Rafael Nadal into Rogers Cup quarter-finals
Last Updated: 10/08/18 4:40pm
Rafael Nadal battled past Stan Wawrinka on Thursday night at the Rogers Cup.
The world No 1 won 7-5 7-6 (7-4) in a rain-interrupted match to book a spot in the quarter-finals of the Toronto tournament.
Wawrinka had dropped to No 195 in the world after undergoing knee surgery but Nadal paid tribute to his returning opponent after the match.
"It was a good match. Of course, a very positive victory for me against a very tough opponent," Nadal said.
"I'm happy to see Stan playing that well again.
"So I am very pleased. That's what I needed, a match like this to be a little bit more confident and I did it."
Nadal will play Marin Cilic in the next round, who continued his quiet progress, beating Argentine 11th seed Diego Schwartzman 6-3 6-2, with Novak Djokovic's conqueror Stefanos Tsitsipas to play Alexander Zverev.
Karen Khachanov, who beat John Isner 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-1) on Thursday night, will next play Robin Haase who ended local interest by defeating Canadian teen Denis Shapovalov 7-5 6-2 while Grigor Dimitrov will face Kevin Anderson.
The Rogers Cup resumes at 5.30pm on Friday, live on Sky Sports Arena.
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