Nadal downs Wawrinka, Djokovic Stunned

Rafa Nadal stormed into the quarterfinals of the Toronto Masters with a 7-5, 7-6 (7/4) defeat of Stanislas Wawrinka Thursday.

A 45-minute rain interruption did little to stop the progress of the world no 1 on a long day at the Rogers Cup.

The break 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.

The second set was a battle as the recuperating Swiss, a three-time Grand Slam champion, fought back from an early break down, took a 2-1 lead, with the pair again trading breaks in the fifth and tenth games.

Nadal came from a mini-break down in the tiebreaker and secured victory on his second match point.

“It was a good match, a very positive victory for me over a tough opponent,” Nadal said.

“I’m happy to see Stan playing well again. We had a good quality of tennis.

“I’m very pleased, I needed a match like this. It does much for the confidence.”

Second seed Alexander Zverev, the holder, lined up a re-run of last week’s Washington semifinal as he again takes on Stefanos Tsitsipas after the 20-year-old Greek knocked out Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals.

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