Thiem, Zverev sent packing in Montreal quarter-finals

Ross Houston
August 12, 2019

Top-seeded Rafael Nadal of Spain, the No. 2 player in the world and defending champion from the 2018 event in Toronto, faced No. 7 Fabio Fognini of Italy in the first night semifinal.

In the semifinals, the 33-year-old Spanish star will face No. 10 Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain or No. 16 Gael Monfils of France. "After the match, everybody says, "Oh, you speak French, Daniil'".

Earlier on Friday, the eighth-seeded Medvedev needed just under 57 minutes to finish off Thiem, the No. 2 seed from Austria.

Although Medvedev was broken twice by Khachanov in the deciding set, including at 5-4 as he tried to serve out the match, he rebounded and was solid in holding his serve during the tie-break, which enabled him to pull out the victory.

In total, world number nine Medvedev committed 22 unforced errors throughout the match. "On the other side, I played a good match tactically". Medvedev's won 70.1% of service points and 39.5% on return (109.6% combined) and this isn't far from elite level - if we base our opinion on those figures, there's now a decent case to be made for him being the fourth best (apart from the elite three) hard courter on main tour right now. "It saved me a lot of energy".

"I was confident about myself and then there were some mistakes I should not have done".

Khachanov has looked impressive this week with victories against Stanlislis Wawrinka and local boy Felix Auger- Aliassime before a very convincing 6-3, 6-3 win to oust 2017 champion Alexander Zverer in the quarter-finals.

Zverev suffered the first blemish on what had been a flawless 7-0 record in Montreal after winning the 2017 edition in his maiden visit to the city, which alternates with Toronto as host venue each year.

With his win, the ninth-ranked Medvedev moved ahead of No. 8 Khachanov to become the top-ranked Russian and he's also the first from Russia to reach the final in Canada since Marat Safin won the Rogers Cup title in 2000.

Fognini beat Nadal in their last meeting in the Monte Carlo Masters semifinals. "I had retired in Wimbledon. I'll talk to my team and we will see", he said.

Williams had slow starts in her previous two outings this week but came out much stronger for this one and delivered a serving masterclass that denied Osaka any break point opportunities.

He topped Agut 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (2).

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