Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer both suffered quarter-final exits at the Shanghai Masters on Friday, guaranteeing a first-time winner of the tournament this year. 

The top two seeds were widely expected to contest the final but succumbed to Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev respectively.

Daniil Medvedev and Matteo Berrettini also secured their progress to settle the semi-final line-up in China.

And there was an added bonus for Tsitsipas as he claimed a spot at the ATP Finals. 

DJOKOVIC DOWNED BY TSITSIPAS' 'BEST COMEBACK'

Tsitsipas recovered from a set down to beat reigning champion Djokovic 3-6 7-5 6-3 and labelled it his "best comeback".

The Greek will now face Medvedev in the last four, having earned an end-of-season Finals spot courtesy of the Russian's 6-3 7-6 (7-4) win over Fabio Fognini.

"It's the best comeback that I have ever had, probably," said Tsitsipas.

"I would say also [the] Federer comeback in the Australian Open wasn't easy. I lost the first set against one of the best tennis players in the world and managed to win three consecutive sets after that.

"Same today, but with less sets, two sets, which was quite difficult for me to pull out. It was a very difficult victory mentally, too.

"I wasn't really thinking that long term that I have to win two sets. It just went step by step. It happened."

FRUSTRATED FEDERER FALLS TO ZVEREV

Federer is usually a picture of calm on the tennis court, but he was evidently ruffled in his 6-3 6-7 (7-9) 6-3 loss to Zverev.

The Swiss, who rescued five match points to win a remarkable second set, was docked a point in the fourth game of the decider after hitting the ball into the crowd in anger.

His frustration may have stemmed from an inability to find his rhythm against an inspired Zverev, who was 40-0 up when serving for the match in the second set.

Having seemingly thrown his chances away, Zverev dug deep and broke Federer at the first opportunity in the final set to claim an advantage he refused to surrender. 

Berrettini awaits, the Italian having overcome Dominic Thiem 7-6 (10-8) 6-4.

Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer face tricky quarter-final matches at the Shanghai Masters on Friday after the star pair battled through to the last eight.

World number one and defending champion Djokovic defeated John Isner 7-5 6-3, while second seed Federer got the better of David Goffin, earning a 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 success.

Djokovic goes on to tackle Stefanos Tsitsipas, who overcame a significant scare as he beat Hubert Hurkacz 7-5 3-6 7-6 (7-5), with Alexander Zverev up next for Federer.

German Zverev threatened to blow Andrey Rublev away after a first-set rout, but he was then made to work hard to come through 6-0 7-6 (7-4).

Daniil Medvedev, the third seed, and Dominic Thiem, the fourth seed, both won in straight sets, seeing off Vasek Pospisil and Nikoloz Basilashvili respectively.


DJOKOVIC SERVES UP A TREAT

The top seed was speaking of the threat of Isner's famous serve from the moment their last-16 clash was booked and continued to do so after his win.

But Djokovic also managed to execute his own serve as effectively as he had hoped, complementing his typically excellent defensive game to get through.

"I managed to kind of read his serve and find a good position on the return - at the end of the first set and also the beginning of the second," the Serbian said.

"I won five games in a row and that was the key - obviously having a break each set, and then I held my serve. I thought it was one of the best serving matches I've had lately."


FEDERER FLUSTERED BUT THROUGH

If Djokovic performed better than he might have expected, Federer was a little taken aback by the level of opponent Goffin, whom he thrashed in straight sets for the loss of just four games at the US Open.

"I never really felt like I had the upper hand over David today," Federer said. "I thought he did a really good job. He was so much better than at the US Open."


STILL TWO MINOR UPSETS

The top eight seeds would have made up the quarter-final line-up if not for wins by Italians Fabio Fognini and Matteo Berrettini.

Fognini, the Monte Carlo champion who made headlines for a spat with Andy Murray earlier in the week, defeated Russian Karen Khachanov 6-3 7-5.

Berrettini, who lost to Murray last week, a month on from reaching the US Open semi-finals, got the better of Roberto Bautista Agut, tying up a 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 victory.

Fognini faces Medvedev next, with Berrettini up against Thiem.

Novak Djokovic overcame Denis Shapovalov to book a Shanghai Masters last-16 spot as he made an impressive start to his defence of the title.

The Serbian wrapped up a 6-3 6-3 victory as he bids for a fifth trophy success at the event, where he will face John Isner next.

Isner, seeded 16th, beat Lucas Pouille 7-5 6-3, while Dominic Thiem also progressed to the next round courtesy of a 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 victory over Pablo Carreno Busta.

That was the final match on court and rounded off a day in which all 10 clashes were decided in two sets.

DOMINANT DJOKOVIC SOUNDS WARNING TO RIVALS

Shapovalov played well but could not keep pace with his illustrious rival across the net, Djokovic dropping only one point on serve in the first set.

No man has won more titles at this event than Djokovic and, on this evidence, he will be adding to his tally.

Djokovic was deadly accurate and coasted through his service games, dictating rallies and offering almost no hope to his Canadian opponent.

Even when Shapovalov upped his game on serve, Djokovic produced a string of superb returns to maintain the ascendancy.

In the other half of the draw, fourth seed Thiem battled past Carreno Busta as the Austrian advanced his claims for a second Masters win of 2019, having won at Indian Wells. 

The Austrian saved three set points in the opener and took control of the tie-break before settling matters in a more comfortable second set. 

TSITSIPAS, ZVEREV AVOID TIE-BREAK TROUBLE

A straight-sets win may always seem simple on paper, but Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alexander Zverev were both made to work hard for their victories.

The pair were each taken to consecutive tie-breaks, the Greek defeating Felix Auger-Aliassime 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-3), while Zverev was pushed further still in a 7-6 (15-13) 7-6 (7-3) success against Jeremy Chardy.

Sixth seed Tsitsipas, who has won in Estoril and Marseille this year, will be favourite to overcome Hubert Hurkacz for a spot in the quarter-finals.

Zverev, seeded one place higher than Tsitsipas, faces Andrey Rublev as the German goes in search of a fourth Masters title.

 

SEEDS SAIL THROUGH 

Four other seeded players enjoyed straight-sets wins, with Karen Khachanov, Roberto Bautista Agut, Matteo Berrettini and David Goffin securing their progress.

Khachanov beat Taylor Fritz 6-2 6-4, Bautista Agut – runner up in 2016 – defeated Reilly Opelka 6-4 7-5 and Berrettini was a 6-3 6-3 winner over Christian Garin.

Goffin was 6-2 3-0 up against Mikhail Kukushkin when the Kazakhstani retired hurt.

Dominic Thiem came from behind to beat Stefanos Tsitsipas 3-6 6-4 6-1 to secure China Open glory and his fourth title of the year.

Thiem took advantage of a sloppy Tsitsipas start in Beijing to break to love in the opening game but the Greek respondedf immediately to get back on serve.

Tsitsipas, playing in his first final since May, was able to get on the front foot thereafter, breaking to go 5-3 up by taking advantage of unforced errors from top seed Thiem.

A cute volley gave Tsitsipas set point and his terrific wide serve allowed the 21-year-old to power home, then a smash volley saw him break at the start of the second.

But again the reply came swiftly from the world number five, this time Thiem profiting on misplaced Tsitsipas shots to get back on track at 2-2.

Tsitsipas had two chances to secure a second straight break but Thiem battled back and forced the third seed to save three break points to make it 4-4 and add to the Austrian's growing frustration.

Consecutive forehand passes from Tsitsipas created another break point, Thiem able to claw his way back to hold serve - that success giving him a timely confidence boost.

A stunning forehand set up three break points for Thiem and he seized upon the last of them to take the final to a decider, a cross-court passing shot beating Tsitsipas with the aid of the net cord.

Again Tsitsipas collapsed to 0-40 in his first service game of the third and, although he reeled off four straight points to recover, he then pushed a volley wide to hand Thiem the break.

Thiem's relentless energy was causing Tsitsipas problems and the two-time French Open finalist soon secured a double break to move 4-0 up, a position of strength he would not let slip to complete a fine week in which he also qualified for the ATP Finals.

"I think this was one of the best matches I've played in my whole career," Thiem said at the post-match presentation after sealing his first triumph in Asia. 

"He played amazing and I hope we have lots more finals in the biggest tournaments. Last year we had a great rivalry so I hope this continues."

Dominic Thiem will face a resurgent Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final of the China Open after coming from a set down to beat Karen Khachanov and qualify for the ATP Finals.

Thiem joined Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Daniil Medvedev in qualifying for the season-ending tournament in London with a 2-6 7-6 (7-5) 7-5 victory in Beijing on Saturday.

Top seed Thiem overcame an early barrage from Khachanov to keep himself in contention for a fourth title of the season

The Austrian had been broken just once in the tournament before the semi-final stage but lost the first set after failing to hold on three occasions.

Thiem showed his fighting spirit to turn it around, though, coming from 5-3 down in the second set to force a decider and recovering from an early break in the third to progress.

Alexander Zverev lost his cool as he was consigned to a 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 defeat to Tsitsipas in the second semi-final.

The German smashed his racket after failing to serve out the opening set with a 5-3 lead and saw three set points come and go in the tie-break, with Tsitsipas winning five points in a row to go a set up.

A composed Tsitsipas powered into a 5-1 lead with two breaks in the second set and although Zverev won three games on the spin and saved five match points, he was unable to deny the Greek a straight-sets victory.

Tsitsipas has endured a torrid run of form but will play in his first final since May on Sunday.

Andy Murray's hopes of making the China Open his first singles title since career-saving hip surgery are over after the Brit was swept aside 6-2 7-6 (7-3) in the quarter-finals by top seed Dominic Thiem.

Murray was featuring in his first last-eight match on the singles circuit this year and held his own for periods, but early breaks in both sets proved vital for Thiem.

The 26-year-old world number five broke Murray's serve in the very first game and generally looked untroubled when claiming the first set 6-2.

Thiem struck on his opponent's serve in the first game of the second set as well, but Murray showed spirit to fight back, breaking Thiem to level at 5-5.

But Murray's lack of consistency cost him in the tie-break, with Thiem completing victory to set up a semi-final against Karen Khachanov, who came through 3-6 6-3 6-1 against Fabio Fognini.

The other semi will be contested between Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas after they overcame American duo Sam Querrey and John Isner, respectively.

Second seed Zverev hammered Felix Auger-Aliassime on Thursday and, although Querrey put up a bit more of a fight, the German still progressed in straight sets, winning 7-6 (7-3) 6-2.

Tsitsipas was similarly commanding against the big-serving Isner, who had won the previous two contests including at Wimbledon 2018.

Neither broke serve in the first set, forcing a tie-break in which Tsitsipas prevailed, but the 21-year-old took charge in the second and ran out 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 victor.

Andy Murray reached his first ATP Tour singles quarter-final for a year at the expense of Cameron Norrie and will face Dominic Thiem in the China Open.

Murray consigned recent US Open semi-finalist Matteo Berrettini to a first-round defeat in Beijing and battled his way past fellow British player Norrie 7-6 (8-6) 6-7 (4-7) 6-1 on day three.

The former world number one needed eight minutes short of three hours to win through, securing back-to-back tour-level singles successes for the first time since undergoing hip resurfacing in January.

Murray, winner of this tournament three years ago, said he felt the effects of playing two matches in as many days and welcomed the opportunity to put his feet up ahead of a showdown on Friday with world number five Thiem.

"I'm tired, I just had a sleep before coming," said Murray. "I'm really tired. That's the first time I've had to do that since I came back... It's something that I need to kind of get used to again, especially playing at this level and that intensity.

"It was a good step for me. It's great that I won the match. Whether I'd won or lost it, I was able to come out the following day and be competitive and play some good tennis. But obviously I'm happy I've got the day off tomorrow to recover."

Thiem eased to a 6-3 6-3 victory over wildcard Zhizhen Zhang, who was unable to force a single break point.

Top seed Thiem, able to seal his place in the ATP Finals if he reaches the final this week, broke twice in the first set and once in the second to advance.

Fabio Fognini and Karen Khachanov also progressed with straight-sets victories over Andrey Rublev and Jeremy Chardy respectively.

Andy Murray was among a number of big names to advance at the China Open on Tuesday and revealed he is now finding greater enjoyment in his tennis after shocking Matteo Berrettini.

Former world number one Murray has three grand slam titles to his name but is ranked just 503rd as he continues his return from hip resurfacing surgery, having been set to call time on his career earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Berrettini is the world number 13 and reached the US Open semi-finals less than four weeks ago.

But in his most notable victory of 2019, Murray upset the odds to defeat the eighth seed 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (9-7) in Beijing and move into the second round.

The Scot took the opportunity afterwards to explain a more positive approach to the sport as he edges closer to full fitness.

"I think just not being in pain now is making tennis a little bit more fun so the practice and the preparation for tournaments is just a lot easier," Murray said, as reported by Eurosport.

"In the last few years, that really wasn't the case and I was finding it all really stressful, I wasn't getting much enjoyment out it. So it's a little bit different now, which is nice."

Murray faces fellow Brit Cameron Norrie next on Wednesday and added: "Hopefully, I can have a good run here. That was a good start for me. I think I play again tomorrow so that will be a good test for me.

"It's the first time I will have played sort of high-level back-to-back days, so I will see how I pull up after that one. But it's a bit of progress for me again this week, which is good.

"I feel like the progress has been quite consistent and hopefully that keeps going through to the end of the year."

Although Berrettini was shocked, several other contenders came through unscathed on Tuesday, with Dominic Thiem and the previously out of form Stefanos Tsitsipas leading the way.

Top seed Thiem, who could face Murray in the quarters, eased past Richard Gasquet in straight sets, as third seed Tsitsipas was required to recover from a set down and then a break in the third to get the better of Dusan Lajovic.

It was the Greek's first victory since the Citi Open with the exception of the Laver Cup.

Thiem said: "I felt great from the first practice and it's great to get my first win in Beijing. It's one of the strongest tournaments - you can lose every match - but I was very good today."

Fabio Fognini advanced, too, beating Mikhail Kukushkin, but American pair Sam Querrey and John Isner overturned seeds Roberto Bautista Agut and Gael Monfils respectively in a packed draw.

Felix Auger-Aliassime, who plays Alexander Zverev next, Nikoloz Basilashvili and Diego Schwartzman also reached the last 16.

Roger Federer and Alexander Zverev put Team Europe into a 3-1 lead against Team World in the Laver Cup after claiming victory in the doubles.

Heading into the first doubles match of the tournament leading 2-1, Europe extended their advantage as two of their heavyweights held off a fight back from Jack Sock and Canadian Denis Shapovalov.

A break of serve in the fourth game handed Federer and Zverev a chance they did not need a second invitation to grasp, going on to win the first set 6-3, wrapping it up in 37 minutes.

Set two looked to be heading Europe's way in similarly simple fashion when the North American duo lost their serve in game one before passing up six break points. However, they finally fought back to draw level at 4-4.

But with Federer and Zverev hanging on by their fingertips, Sock and his partner squandered six set points, with Shapovalov then double-faulting to hand a break to the men in blue.

Europe took full advantage, Federer – playing in front of a buoyant home crowd in Geneva – serving out the match.

Stefanos Tsitsipas' hard-fought victory had nosed Europe ahead in the final singles match of the opening day of the showpiece team event.

The Greek triumphed 6-2 1-6 10-7 over Taylor Fritz in a thrilling contest, after Sock's win against world number 11 Fabio Fognini had cancelled out Dominic Thiem's earlier victory.

Tsitsipas was rallied on by the rest of Europe's players, including Rafael Nadal, who had strapping on his left hand – the Spaniard having honoured his commitment to play in the tournament despite his exertions in the US Open.

Alexander Zverev survived and Rafael Nadal cruised as four top-10 seeds incredibly suffered losses in the US Open first round on Tuesday.

Zverev looked like potentially joining the list of casualties before edging past Radu Albot in five sets at Flushing Meadows.

Nadal, meanwhile, never looked in trouble as he retained his perfect record in the opening round in New York.

However, top-10 seeds did fall as Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Roberto Bautista Agut and Karen Khachanov made first-round exits.

 

ZVEREV EDGES THROUGH

A two-time French Open quarter-finalist, Zverev's record at grand slams has been questioned and it seemed set to be a talking point again.

But, the German sixth seed managed to get past Albot 6-1 6-3 3-6 4-6 6-2 after three hours, 10 minutes.

Zverev has never been beyond the third round at the year's final major and while the draw opened up on Tuesday, he faces a tough second-round match.

The 22-year-old will meet Frances Tiafoe, who led Ivo Karlovic 6-2 6-3 1-2 when the Croatian retired.

 

NADAL UNTROUBLED

Nadal, an 18-time grand slam champion, eased past John Millman 6-3 6-2 6-2 to improve to 15-0 in the first round at the US Open.

The Spaniard was relentless and consistent, eventually converting five of 15 break points in a comfortable win.

Nadal will face another Australian, Thanasi Kokkinakis, after the 23-year-old claimed his first main-draw win at a major since 2015 by beating Ilya Ivashka 6-3 7-6 (10-8) 6-7 (4-7) 6-2.

SEEDS FALL

The fourth-seeded Thiem was not at full fitness as the Austrian bowed out to Thomas Fabbiano 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-2.

Thiem and Tsitsipas made first-round exits at Wimbledon and the US Open, the Greek going down to another young star in Andrey Rublev 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 7-6 (9-7) 7-5.

Khachanov and Bautista Agut, the ninth and 10th seeds respectively, suffered shock losses.

Vasek Pospisil upset Khachanov 4-6 7-5 7-5 4-6 6-3, while Mikhail Kukushkin beat Bautista Agut 3-6 6-1 6-4 3-6 6-3.

Meanwhile, 2014 champion Marin Cilic progressed, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was beaten and Nick Kyrgios advanced in straight sets.

French Open runner-up Dominic Thiem suffered an opening-round defeat at the US Open as Thomas Fabbiano claimed a 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-2 victory at Flushing Meadows.

Having overcome Stefanos Tsitsipas in the first round at Wimbledon, world number 87 Fabbiano repeated the feat of knocking out a seed at the first hurdle in the final grand slam of the year.

Thiem, who was also beaten in the first round at Wimbledon but bounced back by winning in his home tournament at Kitzbuhel, was never allowed to get into his stride by the Italian, who earned his first top-five win.

Fabbiano struck 12 fewer winners than the world number four, but Thiem's usually reliable backhand proved his undoing, as the 25-year-old made a total of 48 unforced errors.

The defeat means Thiem's grand slam season ends in disappointment following his superb run at Roland Garros, though the clay-court specialist can console himself with three ATP titles in 2019, and an equal career-high ranking.

Fabbiano, meanwhile, will face Alexander Bublik in round two, after the Kazakh's defeat of Santiago Giraldo.

Rafael Nadal does not believe he has an advantage heading into the US Open after he was drawn away from Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

World number two Nadal was placed in the bottom half of the draw, and cannot meet Federer or Djokovic until the final should he get that far.

However, the Spaniard shrugged off any suggestion he holds an edge going into the final grand slam of 2019.

"I don't know. I have to win my matches to have an advantage because I only can meet them after the semi-finals," Nadal said.

"I have plenty of work before that to know if I have an advantage or not. So let's see if I am able to do my work.

"That's not an advantage or disadvantage. That's part of the draw. That's part of the things that happen when you are No.1, No.2 and No.3.

"For example, at Wimbledon it was the other way. They changed. Now here is the opposite. Let's see what's going on."

Second seed Nadal opens his campaign against John Millman, who knocked Federer out in the fourth round at Flushing Meadows in 2018.

Thanasi Kokkinakis, who also upset Federer last season, and Fernando Verdasco are potential second and third-round opponents. 

Dominic Thiem – seeded fourth – could meet Nadal in the semi-final, in what would be a repeat of the French Open final, as well as an epic quarter-final from last season's US Open.

"He is the No.4 now. Every year he's improving," Nadal said of the 25-year-old Austrian.

"Already this year he won a Masters 1000 on hard. He played again the final in Roland Garros. Every day he is a very solid, and every year is more solid.

"He has everything to win important events. He already is winning important events. He's a very, very hard worker. Just a question of time that he achieve all his goals."

For the vast majority of the 21st century, grand slam finals have largely been the domain of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

Their dominance, shared somewhat with Andy Murray, has defined the modern era of the men's game. However, it has been most regularly interrupted at the US Open, which starts on Monday.

Marin Cilic and Stan Wawrinka have each prevailed in the past five years at Flushing Meadows, with Kei Nishikori, Kevin Anderson and Juan Martin del Potro all reaching the final in that time.

The most likely outcome remains that the men's final will be contested by at least one of the big three but, ahead of the final major of 2019, we examine some of the contenders to gatecrash the showpiece.

Daniil Medvedev

The world number five is enjoying a breakthrough year and heads to Flushing Meadows as one of the form players on the ATP Tour. He reached successive finals at the Citi Open and Rogers Cup, easing past the likes of Dominic Thiem and Karen Khachanov en route to the showpiece of the latter.

His heavy 6-3 6-0 defeat to Nadal in that final may have provided cause for reticence. However, Medvedev continued his outstanding US hard-court swing by coming from a set down to defeat Djokovic in the semi-finals of the Western and Southern Open, before going on to beat David Goffin in the final.

His fightback against the best player in the world should raise confidence he can upset the established order. It will be tougher over five sets but on current form Medvedev appears the most credible threat to the big three.

Karen Khachanov

Khachanov's year has not been quite as impressive as his Russian compatriot Medvedev. However, he too resides in the top 10 and has a victory over Djokovic to his name, having beaten the Serbian in the Paris Masters final last year.

He was impressive in seeing off Stan Wawrinka, rising star Felix Auger-Aliassime and Alexander Zverev at the Rogers Cup and showed signs he could form a grand slam challenge at his run to the quarter-finals of the French Open this year.

Marat Safin, the last Russian man to win a grand slam, was Khachanov's idol growing up. He has the game to potentially emulate his hero, but a 1-8 record against the big three will leave plenty sceptical of his prospects.

Dominic Thiem

Though not in the same vein of form as Medvedev, Thiem deserves his place on the list having been the most consistent challenger to Djokovic, Nadal and Federer in recent times.

He has reached the last two French Open finals, losing to Nadal on each occasion. However, he defeated Djokovic in five sets at Roland Garros this year and played at a level in the final that would have seen him victorious were he facing anyone other than the 'King of Clay'.

The hard court provides more of a level playing field and Nadal needed a tie-break to beat him in five sets in the quarter-final at Flushing Meadows in 2018. Thiem also holds a 4-2 record against Federer, whom he beat at Indian Wells this year. 

Eventually, Thiem's persistence in pushing this legendary trio to the limit will pay off and there is plenty of evidence to suggest the US Open could be the stage on which he reaps his rewards.

Roberto Bautista Agut

While the other four names on this list have their best years ahead of them, Bautista Agut is arguably enjoying an elongated peak.

He was a quarter-finalist at the Australian Open, where he showed his endurance with three five-set victories and pushed Djokovic to four sets in the Wimbledon semi-finals.

The 31-year-old has since found some consistency on the hard court, reaching the last eight in Montreal and Cincinnati, and came from a set down to beat Djokovic in Miami back in March.

That win, however, marked his only success against a big-three opponent. Bautista Agut has proven he can reach the latter stages of majors but, if the draw does not somehow open up for him, would need to overcome the history books to earn a first slam final berth.

Lucas Pouille

Pouille's thrilling 2016 fourth-round triumph over Nadal at Flushing Meadows had the look of a breakthrough moment for the Frenchman, but since then he has not been able to record a single victory over the Spaniard, Djokovic or Federer.

The 25-year-old does, however, seem to enjoy himself on the hard court, securing the best slam result of his career on the surface as he progressed to the last four at the Australian Open before running into a rampant Djokovic.

He beat Khachanov before being thumped by Djokovic in Cincinnati and, though he has endured an inconsistent year, the high-points Pouille has experienced should leave him with nobody to fear outside of the three favourites. 

Pouille is unquestionably an outsider, but if he can harness the form that saw him stun Nadal then he can at least afford to have hope of pulling off another shock and giving France a grand slam finalist to celebrate.

Rafael Nadal moved into the Rogers Cup semi-finals as Alexander Zverev and Dominic Thiem crashed out on Friday.

Nadal was pushed early before getting past Fabio Fognini in their quarter-final clash in Montreal, where the Spanish great stayed on track in his title defence.

Rain saw the day's final match – between Gael Monfils and Roberto Bautista Agut – pushed back, but not before Thiem and Zverev made straightforward exits.

 

NADAL SURVIVES FOGNINI TEST

Nadal, the 18-time grand slam champion, was troubled early before proving too good for Italian seventh seed Fognini 2-6 6-1 6-2.

The Spaniard has now won 12 of 16 meetings between the pair, impressively losing just 12 points on serve in the final two sets.

But Nadal must wait to find out his semi-final opponent after the rain arrived in Montreal.

Monfils and Bautista Agut had played just two points when their clash was stopped and pushed back to Saturday.

 

RUSSIAN DUO CAUSE UPSETS

Thiem and Zverev, the second and third seeds respectively, bowed out with straight-sets losses.

Daniil Medvedev had lost his previous two meetings with Thiem, but the Russian needed less than an hour to crush the Austrian 6-3 6-1.

He will face compatriot Karen Khachanov, who rushed past 2017 champion Zverev 6-3 6-3.

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.

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