On Saturday afternoon at Rogers Cup presented by National Bank, World No.20 Gaël Monfils battled his way into the evening semifinal against Rafael Nadal.
He drove out tenth seed Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain in three sets (6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (4)) and nearly two-and-a-half hours of intense combat.
The match, which barely got underway before the rain came down on Friday night, was delayed until Saturday. Then, again today, the players had to wait another three hours after the morning’s downpour.
Monfils posted his fourth win in five meetings with Bautista Agut and avenged his loss to him in Montréal in 2017.
The Frenchman was lucky to escape unscathed. Barring the aces he earned (6 versus 2), Bautista Agut dominated on serve in terms of both first- and second-serve percentages and was the better returner. Still, Monfils was able to capitalize on his chances. The players each broke twice. Bautista Agut racked up 106 points versus 101 for Monfils.