Rafael Nadal battled again from a set all the way down to beat Marin Cilic and attain the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup in Toronto.
World primary Nadal, who was crushed by Cilic at this yr’s Australia Open, misplaced the opener 6-2 however recovered properly to take the ultimate two units 6-Four.
Following the victory, Nadal insisted his defeat to Cilic in Melbourne was not on his thoughts as he closes in on a possible fifth Rogers Cup triumph.
‘I by no means consider in revenge,’ Nadal, who misplaced to Novak Djokovic eventually month’s Wimbledon, stated. ‘It’s not due to Australian Open match, by no means.
‘It was simply because it’s a essential match for me. Being within the semi-finals is nice information initially of the exhausting courtroom season.
‘And profitable three good matches within the first Grasp 1000 so yeah, so essential for me.’
A Nadal victory was removed from certaint after Cilic made an electrical begin within the match and gained the primary set solely dropping two video games.
Nadal stated Cilic was ‘unstoppable’ throughout the opener and was happy to climate the storm earlier than mounting his comeback.
He added: ‘Particularly the best way that he performed in that first set was unstoppable, no? So I resisted. I play with the appropriate techniques.
‘I attempted to search out my options, however it was so, so tough. In order that’s why it was an essential celebration. It means loads to me to be within the semi-finals.
‘I practiced with him a few occasions final yr, and I felt that he was not taking part in that properly. This yr, for the reason that starting of the season, he’s taking part in implausible.’
Defending champion Alexander Zverev, in the meantime, stated his quarter-final match with Stefanos Tsitsipas was ‘completely pathetic’.
Tsitsipas, who turns 20 on Sunday, surprised Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic within the earlier spherical and got here by way of to beat Zverev in three units.
‘I don’t suppose he performed that properly,’ Zverev stated. ‘I believe the match was completely pathetic on all ranges.
‘I’m very trustworthy with you guys. Right this moment was an absolute pathetic match I don’t even suppose he performed properly.’