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TORONTO, July 26 (Xinhua) -- No. 2 seed Stan Wawrinka headlined the seeded players to advance on Tuesday, the second day of action in Rogers Cup Main Draw tournament at Aviva Centre in Toronto.

The 31-year-old Swiss battled Russia's Mikhail Youzhny in a 2-hour match that went to tie break in both sets. Wawrinka won 7-3 in the first tie break and 8-6 in the second to secure his spot in the third round of the tournament.

In the only other second round match, No. 5 seed Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic overcame a first set loss to beat Borna Coric of Croatia in three sets.

Tuesday saw three seeded French players in first play. No. 10 seed Gael Monfils and No. 13 seed Lucas Pouille were victorious while No. 14 seed Benoit Paire was bounced in straight sets by 37-year-old Czech Radek Stepanek, who reached the main draw as a qualifier.

The final seeded player in action, Steve Johnson of USA, the No. 15 seed fell in straight sets to Italian Fabio Fognini.

Tuesday also featured Canadian Vasek Pospisil, one of six Canadians in the Main Draw. The 26-year-old was victorious over Frenchmen Jeremy Chardy, who was forced to retire with a right foot injury in the opening game of the second set.

Of the 30 remaining players in the tournament, five are Canadian. No. 4 seeded Milos Raonic will play his opening match Wednesday evening, his first match since losing to Andy Murray in the finals of Wimbledon earlier in the month.

Earlier in the day in doubles action, World. No. 1 ranked Novak Djokovic and partner Nenad Zimonjic fell in three sets to the Canadian team of Philip Bester and Adil Shamasdin.

Djokovic will be back in action Wednesday in the singles draw as he opens against Gilles Muller of Luxembourg. The 29-year-old Serbian is looking to improve on his runner-up finish in last year's tournament and is vying for his fourth Rogers Cup title.

WASHINGTON, March 6 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday spoke separately over phone with leaders of Japan and South Korea to discuss the latest test-launch of ballistic missiles by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), according to the White House.

Trump emphasized U.S. commitment to stand with Japan and South Korea in the face of the "serious threat" posed by the DPRK, said a statement by the White House.

The Trump administration is taking steps to further enhance the ability to deter and defend against the DPRK's ballistic missiles using the full range of U.S. military capabilities, said the statement.

The phone talks followed the DPRK's test-launch on Monday of four ballistic missiles that flew around 1,000 km toward its eastern waters. Among the four, three reportedly fell into Japan's exclusive economic zone.

The latest missile launch by the DPRK came as the United States and South Korea were conducting their joint military drill.

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