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Nadal reaches Toronto quarters with win over Wawrinka
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Nadal reaches Toronto quarters with win over Wawrinka

Published by , Friday 08/10/18 06:36

A 45-minute rain interruption did little to stop the progress of Rafael Nadal on Thursday at the Toronto Masters as he defeated Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 7-6 (7/4) to reach the quarter-finals.

The halt in proceedings came 63 minutes into the opening set, after Wawrinka saved a Nadal set point for 5-all, with the Spaniard then holding serve for 6-5.

When the weather passed, the pair returned, with Nadal wrapping up the set on his second chance.

The second set was a battle as the Swiss, a three-time Grand Slam champion, fought back from an early break down, took a 2-1 lead, with the pair again trading breaks in the fifth and tenth games.

Nadal came from a mini-break down in the tiebreaker and secured victory on his second match point.

"It was a good match, a very positive victory for me over a tough opponent," Nadal said.

"I'm happy to see Stan playing well again. We had a good quality of tennis.

"I'm very pleased, I needed a match like this. It does much for the confidence."

Nadal's win was his 17th from 20 played against Wawrinka.

Second seed Alexander Zverev, the holder, lined up a re-run of last week's Washington semi-final as he again takes on Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The Greek who turns 20 on Sunday knocked out his second seed in as many matches, stunning Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals.

Zverev rolled over Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-2 in 52 minutes while never facing a break point.

Tsitsipas called his knockout of Djokovic, "the best match of my career. I knew I was playing pretty good today."

The number 27 will play the first Masters 1000 quarter-final of his career.

"He played very well and deserved to win without a doubt," Djokovic said. "I just played not that great.

"I didn't return well. It wasn't that great of a match."

Bulgarian fifth seed Grigor Dimitrov laboured for almost two and a half hours to subdue Frances Tiafoe of the United States 7-6 (7/1), 3-6, 7-6 (7/4).

He next faces Wimbledon runner-up and fourth seed Kevin Anderson who defeated Ilya Ivashka of Belarus 7-5, 6-3 to also make the last-eight.

Sixth seed Marin Cilic continued his quiet progress, beating Argentine 11th seed Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-2.

Canadian teen Denis Shapovalov went down to Robin Haase, losing 7-5, 6-2, ending local interest. The Dutch winner will take on Karen Khachanov, who beat eighth seed John Isner 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/1)

Source: AFP

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Keep going Wozniacki
lakeo lakeo il y a 2 heures
I bet you want it because you cant wiin without it. Oh yeah, not to mention your besties with serena. Tennis is a sport where you think for yourself and solve problems. Coaching poisons the purity of the game. The fact that most other sports allow coaching is what makes tennis extra special. Dont change what's not broken.
Nik Kulokoski Nik Kulokoski il y a 4 heures
Federer was lucky to win this one. Hopefully his form will improve in the next rounds.
IJD IJD il y a 5 heures
"It's not an excuse and we are not going to make a fuss over it" But it happend really long time ago, and I dragged it for a really long time, and it really hurt, so I really couldn't play my forehand....... it's okay now, but if I lose tomorrow I believe the pain came back......
hgi.195b hgi.195b il y a 7 heures
Embrace the big stage or get bitten by it.
Hope Foster Hope Foster il y a 14 heures
I feel like this tournament should be treated like a GS, and not allow coaching. I mean, it's worth 1500 pts and these are the top 8 players in the world. Shouldn't need it.
Anticipate Anticipate il y a 14 heures