Rafael Nadal pulls out of Cincinnati after winning Rogers Cup

Florence Fletcher
August 14, 2019

"I just tried to be there, to be focused and to calm down a little bit the match because things were going too quick".

"He didn't play his best, of course", Khachanov said. "Maybe it was a safest decision not to play tonight".

But Medvedev, who has not lost a set in the tournament, fought back to tie at 4-4 and after two more ties won the final two points and the match. World number two Nadal was the only major seed to survive a quarter-final cull after defeats for Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev.

"It's different. there is some extra pressure".

However, trailing 6-5 in the final set and serving to stay in the match, Lajovic's own serve failed him at the worst possible time as Isner, a finalist here in 2013, sealed the win to reach the second round.

Nadal, who was playing his first tournament since Wimbledon, said it was important to get a good start. Now I hope is not that bad. All week they've been telling me how attractive it was. I hardly played before then, either.

The Frenchman was forced to play a quarterfinal delayed more than 18 hours by inclement weather against Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut on Saturday afternoon.

He made four double faults and hit a backhand long on Nadal's first match point. It took Nadal just 70 minutes to win 6-3, 6-0. I take a day off.

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NOTE: Please be aware that you will need an active Bet365 account to watch a Rafa Nadal vs Daniil Medvedev live stream. A four-time victor on tour, Sunday marked his fifth final of the year, including last weekend's loss to Nick Kygrios in Washington.

"If we had a roof, this doesn't happen", Lapierre said.

Medvedev, World No. 8, had no trouble with Khachanov in the first set, cruising in just 23 minutes.

The second set was all Nadal, breaking Medvedev's serve three times. But Khachanov broke right back and led 3-2 at the changeover.

"He came in playing so well, playing a lot of matches the last weeks", Nadal added of Medvedev, who was runner-up to Nick Kyrgios in Washington last week. "On the other side, I played a good match tactically". "It's going to be a big battle".

In the final of the Women's Tennis Association Premier 5 event in Toronto, American great Serena Williams retired with a back injury to gift the title to home favourite Bianca Andreescu.

Fans braving the rainy conditions in Montreal watched part of the Canadian teenager's victory over Sofia Kenin of the United States in the semis on the big screens at IGA Stadium.

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