Nadal Knocks Out Fognini In Montreal; Russians Medvedev, Khachanov To Meet In SF
by Staff | August 10th, 2019, 12:19 am

Rafael Nadal avenged a shock Monte Carlo loss to Fabio Fognini by beating the Italian Friday night in Montreal 2-6, 6-1, 6-2.

“It was an up-and-down match, but a positive match for me,” Nadal assessed. “I have been playing better and better.”

Fognini jumped on top early with slapping winners off both wings, frustrating Nadal.

In the second, Rafa got back in charge with better depth on his shots. Fognini needed treatment for a foot issue he tweaked in the first, and that spelled his doom in the the third as Rafa ran away with the match taking 12 of the last 15 games.

“I lost 6-2 with the feeling I was not playing bad, no negative feelings on the ball, just things going too fast,” Nadal said. “Honestly, the beginning of the match difficult because I playing probably a little bit better than him, but then the score was against me. I felt that I had a big chance to be 3-Love for me. then it was 3-1 for him.”

Nadal goes into his 7th Canadian Open semifinal where he will take on either Roberto Bautista Agut or Gael Monfils. Their match was suspended just two points in due to rain and will resume at 1pm on Saturday.

Earlier in the day, Russians Daniil Medvedev and Karen Khachanov set up a semifinal showdown.

Playing in his first Canadian Open quarterfinal, Medevedev destroyed a hapless Dominic Thiem 6-3, 6-1 in under an hour.

Medvedev was never really troubled, barely losing points on serve and controlling the action off the ground to reach his second Masters semifinal. He won 16 of the first 17 points of the second set against the fading Austrian.

“Of course, I was expecting a tougher match,” said Medvedev. “I was happy that I was able to play so well, to beat him so easily. It saved me a lot of energy. It gave me a lot of confidence, so I’m very happy.”

Thiem would later comment that he was not feeling well which contributed to his poor play.

“With all the traveling and short transition, two very tough matches yesterday and two days ago, I think the battery was empty today,” said Thiem who won Kitzbuhel on Sunday. “I was not on my 100 per cent. This is just not enough in a quarterfinals of a Masters 1000, especially against a guy like Daniil, who is in a great shape, is playing amazing tennis. I was not able to go the long rallies with him. That’s basically the only chance to beat him.”

Khachanov secured the all-countryman semi by dispatching a lackluster Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-3. Zverev, who won Montreal in 2017, continued with his doubles from yesterday early on, handing Khachanov a quick break.

Khachanov was aided by another double fault to go up 4-2 in the second, then held on for his first Top 10 win of the season.

“I think he didn’t play his best, of course. On the other side, I played a good match tactically, I played solid from the baseline,” Khachanov said. “Maybe he was missing a little bit more. That’s why he got frustrated.”

Khachanov beat Medvedev in Moscow last fall.

“Never easy to play against a friend from the same country. We grew up together. We played all the tournaments since 12 or 14,” Khachanov said. “We know each other pretty well. From one side it’s difficult, but from the other side both of us, we know what to expect, how we are playing completely different styles. [It should] be an interesting match.”

Khachanov is in his third Masters semifinal and he’s already been to a final winning in Paris back in November. Medvedev has never made a Masters final.

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16 Comments for Nadal Knocks Out Fognini In Montreal; Russians Medvedev, Khachanov To Meet In SF

j-kath Says:

Andy Murray is going to have a “GO” at singles next week – at Cinc.!!!!!!

Andy Mira Says:

JK…I can’t wait to see him play….Hopefully he will get a couple of matches under his belt(if not more)…so he can feel more confidence about his body & game…but gotta admit,his draw is a little bit tough…tho Thiem maybe feel a little bit tired or something(he look dazed against Medvedev)…

Good luck Andy!…

chrisford1 Says:

Djokovc didn’t get a good draw, Fed and Rafa did up to the point they play Djokovic if he survives.

Novak’s path is Querrey>Isner>Khachanov/Kyrgios>Federer>Nadal.

Will be interesting to see how Andy is doing. I don’t expect him to make QFs, but have a couple of good tests. Gasquet, Thiem,

skeezer Says:

“Djokovc didn’t get a good draw,”
Ahh poor baby :(
Its a good draw when you don’t have to face Fedal until the final.

j-kath Says:

Andy Mira/Chrisford 1: Would be great if he gets thru Gasquet – but unlikely – every player Andy faces for a while will face him with confidence – a pity he is starting out against the elegant skilled Frenchman….who will play out-of-his-skull. Ah well – c’est la vie.


chrisford1 Says:

Maybe Murray will be like Rafa, j-Kath. He’s out, comes back, Nadal is in the QFs and Semis after a few tournaments (2-3) to shake the rust off, and in the Final shortly after that.

Andy Mira Says:

JK…Yeah…it’s possible that Gasquet will eat him alive when they meet later…but…i…still choose Andy to go thru…

Gasquet is a good player no doubt…but…he’s also known for his mental frailty & inconsistency too..As for Andy…he pushed RBA to 5 sets at AO this year while he basically play on 1 leg & with so much pain..i’d like his chances more in this match…true,he maybe a little bit rusty,slow or tentative..but for me,determined & painless Andy is still tough for Gasquet to beat…but of coz i might be wrong too!heh heh…

C’mon Andy!

j-kath Says:

Chrisford 1: Hope you are right.
Andy Mira: Your reputation for picking winners is pretty good – so I’m depending on you so start spinning the magic.

Andy Mira Says:

Hahahàha….Oh no JK!….That ‘s a big responsibilty for me to shoulder!….Just promise me not to kick my a$# if i’m wrong k?Hehehe…

To think back…this past 7 month is truly magical right?Not in million years that i thought i will see Andy back on court just 5 months after having a surgery…I just hope this magic moment will keep continue for Andy…I will keep praying for him,that’s for sure!

j-kath Says:

Andy Mira: I am imaging you wearing one of those retro eighties dresses with the big shoulder pads – females ready to conquer the world….no task too big! I shall hold on to the vision while I squeeze my crystals.

Andy Mira Says:

JK….Ohohohoho!…Yes!!…Let’s holding hands virtually & together we send Andy a positive energy!


j-kath Says:

Okey-doke Andy Mira – I wonder which one of us will be the first
to be escorted to a Mental Health facility.

Alison Hodge Says:

Good luck Andy Murray ….

Good luck Rafa in the final ….

j-kath Says:

Hiya Alison, Trust U R surving the unbelievable mess of Brit. politics – the tennis helps I hope. Think Rafa is doing well – fingers crossed for some level of optimism re. Andy. Hugs and same to Okie.

Alison Hodge Says:

Thanks J-Kath all well with the world my dear xx ;-)

Andy Mira Says:

JK…Ohh!…i think it will be me!…Not only my middle name is ‘crazyidiot’…but with the level of craziness i am having atm,i will heading there in no time!

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