Nadal rallies to beat Fognini in Montreal

ATP Montreal Karen Khachanov downs Alexander Zverev to write history

ATP Montreal Karen Khachanov downs Alexander Zverev to write history

Top-seeded defending champion Rafael Nadal of Spain advanced to the Rogers Cup final on Saturday when Gael Monfils of France withdrew before their semifinal. "In general terms [it was] an up-and-down match, but a positive match for me because I played better and better", Nadal said.

Should Nadal beat Russian Daniil Medvedev in the Montreal final on Sunday, the World No. 2 would win his 35th Masters 1000 crown, extending his all-time lead. He has however, returned to form in recent weeks breaking into the top ten of the ATP rankings for the first time in his career.

Medvedev won a whopping 96 per cent of his points on first serve and never faced a break point to grab his first victory in three meetings with Thiem.

"I think it's normal if you play a Canadian or if you play a local that the whole crowd is against you", said Thiem, who beat Shapovalov in the second round. With this in mind, it's hard to disagree hugely with market lines and Medvedev looks justified as favourite to likely meet Nadal in tomorrow's final.

Frenchman Monfils also needed to win a tie-break to defeat Bautista Agut in the third set of their rain-delayed quarter-final match.

"I was very flat today", he said.

The Russian faces sixth-seeded compatriot Karen Khachanov or German third seed Alexander Zverev in the last four. "It was OK because I was able to run a lot in the next game".

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"We had one match a year ago in Moscow and it was very tough", said Khachanov.

"I just tried to be there, to be focused and to calm down a little bit the match because things were going too quick". "We know each other pretty well". "Before the match, I hadn't thought about that, but I quickly understood it was going to be the match for me to become the top one in Russian Federation, maybe top eight in the world". From one side it's hard, but from the other side both of us, we know what to expect, how we are playing completely different styles.

"He didn't play his best, of course", Khachanov said.

"At 6-4, 2-1 I had a pain moving backwards, my ankle was already painful, I hurt it again", he said. I came back. I played this week.

Daniil Medvedev also revealed that he didn't expect himself to reach this far and play against the "Big Three" in the finals of an ATP Masters 1000 event.

"I won't be intimidated".

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