Rogers Cup 2018: Semifinal post-match interview

Watch as Rafael Nadal reflects on his semi-final victory over Karen Khachanov at the Rogers Cup in Toronto.

Transcript of Rafa’s presser after the Khachanov match.

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. You’re in the final now. Have you made a decision on Cincinnati yet, whether you go for sure or will you rethink it because you need some rest before the US Open?
RAFAEL NADAL: It’s not moment to talk about that. It’s a moment to be happy because have been a great week until that moment.

Tomorrow is an important match. But anyway, and I think I am happy tomorrow that I am satisfied with the week, no? Arriving here for me it was difficult to imagine that I going to be in the final one week and a half after, no?

So great news. Happy about everything. Of course I can play little bit better, but that’s the work of every day. And all the matches helps to improve my game, and I believe that I can do it.

I did a lot of things well in the whole season. Tomorrow is a day to play a great match against a very tough opponent. And I hope to be ready for it.

Q. Two more tight sets tonight. What kind of challenges was Karen throwing at you and how did you overcome them?
RAFAEL NADAL: He’s a great server. Big shot from the baseline. He has especially great backhand and he can hit the forehand very strong too.

It’s true with the forehand sometimes he have mistakes too, but he plays very aggressive and he hit the ball very strong, no?  Continue reading “Rogers Cup 2018: Semifinal post-match interview”

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Watch the highlights as Rafael Nadal beats Russian Karen Khachanov 7-6(3), 6-4 to reach his fourth Rogers Cup final.

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Rogers Cup Final: What time does Rafael Nadal play against Stefanos Tsitsipas in Toronto?

Rafael Nadal and Stefanos Tsitsipas face off in a Barcelona Open final rematch when the pair battle it out for the Rogers Cup title in Toronto on Sunday.

Already the all-time holder of the most Masters 1000 titles with 32, our champ will try to win his 33rd crown and his 80th career title overall.

Date: August 12, 2018

Match time: Not before 4 PM local time / 4 PM EDT – New York / 9 PM BST – United Kingdom / 10 PM CEST – Spain, France, Germany, Italy / Monday, 6 AM AEST – Melbourne. To convert to your local time, use this website.

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Tsitsipas:

Playing in a Masters 1000 final is the best thing that can happen on your birthday. … I’m capable of doing anything on the court and beating any opponent.

Rafa on playing Tsitsipas:

Tomorrow is a day to play a great match against a very tough opponent. He’s a complex player. He has everything. He’s young. He has passion for the game. He has a great forehand, great backhand, good serve. So he’s not about one thing. He’s about everything.

Rafa, whose last hard-court Masters 1000 title came in Cincinnati in 2013, is into his first Rogers Cup final since that impressive summer stretch five years ago, which saw him complete the Canada-Cincy double and win the US Open. He is 3-0 in finals in Canada, also prevailing in 2005 and 2008.

Tsitsipas will try to become the first player since Albert Portas at Hamburg in 2001 to win his first ATP World Tour title at a Masters 1000 event.

GOOD LUCK & VAMOS RAFA!

Source: ATP World Tour

PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats Karen Khachanov to reach Rogers Cup final

Rafael Nadal has advanced to the final of Rogers Cup with a 7-6(3), 6-4 win over 22-year-old Karen Khachanov. The world No. 1 raised his record to 39-3 on the season.

Our champ will play Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final after the Greek teenager fought back from a set down to beat Kevin Anderson 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-6(7). Rafa won their only previous meeting, dropping just three games in this year’s Barcelona final.

After the match, Rafa said:

I’m happy about everything.

Of course, I can play a little bit better. I believe I can do it.

Rafa will chase a 33rd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title on Sunday—he has not won a Masters title on a hardcourt since he won the Rogers Cup and the Western and Southern Open back-to-back in 2013..

Rogers Cup 2018: Rafael Nadal beats Marin Cilic in tight contest – highlights [VIDEO]

Watch highlights as Rafael Nadal defeats Marin Cilic 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 to reach the semifinals in Toronto.

Cincinnati 2018: Rafael Nadal gets potentially tough draw

Singles draw for the Western & Southern Open, the seventh ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event of the season, was made on Friday.

Rafael Nadal is No. 1 seed and has a first-round bye. He will face either Milos Raonic or a qualifier in the second round, with fifth seed Grigor Dimitrov, 10th seed Novak Djokovic and 14th seed Kyle Edmund also in his quarter.

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Rafa’s potential route to the final:

  • First round: Bye
  • Second round: Milos Raonic
  • Third round: Denis Shapovalov or Kyle Edmund
  • Quarter-final: Novak Djokovic
  • Semi-final: Alexander Zverev or Marin Cilic
  • Final: Roger Federer

If the men play to seed the quarter-final line up will be:

  • Rafael Nadal vs. Grigor Dimitrov
  • Alexander Zverev vs. Marin Cilic
  • Kevin Anderson vs. Juan Martin del Potro
  • Dominic Thiem vs. Roger Federer

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Rafa was the tournament winner in Cincinnati in 2013.

Main draw action in Cincinnati gets underway on Sunday.

Good luck, Rafa!

Rafa first to qualify for ATP World Tour Finals

Rafael Nadal has become the first player to book his place at the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London in November.

Rafa is looking to finish as the year-end No. 1 in consecutive years for the first time and for the fifth time overall, which would tie Jimmy Connors and Roger Federer on the leaderboard – one behind Pete Sampras. Next week, on 18 August, will mark 10 years since our champ first rose to World No. 1.  Continue reading “Rafa first to qualify for ATP World Tour Finals”