Montreal: Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal advanced to a mouth-watering semi-final showdown at the Rogers Cup after they crushed their quarter-final opponents in ruthless fashion on Friday.
Djokovic, the world No. 1, was flawless in a 6-1, 6-2 demolition of French seventh seed Richard Gasquet while Nadal was equally emphatic in a straight sets win over Australian qualifier Marinko Matosevic.
Serbia’s Djokovic and Spaniard Nadal will face off for the 36th time after the 11th seed Milos Raonic and local wildcard Vasek Pospisil compete in an all-Canadian semi-final.
“It’s a great feeling when you’re playing this well and you beat a quality player like Gasquet,” Djokovic said. “I’m going to try to memorise what I’ve done today and how I felt and hopefully take it on the court tomorrow… same kind of feeling.”
Nadal was always in control of his quarter final against a fatigued Matosevic, who had come through two qualifying matches on top of his three main draw victories.
The 12-time Grand Slam champion never looked like being seriously challenged under the lights and he let rip with a procession of thundering forehand winners on the way to a 6-2, 6-4 victory which booked his place in another Masters series semi-final against Djokovic.
Local favourite Milos Raonic held his nerve to beat Latvia’s Ernests Gulbis 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-4 in a two-and-a-half hour showdown.