His opponent, world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, is chasing his fourth trophy in Canada.
“I think I served better”, Williams said.
“I did enjoy it. Honestly, I did enjoy competing”, Djokovic told ESPN’s Darren Cahill afterward. “I felt like I was playing better as I was inhaling”.
“I want to play well for Leander too”. But that said, it seems every day we go drama-free in Montreal, the next day it’s fireworks. “Anyway, in the worst case I will lose”.
Andy Murray overcame fourth seed Nishikori 6-3, 6-0 in a semi-final contest that lasted just 65 minutes, the BBC reported. The tournament victor last week in Washington, Nishikori topped Nadal for the first time in eight attempts. Nishikori made a successful comeback last week after a long-running thigh injury and said that his fitness is good. He’s got that ridiculous 30 match win streak in Masters Series and this close to the US Open he probably doesn’t want to give Andy any ideas or any edge. “Everything was working well, so I am very happy to win today”.
Kei Nishikori swept aside Rafa Nadal in the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal with a swift 6-2 6-4 victory, while world number one Novak Djokovic saved two match points before beating Latvian Ernests Gulbis.
Rainy, muggy weather upset the schedule.
It is, of course, a huge ask, yet even if Djokovic doesn’t manage it this season, he looks destined to overtake Nadal before next year’s clay swing.
Djokovic needed 54 minutes to overtake the 35th-ranked Sock. The two top seeds and leaders in the Race to London, Djokovic and Murray, have also just notched up 50 wins apiece to reach the quarters-more than anyone else on the tour.
Chardy staved off seven match points against Isner.
“It was a insane match”, Chardy said.
The Frenchman, ranked 49th, advanced for the first time to the semifinals of a Masters 1000 tournament, one level below the grand slams. And he’s doing it by punishing Murray in those final sets.
In fact, the 87th-ranked qualifier outplayed his former junior rival for much of the first two sets.
The match began almost two hours later because of rain and was interrupted in the second set by another shower.
Djokovic found himself down a set and a break against the Gulbis whose form comes and goes without warning. Fans called his name between points and cheered wildly when he won a point. In other sports that sort of thing happens more often than we imagine, in a lot of team sports especially.
The Serbian tennis star sealed a berth in the final by defeating Jeremy Chardy in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 on Saturday (15 August).