Two singles matches in one day against members of the world elite are one too many.
Forced to play a marathon quarterfinal on Saturday afternoon, Gaël Monfils had nothing left in the tank for his evening semifinal against Rafael Nadal. Suffering from an ankle injury, he withdrew from the event and sent the King of Clay straight to the final.
Nadal now faces Daniil Medvedev of Russia, who overpowered Dominic Thiem and Karen Khachanov and has yet to drop a set in the tournament. A finalist in Washington last week, he is fearless on the hard courts and ready to conquer anyone, including Rafa.
As for the World No.2 and four-time Rogers Cup presented by National Bank champion, he has his eye on a 35th Masters 1000 winner’s trophy and doesn’t intend to leave here without one.
Medvedev has mastered the art of neutralizing his opponents’ power and being transcendent at the net, especially with his unattainable backhand volleys, but can he outplay the crafty left-hander? With both players at the top of their games, tomorrow’s match promises to be sensational!