Published: Wed, August 14, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Medvedev stuns Thiem, Nadal survives scare in Montreal

Medvedev stuns Thiem, Nadal survives scare in Montreal

Rafael Nadal from Spain serves against Daniil Medvedev from Russian Federation (not pictured) during the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at Stade IGA.

Saturday also marked the first time in the 30-year-old history of the Masters 1000 Series that two Russians had competed in a semifinal.

There were a lot of questions this week about when the current crop of young players would overtake the big three of Nadal, Federer and current No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

"I lost 6-2, things went quick", he said.

Ranked right behind Khachanov at No. 9 coming into Montreal, Medvedev broke his opponent for a third time to go up 2-1 in the second set.

Rafael Nadal celebrates victory at the Rogers Cup.

Nadal, who converted four of his eight break chances, had advanced to the final with a walkover in the semifinals when Frenchman Gael Monfils withdrew.

Russian Khachanov had a breakthrough 2018 and was branded as one of the players to watch out for among the upcoming next generation, after winning his first ATP 1000 Masters in Paris.

"It was my best match of the week without a doubt", said 33-year-old Nadal. "I showed today that I'm still a fighter". "If (Monfils) had played his match (Friday) evening, he wouldn't have needed to do this marathon".

The match is scheduled from 3 pm local time (8 pm August 10 BST) and you can find the Daniil Medvedev v Karen Khachanov live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here. "I need to do better next time".

Although he will head to Flushing Meadows with just one hard-court warm-up event under his belt, he will be full of confidence after his fifth Canadian title and his third ATP Tour title of the year.

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

Medvedev will be playing Nadal for the first time.

Edmund lost to a red-hot Medvedev in the second round, but not before knocking out Washington champion Nick Kyrgios, complete with a pick-up drop-shot victor. I haven't played many matches in the past 18 months, really. "I've had many, many tough matches, (but) I kept telling myself, 'Never give up.' I tried to look at it all as a challenge and not a setback". What he offered in the final was as good as anything we've seen from him this year.

Spain's Marcel Granollers and Argentina's Horacio Zeballos won the doubles title in their first event together.

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