Rafael Nadal set a record on his way to the Rogers Cup quarter-finals, while Alexander Zverev battled through on Thursday.

Nadal, the defending champion, surpassed Roger Federer for most ATP Masters 1000 wins after brushing past Guido Pella in Montreal.

Zverev, the winner in 2017, was pushed to a final-set tie-break before edging past Nikoloz Basilashvili.

All eight quarter-finalists are seeds, who dominated to move into the last eight.

 

NADAL SURPASSES FEDERER WITH PELLA POUNDING

Top seed Nadal made it four wins from as many meetings with Pella thanks to a 6-3 6-4 victory.

The win was his 379th at ATP Masters 1000 level, moving past Federer's tally of 378.

Nadal will next face Fabio Fognini after the seventh seed got past Adrian Mannarino 6-2 7-5.

The Spanish great has been troubled by Fognini in the past, losing to the Italian in Monte Carlo earlier this year.

ZVEREV SURVIVES MAJOR TEST

Zverev, the third seed, was pushed by Basilashvili, fighting his way to a 7-5 5-7 7-6 (7-5) victory.

The German served 15 aces and 14 double faults but also created 18 break points, converting five.

Basilashvili edged Zverev in a final-set tie-break in Hamburg last month.

Zverev faces another test in the last eight, with Karen Khachanov awaiting after the Russian sixth seed overcame Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-7 (7-9) 7-5 6-3.

TREMENDOUS THIEM POWERS THROUGH

Second seed Dominic Thiem booked his spot in the quarter-finals courtesy of a 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 victory over Croatian Marin Cilic.

Thiem will face Daniil Medvedev, the Russian eighth seed having cruised past Cristian Garin 6-3 6-3.

Gael Monfils and Roberto Bautista Agut will also meet after wins over Hubert Hurkacz and Richard Gasquet respectively.

Top seed and defending champion Rafael Nadal dug deep to make a winning start at the Rogers Cup, while Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas suffered a shock defeat in Montreal.

Nadal – a four-time winner of the ATP Masters 1000 tournament – shook off rust to overcome Dan Evans in straight sets on Wednesday.

The outcome was not as good for fourth seed and last year's runner-up Tsitsipas, who was stunned by Hubert Hurkacz.

Tsitsipas was not the only seed to fall, with Kei Nishikori, Borna Coric, John Isner and Milos Raonic also departing.

 

NADAL ON TRACK FOR RECORD-EXTENDING MASTERS TITLE

World number two Nadal survived to beat Brit Evans 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 en route to the round of 16.

Nadal trailed 5-2 in the first-set tie-break but won six of the final seven points to take control and eventually the match.

Contesting his first match since losing to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon semi-finals, Nadal claimed his 35th Rogers Cup victory and 378th Masters win – tying the Swiss superstar on the all-time leaderboard.

Nadal, who has won a record 34 Masters crowns, will face Guido Pella for a spot in the quarter-finals after the Argentinian beat Radu Albot 6-3 2-6 7-6 (7-2).

 

TSITSIPAS OUSTED, CANADIAN PAIR FOLLOW

This time last year Tsitsipas reached the final, however, the 2018 runner-up was a surprise casualty on Wednesday following a 6-4 3-6 6-3 loss to Hurkacz.

Hurkacz saved nine of 10 break points against the world number five, who failed to convert any of his four chances in the third set.

Canadian duo Denis Shapovalov and Raonic, meanwhile, were sent packing.

Shapovalov was beaten 6-4 3-6 6-3 by second seed Dominic Thiem and Raonic retired due to a back injury, with countryman Felix Auger-Aliassime benefiting after the match was even at 6-3 3-6.

Thiem will meet 14th seed Marin Cilic, while sixth seed Karen Khachanov awaits Auger-Aliassime after topping Stan Wawrinka.

 

MURRAY'S DOUBLES CAMPAIGN ENDS

Andy Murray and Feliciano Lopez said goodbye in Montreal, upstaged by Roland Garros finalists Jeremy Chardy and Fabrice Martin.

A five-match winning streak was ended following a 2-6 6-3 10-8 loss in the second round of the tournament.

Dominic Thiem claimed his first title in his homeland of Austria with a straight-sets win over Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the Generali Open final.

Thiem crashed out in the first round of Wimbledon last month and could only reach the quarter-finals back on the clay at the German Tennis Championships last week.

However, he has rediscovered his best form on his most successful surface, not dropping a set on the red dirt en route to the final.

And he was similarly dominant in Saturday's showpiece, giving the fans in Kitzbuhel a home champion with a 7-6 (7-0) 6-1 victory over Ramos-Vinolas.

It marks the 10th clay title of his career and atones for the disappointment of losing in this same tournament in his first career final against David Goffin back in 2014.

Thiem saved five break points to hold in the fourth game of the opening set but was never threatened again, dominating the tie-break after two interruptions due to rain.

Ramos-Vinolas faded badly thereafter, Thiem wrapping up the second set in short order to ensure he will head to the North American hard courts with a third title of 2019 in the bag.

Dominic Thiem's bid for a first Generali Open title continued with a semi-final victory on Friday, but the tricky Albert Ramos-Vinolas lies ahead.

World number four Thiem is chasing a breakthrough victory in home territory and proved too strong for Lorenzo Sonego, the only other seeded player in the last four, as he won 6-3 7-6 (8-6).

The Austrian stayed patient in the opener before piling on the pressure after holding for 4-3, taking the second break point of the match.

Sonego broke to lead 2-0 in the second set but could not hold on and bowed to Thiem in a tie-break.

Victory against Ramos-Vinolas is no foregone conclusion, though, with the Spaniard flying high heading into the weekend.

Ramos-Vinolas triumphed in Gstaad last week, knocking out three seeded compatriots along the way, and his semi-final triumph in Kitzbuhel on Friday made it nine consecutive ATP Tour victories.

The 31-year-old was too strong for Casper Ruud despite trailing 5-2 in the opening set, recovering to advance 7-5 6-4.

"I changed my tactics, I stepped in a little bit more," Ramos-Vinolas said. "With the forehand, I changed a little more down the line, also with the return, a little bit closer to the lines."

Dominic Thiem edged towards a maiden Generali Open title as the world number four progressed into the semi-finals by beating Pablo Andujar.

The top seed is aiming to win his home tournament for the first time and, although his match with Andujar lasted close to two hours, Thiem came out on top 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 on Thursday.

Thiem, a beaten finalist at Roland Garros earlier this year but a winner in Barcelona and at Indian Wells, excelled on the second serve and broke four times to overcome the Spaniard.

Lorenzo Sonego, who beat third seed Fernando Verdasco 6-4 6-4, awaits Thiem in the final four.

Joining Thiem and Sonego is 20-year-old Norwegian Casper Ruud, who continued his fine run with an impressive 6-3 7-6 (7-4) victory over Pablo Cuevas to reach his third ATP Tour semi-final of 2019.

Jeremy Chardy beat second seed Dusan Lajovic in the round of 16, but the Frenchman could not follow that win up against Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who triumphed 6-3 6-4 to set up a semi against Ruud.

Dominic Thiem had little trouble progressing into the quarter-finals of the Generali Open but second seed Dusan Lajovic bowed out on Wednesday.

With the top two seeds handed byes into the second round, French Open finalist Thiem made light work of wildcard Sebastian Ofner 6-3 6-2.

World number 26 Lajovic had no such luck against Jeremy Chardy, however, with the Frenchman coming out on top 3-6 6-4 6-3.

Chardy won 82 per cent of points behind his first serve and came from a break down in the third set to triumph.

Third seed Fernando Verdasco, who will face Lorenzo Sonego in the last eight, beat Jozef Kovalik 6-4 7-6 (9-7), while Pablo Cuevas surrendered the first set but rallied to overcome wildcard Dennis Novak.

Youngster Casper Ruud followed up an impressive performance against Pablo Carreno Busta on Tuesday with a straight-sets triumph over Matthias Bachinger.

Going up against Thiem in the quarters will be Pablo Andujar, who bettered Kitzbuhel resident and two-time champion Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4 6-4.

Albert Ramos-Vinolas eased past compatriot Jaume Munar in Wednesday's other match.

Marton Fucsovics was among three seeded players to exit the Generali Open in the first round as he went down to Albert Ramos-Vinolas in three sets.

Fifth seed Fucsovics squandered a one-set lead to lose 6-7 (6-8) 6-4 6-4 to Ramos-Vinolas on Tuesday in a match that lasted over three hours.

Ramos-Vinolas won his first title of the season in Gstaad last weekend and will face compatriot Jaume Munar, who beat Thomas Fabbiano 7-6 (9-7) 1-6 6-1, in round two.

There were also wins for Jozef Kovalik and Austrian wildcard Sebastian Ofner, who will face top seed and 2019 French Open runner-up Dominic Thiem next.

Leonardo Mayer and Pablo Carreno Busta – seeded sixth and eighth respectively – followed Fucsovics in bowing out.

Hamburg Open semi-finalist Carreno Busta came unstuck 6-1 3-6 6-1 against Norwegian youngster Casper Ruud, while Mayer went down 3-6 6-3 6-2 to Pablo Andujar.

Kitzbuhel resident Philipp Kohlschreiber – who won the Generali Open in 2015 and 2017 – ended a five-match losing streak by overcoming Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-2.

Alexander Zverev stormed back to beat Filip Krajinovic and reach the German Tennis Championships semi-finals after splitting with coach Ivan Lendl, while Andrey Rublev claimed the scalp of Dominic Thiem.

Zverev and Lendl have parted ways less than a year after starting their collaboration ahead of the US Open.

The German could start the post-Lendl era with a second ATP Tour singles title of the season, having come from a set and a break down to beat Krajinovic 2-6 7-5 6-2 in his homeland on Friday.

Krajinovic served for the match at 5-3 up in the second set, but Zverev showed great resistance to pull himself off the ropes, winning four games in a row to level the match before largely dominating the decider.

Second seed Zverev will take on defending champion Nikoloz Basilashvili in the last four after the fourth seed beat Jeremy Chardy 6-2 6-3 in Hamburg.

Former World No. 1 Ivan Lendl and Alexander Zverev have parted company after a partnership that included a run to the 2018 #NittoATPFinals. #ATP

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Top seed Thiem's titles hopes were ended with a 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-5) loss to 21-year-old Russian Rublev, who will face Pablo Carreno Busta - a 3-6 6-2 7-6 (7-4) conqueror of Fabio Fognini.

Carreno Busta's fellow Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut was knocked out of the Swiss Open Gstaad by Joao Sousa, a 4-6 6-3 7-5 quarter-final winner.

Pablo Andujar and Albert Ramos Vinolas continue to fly the flag for Spain in Switzerland, though, and will meet at the semi-final stage following defeats of Dusan Lajovic and Roberto Carballes Baena respectively.

Dominic Thiem boosted his hopes of a third ATP title in 2019 as he swept through to the German Tennis Championships quarter-finals in Hamburg.

The Austrian top seed, who has won tournaments in Indian Wells and Barcelona this year, saw off Marton Fucsovics 7-5 6-1 to set up a quarter-final clash on Friday with Andrey Rublev.

Rublev was a 3-6 7-5 6-3 winner against Casper Ruud, while Georgian fourth seed Nikoloz Basilashvili fought his way past Juan Ignacio Londero with a 6-4 3-6 6-3 victory.

Basilashvili, the defending champion, faces Jeremy Chardy next following the Frenchman's 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 victory over compatriot Richard Gasquet.

At the Swiss Open in Gstaad on Wednesday, second seed Fernando Verdasco lost 6-4 7-6 (7-4) to fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas to bow out in round two.

Another Spanish player awaits Ramos-Vinolas in the quarter-finals after sixth seed Roberto Carballes Baena cruised to a 6-2 6-4 win against Stefano Travaglia.

Thomas Fabbiano and Cedrik-Marcel Stebe will also go head to head in the last eight.

Fabbiano saw off fourth seed Lorenzo Sonego 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-1 in an all-Italian encounter, while Stebe was a 7-6 (7-3) 4-6 6-3 victor against Jiri Vesely.

Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev each bounced back from first-round exits at Wimbledon with victories at the German Tennis Championships on Tuesday.

Thiem and Zvervev lost to Sam Querrey and Jiri Vesely respectively at SW19 but rediscovered their form on the clay in Hamburg.

French Open finalist Thiem racked up the 250th ATP match win of his career by seeing off Pablo Cuevas 6-3 7-6 (7-3), while Zverev got the better of Swedish Open champion Nicolas Jarry.

Jarry's win in Bastad marked his first career ATP singles title, having lost to Zverev in the final of the Geneva Open in May, but he could not avoid a repeat of the result from two months ago as the German prevailed 6-4 6-2.

Next up for Zverev is Federico Delbonis, who lost to Jarry in the semi-finals last week but came from a set down to see off Marco Cecchinato in two hours and 36 minutes in his first-round encounter.

Third seed Fabio Fognini beat qualifier Julian Lenz, fourth seed Nikoloz Basilashvili was a straight-sets winner over Hugo Dellien and seventh seed Jan-Lennard Struff defeated Thiago Monteiro, but sixth seed Laslo Djere lost to Filip Krajinovic in two sets.

There were also wins for Richard Gasquet, Casper Ruud, Pablo Carreno Busta and Bastad finalist Juan Ignacio Londero.

Joao Sousa claimed a 6-4 6-4 win over Steve Darcis at the Swiss Open Gstaad, where Denis Istomin, Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Jaume Munar, Taro Daniel and Gian Marco Moroni were also victorious.

 

Rafael Nadal set up an eagerly-awaited Wimbledon showdown with Nick Kyrgios and Roger Federer recovered from a shaky start to reach the second round, but Sam Querrey knocked Dominic Thiem out on day two.

Nadal was labelled "super salty" by Kyrgios before the Spaniard peppered his opponents at the French Open, winning the title for a 12th time at Roland Garros last month.

Third seed Nadal eased to a 6-3 6-1 6-3 victory over Yuichi Sugita on No.1 Court on Tuesday and will now face controversial Australian Kyrgios, who got past compatriot Jordan Thompson in five sets.

Eight-time champion Federer came from a set down to defeat Lloyd Harris 3-6 6-1 6-2 6-2 on Centre Court, while Querrey shocked French Open runner-up Thiem.

Bernard Tomic denied 'tanking' after he was dispatched 6-2 6-1 6-4 by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in only 58 minutes - the shortest men's singles match at the All England Club since 2004.

 

 

KYRGIOS READY TO 'HAVE SOME FUN' AGAINST NADAL

Kyrgios was bagelled in the fourth set by Thompson before winning the final set 6-1 in a typically unpredictable performance.

Nadal and Kyrgios have beaten each other three times in their six encounters and the world number 43 is relishing their next battle at SW19, where he came out on top in their first meeting five years ago.

"I have to come with the right attitude, I have to be willing to fight. If not, it's going to be butter for him. He's one of the best tennis players," said Kyrgios.

"I'm not going to think about it. I need to rest, recover, I have a day out, then I want to go out there and have some fun."

 

MY LEGS WEREN'T MOVING - NO EXPRESS START FROM FED

Second seed Federer was not at his imperious best in his opening match of the tournament, dropping the first set to the 86-ranked South African Harris.

Normal service was resumed as the 20-time grand slam champion got into the groove, hitting 42 winners and breaking six times to book a meeting with British outsider Jay Clarke.

"I didn't feel necessarily nervous at all during the day before. I think once I got going, just legs weren't moving and things were not happening," Federer said.

 

THIEM RUES LACK OF TIME

In consecutive seasons, Thiem has reached the French Open final and then lost his first match at Wimbledon, this time to Querrey 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-1) 6-3 6-0.

And the world number four acknowledged he suffered from a lack of time on grass.

"There's still things which are not easy," the Austrian said. "Last year and this year together, I played four grass-court matches, which is not a lot at all. And the clay-court season takes a lot out of me.

"I gave everything I had physically and also mentally in the six weeks up to the end of the French Open. Then I had to take the decision to come here without any preparation."

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