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Nadal in Toronto quarter finals

Toronto, Aug 10 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 8/10/2018 1:00:46 PM IST

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. 


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