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Tennis Nadal to meet Medvedev for Montreal title after Monfils ankle injury

Gael Monfils of France celebrates his victory over Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain during day 9 of the Rogers Cup at IGA Stadium on August 10, 2019 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

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Rafa Nadal will play Russia’s Daniil Medvedev for the Rogers Cup title in Montreal on Sunday after injured Frenchman Gael Monfils withdrew from his semi-final match with the Spanish top seed on Saturday.

Medvedev topped Karen Khachanov in an all-Russian semi-final before Monfils announced he was no shape to face Nadal a couple of hours after injuring his left ankle in a quarter-final win over Roberto Bautista Agut.

Eighth seed Medvedev prevailed 6-1 7-6(6) over Khachanov in a victory that will make him Russia’s top-ranked player on Monday but felt he should have finished his rival off earlier.

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“I played amazing, but there were two moments in the match I should have won easier,” the 23-year-old Medvedev told ATP Tennis Radio.

“I was confident about myself and then there were some mistakes I should not have done. Finally, (I let Khachanov) back in the match.”

Medvedev was upset at letting a break advantage slip away on two occasions in the second set, including at 5-4 as he tried to serve out the match.

He also was unhappy that after he led the tie-break 2-1, Khachanov scored four consecutive points.

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.

Frenchman Monfils also needed to win a tie-break to defeat Bautista Agut in the third set of their rain-delayed quarter-final match.

Monfils won out 6-4 3-6 7-6(2) in a match that took two days to complete because of rain but the ankle injury was clearly hampering him and he withdrew from the tournament two hours later.

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The ankle started bothering Monfils in the second set, but after a visit by a physio he elected to continue.

Bautista Agut won the set comfortably and the third went to a tie break which Monfils led 5-0 before sealing victory with a huge forehand winner after more than two hours.

Monfils said he was proud of the way he played on against Bautista Agut.

“I think I showed today I was a fighter,” he said.

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