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Rogers Cup: Rafael Nadal into Montreal final against Daniil Medvedev after Gael Monfils withdrawal

Top-seeded defending champion Rafael Nadal of Spain advanced to the Rogers Cup final on Saturday when Gael Monfils of France withdrew before their semifinal. "Finally, (I let Khachanov) back in the match".

Nadal, despite losing the first set, eventually eased past Fabio Fognini in three sets, while there were also wins for Daniil Medvedev and Karen Khachanov, who now face each other in the only known semi-final at the time of writing.

"I played wonderful, but there were two moments in the match I should have won easier", the 23-year-old Medvedev told ATP Tennis Radio. Two-time Roland Garros finalist Thiem, who had never won a match in Canada over five years of trying before this week, said he did not have a chance against Medvedev as a hectic travel schedule caught up with him in his 56-minute loss.

"I had been playing probably a little bit better than him, but the score was against me".

"I was happy that I fought no matter what", noted Monfils, who said earlier in the week he was not 100 per cent physically. 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.

"I love these matches, night session, I play tennis for the big moments, big shows".

"With all the travelling and short transition, two very tough matches yesterday (Thursday) and two days ago, I think the battery was empty today". The No. 6 seed had to work only a bit harder than Medvedev, since he upset the 2017 Rogers Cup victor, third-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany, 6-3, 6-3 in one hour and 14 minutes. "It was OK because I was able to run a lot in the next game".

Medvedev and Khachanov are both 23 and grew up together in Moscow, but Medvedev said he didn't dwell on their past.

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. "Yeah, of course, it's extra special", he said.

"At 6-4, 2-1 I had a pain moving backwards, my ankle was already painful, I hurt it again", he said.

"From one side it's hard, but ... we know what to expect, how we are playing completely different styles". "I played Novak and Roger a few times".

Expect an exciting semi-final here, with Medvedev qualifying for his first ever ATP Masters 1000 final.

"I won't be intimidated".

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