Photo: Djokovic vs Nadal
Spain’s Rafael Nadal, the No. 4 seed, beat Serbian world No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2) in the semifinals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
“You always dream of matches like the one I played against the world No. 1,” Nadal said after Saturday night’s match.
The 27-year-old Spaniard’s win set up a showdown in Sunday’s final with Canada’s Milos Raonic, the 11th seed, who beat countryman Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (7-4) in the other semifinal match.
“I said before the match that the only chance of winning against Novak, the only possible tactic was to play very well. And to play really well I had to be very aggressive. If it’s not that way, I can’t play very well on this type of surface,” Nadal said.
Nadal and Raonic have played three times, with the Spaniard winning each time.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen against Milos Raonic, but whoever plays better will have more chances to take the victory. The only thing I can say is that I will try to play the best I can and if he wins, I will congratulate him, and I will be happy about the great week I’ve had in Montreal and the high level of my play,” Nadal said.
The Rogers Cup is one of the biggest hard-court events on the ATP calendar and a key tune-up for the U.S. Open, which gets underway later this month.