t give away any points.”
Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller is next up for Monfils after the world No 46 saw off Canadian wild card Philip Bester 6-2, 6-3.
Bulgarian 14th seed moved into the second round with a hard-fought 6-4, 7-5 win over Ukrainian qualifier Aleksandr Dolgopolov. Dimitrov reached the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup last year and has ranking points to defend, but despite some indifferent form this season, he showed enough resolve to book a meeting with Jack Sock in round two, who edged past Adrian Mannarino 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (7/5).
David Goffin, seeded 13th, had a far more comfortable time of things, as the Belgian overcame last week’s Washington semi-finalist Steve Johnson 6-2, 6-2, while Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny pulled off a minor shock by beating Serbia’s Viktor Troicki 6-3, 7-5.
In the WTA Rogers Cup in Toronto, Venus Williams was dumped out in the first round by German Sabine Lisicki.
Williams, who made seven double faults during the match, was brushed aside by Lisicki 6-0, 6-3 in an hour and six minutes.
Lisicki, ranked two places lower than Williams in 24th in the standings, held off both break points she faced and broke herself on five occasions.
Tenth seed Karolina Pliskova was also a casualty, the Czech losing to Croatian qualifier Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-2. Ninth seed Carla Suarez Navarro also crashed out, going down 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-4 to Alize Cornet.
German 13th seed wasted little time in her first-round match against Japanese qualifier Misaki Doi, crushing her 6-0, 6-1, while Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova, seeded 11th, blasted past Anna Tatishvili of Georgia 6-3, 6-3.
Jelena Jankovic eased into the second round with 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 win over Caroline Garcia, while former Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka was too strong for Elina Svitolina, winning 6-1, 6-4.