Toronto: A 45-minute rain interruption did little to stop the progress of Rafael Nadal at the Toronto Masters as he defeated Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 7-6(4) to reach the quarterfinals. The halt in proceedings came 63 minutes into the opening set, after Wawrinka saved a Nadal set point for 5-all, with the Spaniard then holding serve for 6-5. When the weather passed, the pair returned, with Nadal wrapping up the set on his second chance. Nadal’s win was his 17th from 20 played against Wawrinka.
Second seed Alexander Zverev, the holder, lined up a re-run of last week’s Washington semi-final as he again takes on Stefanos Tsitsipas. The Greek, who turns 20 on Sunday, knocked out his second seed in as many matches, stunning Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals. Zverev rolled over Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-2 in 52 minutes.
Halep destroys Venus
World number one Simona Halep crushed seven time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams in straight sets at the WTA Montreal event just hours after a delivering a marathon three-hour win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Top seed Halep took no prisoners against Williams, blitzing the American 6-2, 6-2 to reach quarters.
(With inputs from agencies)