TORONTO, Aug 10: 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 (7/4) 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.
The second set was a battle as the 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.�
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 semifinal 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 (5/7), 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals.
Zverev rolled over Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-2 in 52 minutes while never facing a break point.
Tsitsipas called his knockout of Djokovic, �the best match of my career. I knew I was playing pretty good today.�
The number 27 will play the first Masters 1000 quarterfinal of his career.
�He played very well and deserved to win without a doubt,� Djokovic said. �I just played not that great.
�I didn�t return well. It wasn�t that great of a match.�
Bulgarian fifth seed Grigor Dimitrov laboured for almost two and a half hours to subdue Frances Tiafoe of the United States 7-6 (7/1), 3-6, 7-6 (7/4).
He next faces Wimbledon runner-up and fourth seed Kevin Anderson who defeated Ilya Ivashka of Belarus 7-5, 6-3 to also make the last-eight. � AFP