Published: Mon, August 12, 2019
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Nadal reaches Montreal final after Monfils injury

Nadal reaches Montreal final after Monfils injury

Monfils had been hoping to face Spain's world number two some five hours after completing a rain-delayed quarter-final against Roberto Bautista Agut.

Daniil Medvedev had lost his previous two meetings with Thiem, but the Russian needed less than an hour to crush the Austrian 6-3 6-1.

Eighth seed Medvedev prevailed 6-1 7-6 (6) over Khachanov in a victory that will make him Russia's top-ranked player on Monday but felt he should have finished his rival off earlier.

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. "It's never easy to play a good friend, especially from the same country", Khachanov said. "I was able to pull it out". "This is just not enough in the quarter-finals of a Masters 1000, especially against a guy like Daniil, who is in a great shape, who is playing awesome tennis".

"I was not playing bad", the top seed and No. 2 player in world said of the deficit.

"I think I showed today I was a fighter", he said.

However, with a young player such as Medvedev, I'm more minded to take into account more recent data - I'm less keen to do so for a well-exposed player of peak age, for example - so I do feel that we need to respect these 2019 numbers.

"He told me I had no chance". The two will meet each other for the first time in their career with Nadal aiming to defend his first non-clay title and Medvedev bidding for his first ATP Masters 1000 title.

"From one side it's hard, but ... we know what to expect, how we are playing completely different styles". He said: 'But not this one.' He's right, because we've been battling all the year. "But maybe it was a safest decision not to play tonight".

"I won't be intimidated". Medvedev, who trains in France, is sponsored by Lacoste, has a French coach (Gilles Cervara) and speaks French, has been playing as if he's on home courts and has been embraced as one of Montreal's own. I want to win every match I play.

Khachanov, ranked No. 8, blasted a ball out of the venue during Thursday's win over Auger-Aliassime in frustration at crowd noise during play, leading to loud boos. "Hopefully, I can do it tomorrow", the 33-year-old concluded.

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