Rafael Nadal announces Cincinnati Masters decision after winning Rogers Cup


Nadal will face eighth-seeded Daniil Medvedev, a 6-1, 7-6 (6) victor over sixth-seeded Karen Khachanov, in the all-Russian first semifinal.

Daniil Medvedev continued his impressive run at the Rogers Cup, reaching his first ATP Masters 1000 final with a straight-sets win over Karen Khachanov. "I felt that I had a big chance to be 3-Love for me. then it was 3-1 for him". It took Nadal just 70 minutes to win 6-3, 6-0. "It saved me a lot of energy".

"I knew how it's going to be", Medvedev said of playing Nadal. "It was an up-and-down match, but a positive match for me because I played better and better as it went on", Nadal said. "I was not on my 100 per cent", he said. "I was afraid for my ankle", added Monfils who lifted a title in Rotterdam this season but retired injured in the first round at Wimbledon.

Nadal battled back from a set down to defeat Italy's Fabio Fognini 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 at a wind-swept IGA Stadium to advance to the tournament's semifinals for the seventh time.

Djokovic and Federer both skipped this year's event in Montreal, but are scheduled to participate at the upcoming Cincinnati tournament as preparations swing into high gear for the U.S. Open.

Medvedev dominated the first set against Khachanov, losing just three points on serve and breaking twice.

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Earlier in the week, the fans did everything they could to lift up Denis Shapovalov, the 20-year-old Richmond Hill, Ont., native whose bid to best his semifinal appearance in Montreal two years ago fell short in a hard-fought 4-6, 6-3, 3-6 round-of-32 match against world No. 4 Dominic Thiem. I want to win every match I play.

Medvedev, 37-15 this season with a Sofia title, will bid for the semis against the victor from 2017 Montreal champion Alexander Zverev and Russian Karen Khachanov.

"Never easy to play against a friend from the same country", Khachanov said of Saturday's rematch.

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

Denis Shapovalov of Richmond Hill, Ont., and Indian veteran Rohan Bopanna lost their doubles semifinal to the Dutch team of Robin Haase and Wesley Koolhof 7-6 (3), 7-6 (7).

As he is more comfortable on the faster surfaces given his naturally powerful and attacking game, he is hoping to resurrect his season on the North American hard courts.