Seeded Rafael Nadal rallies to reach Rogers Cup semis

Ruben Hill
August 13, 2019

Rogers Cup defending champion Rafael Nadal ultimately had too much for Dan Evans despite a tough start and long delays.

She broke again for a 2-1 lead in the second and never looked like surrendering the advantage. While he recovered and won the first set, it went downhill from there with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 result in Dominic Thiem's favour. Thiem reached the short ball and put up a lob.

"I saw him a little bit yesterday". Already the lights were on. "There was a lot of expectations". But not wishing me to miss, screaming during the points.

But Shapovalov had no excuses.

Thiem did, however, defeat Shapovalov 6-2, 6-3 on a hardcourt in Mexico a year ago in their only other meeting. "I've played a lot of these".

"I m very happy with the way I served". It's obviously a little tough to swallow. "But I'm really a bit disappointed with the crowd as well", the Russian said.

His first match next week in Cincinnati in the final major tuneup for the US Open will be his first competitive singles outing since the Australian Open in January.

The 16th-seeded Frenchman was headed back to the court Saturday night to play Nadal.

The Spanish star beat Great Britain's Daniel Evans 7-6 (6), 6-4 in a match delayed by rain three times on Wednesday at IGA Stadium.

Canadian teen Bianca Andreescu ousted Pliskova 6-0, 2-6, 6-4 after one hour and 49 minutes to doom the Czech's bid to regain the top spot for the first time since 2017. The first short break gave Nadal time to think through the Evans problem and solve it, breaking back for 3-3 on resumption. That resulted in an easy forehand victor for the Spaniard, who ran out the next two points for the set. With that said, Nadal seems to be moving well on this surface and his return is on point. The match was his first against Nadal. "I felt that I had a big chance to be 3-Love for me. then it was 3-1 for him". I served great basically all the second set, then the last games I got into big trouble. Although Evans broke back to level at 3-3 after they resumed, Nadal eventually sealed victory en route to his 378th Masters 1000 win.

"Every win is special in these tournaments because it's only against great opponents", Thiem said.

"All the matches are hard here".

"We are in quarterfinals of a Masters 1000". All the players in the draw here are unsafe for everyone.

Tsitsipas was angry that he could not challenge the call since there was no Hawkeye review system available to the players on the outside court. "He's able to read the game very well, so he knows how to play tennis in terms of tactics".

"It's just the first day", Nadal said. "I had retired in Wimbledon".

Auger-Aliassime, No. 21 in the world, downed Vancouver's Vasek Pospisil 6-2, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (3) in a nervy affair Tuesday to advance.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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