Canadian Open 2019: Russian Rising Star Daniil Medvedev Cruise into Semi-Finals

Alexander Zverev v Karen Khachanov live streaming at the Rogers Cup

Nadal, an 18-time Grand Slam singles champion from Spain, takes on Italy's Fabio Fognini later while France's Gael Monfils and Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut meet in the day's concluding quarter-final. "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.

Nadal will aim for his fifth Canadian trophy on Sunday when he faces Daniil Medvedev, who dominated Russian compatriot Karen Khachanov 6-1, 7-6 (8/6).

The French-speaking Medvedev was cheered on by a partisan crowd and finished off a tired-looking Thiem 6-3 6-1 to end the Austrian's six-match winning streak in under an hour.

This is evidenced by some stunning 2019 hard court numbers. But a recounting of Nadal's pedigree won't tremble Medvedev, who's into his first Masters 1000 final and has won eight of his past nine matches.

"It just means that I'm playing better now, that I'm able to beat these top players in two sets". With this in mind, it's hard to disagree hugely with market lines and Medvedev looks justified as favourite to likely meet Nadal in tomorrow's final.

Friday night's match was suspended due to rain after Monfils won the first two points. It's different, I have to say. It saved me a lot of energy. Even it's very okay because I was able to run a lot in the next game because on that previous game I got broken.

"I just tried to be there, to be focused and to calm down a little bit the match because things were going too quick". In the semi-finals against longtime friend Karen Khachanov, Medvedev tightened up serving for the match at 5-4, but he held on to win in straight sets and improve to 8-0 in sets this week.

"With all the traveling and short transition, two very tough matches yesterday and two days ago, I think the battery was empty today".

Medvedev and Khachanov are both 23 and grew up together in Moscow, but Medvedev said he didn't dwell on their past. We played all the same tournaments since 12 or 14 and we know each other pretty well. "We know each other pretty well".

But the Frenchman hurt his ankle in that 6-4 3-6 7-6 (7-2) win and had to withdraw from the Montreal tournament.

"In the third set, I only played on my service games".

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