ATP Rogers Cup: Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic to meet in Montreal semi-finals
Last Updated: 11/08/13 7:17am
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic: To meet in Montreal semi-finals
Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will meet for the 36th time after easy victories in the quarter-finals of the Montreal Masters.
Top seed Djokovic crushed Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-1 6-3 and Nadal was equally ruthless in his 6-4 6-2 win over Australian qualifier Marinko Matosevic.
Nadal leads the Serbian 20-15 in their career series and goes into what should be a mouth-watering clash on the back of winning their last two encounters - he had lost the previous seven.
He needed an hour-and-a-half to beat Matosevic and admitted afterwards he is pleasantly surprised by his form after seven weeks off with more trouble with his left knee.
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"I'm happy with the way it feels and also having a chance to play after such a long pause," he said. "To be in a semi-final on fast hardcourt now is amazing for me. I'm enjoying every moment.
"I need to try my best and play my best tennis if I am to have a chance against Novak. The court is fast and that will favour him, but I am glad to be in the semi-finals."
Djokovic, a three-time Montreal champion, continued his domination of Gasquet with an eighth win in nine meetings that took barely an hour.
"Everything was working in my game," the world No 1 said. "It was close to perfection. In every part of my game I did almost my best.
"From the start I tried to dictate play and be in control of the rallies. I've done really well. The serve was very efficient, very high percentage of first serves, a lot of aces and a lot of free points.
"That's something that obviously gives you confidence when you're playing at this level."