Rafael Nadal moved into the semi-finals of Rogers Cup as Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem crashed out on last Friday. Rafael Nadal was pushed early before getting past Fabio Fognini in their clash in the Montreal quarter-final, where the Spanish great stayed back on track in his title defense.
The match between Gael Monfils and Roberto Bautista was interrupted by the rain god. Thiem and Zverev made straightforward exits from the championship.
Rafael Nadal, the 18-time grand slam champion, was troubled early before proving too good for Italian seventh seed Fognini 2-6, 6-1, 6-2. However, that has drawn a response from Nadal, who has won the first nine points of the 2nd set, Fognini unable to recover from a 3-0 deficit. A break in the opening game of the decider set up Nadal, who was just dropped by five points on serve during the set to secure his spot in the final four.
The Spaniard has now won 12 of 16 meetings between the pair, impressively losing just 12 points on serve in the final two sets. Rafael Nadal kept his Rogers Cup title defense alive with a three-set victory over Fabio Fognini in their quarterfinal clash on the last Friday.
The top seed struggled to deal with the Fognini early before coming from behind to secure a 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 win against the Italian seventh seed in Montreal. Rafael Nadal lost to Fognini at Monte Carlo earlier this year. But his win at the ATP Masters 1000 event marked his 12th in 16 meetings between the pair.
A 4 time champion at the tournament, who now has over 40 wins this year, was in trouble early as Fognini made a flying start. But he came back to win the match.