Nadal Wins In Toronto, Wawrinka Next; Auger-Aliassime Can’t Close Out Medvedev
by Staff | August 9th, 2018, 2:06 am
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Rafael Nadal opened his summer hard court campaign dispatching Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-3. THe match featured nine breaks of serve, and Rafa was broken three times, so it wasn’t the Spaniard’s best stuff, but for his first match on cement since Australia, he’ll take it.

“I think I played a solid match. It’s true that with myself in the second set I had some troubles, but my return worked well. And it was not about the serve. It was more about the mistakes from the baseline, in my opinion,” the 3-time Canadian champ Nadal said.

“Here it’s important to be on the rhythm. It’s important to play matches. It’s not about tricks. It’s about playing well. These tournaments are so hard. Since the beginning you play against the Top 50 players. So it’s a big test from the real first round, no?… You need to be ready. And today I found a way to be through, and let’s try again tomorrow.”

And tomorrow, he’ll meet longtime rival Stan Wawrinka who had to save four match points in the final set breaker to beat Marton Fucsovics 1-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(10).

Four-time winner Novak Djokovic won his 9th straight match besting Peter Polansky 6-3, 6-4.

“I thought I served well in the moments when I really need it and I was looking for the first serve,” said Djokovic. “I thought I found pretty good accuracy and angles with the first serve, and also my second serve worked pretty well. Overall my game was so-and-so. In the moments when I probably needed to step it up, I did.”

Djokovic will face a stern test Thursday against the 19-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipas who picked up his second win over Dominic Thiem with a 6-3, 7-6(6) victory.

“I felt very confident from the beginning of the match. I felt like I was stronger than him today… and confidence played an important role in my game today. I felt my serve was working really well. And I managed to win lots of easy points on my serve and put pressure on him, knowing that he cannot find solutions while I was serving on my service games,” Tsitsipas said.

No. 2 seed Alexander Zverev also advanced over Bradley Klahn. He’ll next meet Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev who came from 4-1 down in the final set breaker to deny Canadian phenom Felix Auger-Aliassime who was celebrating his 18th birthday. Auger-Aliassime was also up a break in the third before losing 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(7).

While Auger-Aliasime fell and Milos Raonic flammed out to Frances Taifoe in three, 19-year-old Denis Shapovalov kept Canadian hopes alive coming from 4-0 down in the second to foil Fabio Fognini 6-3, 7-5.

“I think my game is at a very high level right now. You know, last week, even though I lost to Kei, it was a really good match. And I was telling everyone, I’m playing well in practice. I’m feeling really good,” Shapovalov said. “I think having my mom on the side has really helped me the last couple weeks. I’ve really picked up my game. We’ve really worked on a couple of aspects that have helped me in the last couple of weeks.”

Shapovalov now faces fellow 2017 Canadian semifinalist Robin Haase who upended Mikhail Youzhny. The Russian was a late replacement for Juan Martin del Potro who withdrew to further rest his wrist.

Big men John Isner, Kevin Anderson and Karen Khachanov were also winners.

THURSDAY TORONTO SCHEDULE
Centre Court Starts At 11:00 Am
5 Grigor Dimitrov v Frances Tiafoe
Not Before 12:30 Pm
Stefanos Tsitsipas v 9 Novak Djokovic
Not Before 2:00 Pm
(Q) Daniil Medvedev v 2 Alexander Zverev

Not Before 6:30 Pm
Robin Haase v Denis Shapovalov
Not Before 8:00 Pm
1 Rafael Nadal v (WC) Stan Wawrinka


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35 Comments for Nadal Wins In Toronto, Wawrinka Next; Auger-Aliassime Can’t Close Out Medvedev

Mystic - Willow Says:

Not his best showing, but you cant do anymore than win, hopefully he will play much better going forward ….


Giles Says:

This was Rafa’s first HC competitive match since AO QF.


Mystic - Willow Says:

People should cut him some slack ….


Mystic - Willow Says:

Sorry Skeezer and no offence but i dont think its a compliment when your compared to a sex offender, maybe Paul McCartney or Elvis wouldve been a better choice ….


skeezer Says:

MW,
Be careful there, facts were he was proven not guilty on all 10 counts. Read “the Michael Jackson Cospiracy” by aphrodite Jones or google the trial. Was basically extortion for money. The guy was/is a genuis, not a pedaphile as so falsely accused.


Mystic - Willow Says:

^ People got paid off to keep quiet, a musical genius yes, but the rest is all rather sketchy IMO, and some of it never really explained properly, ill leave it there ^ ….


skeezer Says:

It was 14 counts, not 10 btw. Again your giving an opinion without reading the facts of the trial. The mother lied, got the boy to lie, etc etc etc. the jury did not buy it. The media convicted the man before the trial began. The DA had a years long obsession with the guy. Coercsion of witneses. Read the book. This was no where close to an OJ type trial.
If you want to discuss further we can go over to off topic thread.


Mystic - Willow Says:

No ill leave it there, its a tennis forum, even in the off topic thread, its a bit too heavy ….


Mystic - Willow Says:

Rafa / Stan should be a great match for a second round, Stan relishes playing the top guys and is a match for anybody when playing well,unfortunatly i wont get to see it because of work ….


Truth Says:

I’ll have to agree that Jackson was a pedo. There were bad boys and bad families, but he claimed children were all pure and angelic. He didn’t care who was good or bad as he loved manipulating people so they could get their boys in his bed. He was lucky when 13 year old Terry George was abused by his sick private phone call in 1979. No regular citizen could record calls in 1979.
Otherwise, he would’ve been arrested and Thriller wouldn’t have given him the special treatment that he craved.
Jacko only met Terry once before in a hotel. Terry was already rich and didn’t need money from Jacko.

He collected magazine photos of boys on his drawer and had a blonde boy doll in bed when he died naked.


Daniel Says:

Wawrinka is in Houdini scape mode this tourney. Hard to see him challenging Nadal, but Nadal also is finding his HC form, so maybe he has a shot.

Hope rain gives a brek remaining of the week to not jeopardize players who go deep here in Cincy.


skeezer Says:

Tiafoe holding his own against Dimi. Into the 3rd. Kids got spunk.


Humble Rafa Says:

3-time Canadian champ Nadal said

Dear Staff,

No need to provide facts. I will be a clay court specialist for life according to some people, always.


Daniel Says:

Dimi wins another close one in third set breaker. Into QF and playing most likely Anderosn there a good chance to semis, where he can play winner of Zverev / Djoko.


Daniel Says:

Djoko strugling. after he won second set he had chances and didn’t capitlize. Was broken. Than again 15-40 down 0-2 to broke back and wasted. Now having hard time t hold again 0-3 serving.


Daniel Says:

Tsitsipas closes and Djoko out. Djoko seems not liking playing first time new talents lately.

Silver lining is he can now focus on Cincy, which is the only Masters missing for him.


Daniel Says:

Also this result is bad for Djoko’s chance of a #8 seed for USO. He is now fighting with Thiem (who also lost early) and Isner (still playing tonight) in Cincy for the 8th spot. Dimi and Anderson winning today did not help his case, unless Dimi bombs next week as he defends title (1000 pts).


Giles Says:

Goodbye joker. Well done Tsitsi.


j-kath Says:

Oh my Sit & Sip earns his “T”ea…drink up lad…and enjoy, he’ll maybe get U next time.


skeezer Says:

BIG win for Tsitsi.


ChrisFord1 Says:

Agree with Daniel. The silver lining is Djokovic gets to rest a bit and play Cincinnati, his only missing “big” title, save for the Olympic gold he pretty likely will never get.

For the “only the Slams” matter crowd, sorry. The sport is bigger than 4 old tournaments. Every player hopes to win Masters and get over a million in prize money. Every pro wants to get a championship. And the luster of gold.
if Djokovic somehow wins Cincinnati, it will be a very big deal. Just as it would be for Nada to get another(AO) or Djokovic (RG) – as no one (male) in tennis ever did a double Career Slam. One is hard enough.


j-kath Says:

Dimi will bomb next week. Pity. Am already worrying who will be the last 8 for O2….would like to go….provided I like half of them. I suppose, too far away to guess.


Mystic - Willow Says:

The masters are great tournaments, but will always be secondary to the GS, i doubt Sampras would lose much sleep over Murray having more masters than he does, as he has way more GS, no disrespect to Murray as im a big fan of his ….


Mystic - Willow Says:

Novak is a great champion, and was and always is sporting in defeat, however hes a great champion with a huge ego as all the all champions are, so he will still be dissapointed he lost to a player that played the match of his life ….


j-kath Says:

If Novak continues on his recovery he soon won’t have to be disappointed….this from a “waiting for Andy fan” oooooohhh – I fully expect Novak to continue to progress apart from an odd hiccup. My expectations are all based on end-of-year (sorri) – and I anticipate Novak to be there with Rafa and Roger ,,,,,next crystal bowl gazing to-be-announced asap.


Daniel Says:

Nadal serving down 3-5 0-30 and Saved that game, wawa 2 points away from second set. injnew he would broke next gane. Wawa serves 30-15 again 2 points away from second set and loses 3 points. 5-5.


FedExpress Says:

Wawrinka choked the shiit out in both sets.


Daniel Says:

Nadal x Cilic QF and whoever wins is in the finals. No way either of them loses to Kachanov or Hasse in semis.


FedExpress Says:

Nadal is the sure winner of this event. There is no one who can beat him.


Margot Says:

^ If Rafa isn’t playing close to his best, “Pretty Boy” can certainly beat him. Nole wasn’t and look what happened.
Meanwhile Khachanov! Yay! :) Shapo Booo :( Suddenly, from nowhere, Haase emerges and starts scything through the opposition. Who’d a thunk that?
One commentator actually made an intelligent remark, don’t all faint with shock here now,when he said, about the hard court season, “there are a lot of sharks in the sea.” The sharks don’t necessarily come out on top, but they can cause a lot of damage in the shallow waters of the early rounds.


j-kath Says:

My goodness, Margot, an original remark by a commentator, whatever next?


Mystic - Willow Says:

Fedexpress he has to beat Cilic before we can even think about that, theres no gimmees in this tournament ….


Mystic - Willow Says:

Just watching a repeat of Stan / Rafa, to parrot some cliches used here, lucky, unlucky, couldve gone either way, chokes etc ….

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