Rafael Nadal brushed aside Karen Khachanov in the semifinals of the Rogers Cup in Toronto, to set up an interesting match up with the youngster Tsitsipas, who ousted Alexander Zverev in the other half of the semi-finals. Nadal however, is satisfied with reaching the finals, and is pleased with what he has been able to put on show this week.
‘I am satisfied with the week. Arriving here for me it was difficult to imagine that I would be in the final’, said Nadal. ‘So great news. Happy about everything. Of course I can play little bit better, but that’s the work of every day.’
Nadal is wary of his next opponent, who has surprised everyone this week. Despite being the strong favorite to win the match, Nadal is not taking it lightly. ‘Tomorrow is a day to play a great match against a very tough opponent. And I hope to be ready for it’, said the Spaniard. ‘He has everything. He’s young. Has passion for the game. He has a great forehand, great backhand, good serve’, he added.
Nadal will be going in all guns blazing and will not be sitting back and waiting for Tsitsipas to make errors. ‘So he’s not about one thing. He’s about everything. These kind of matches you need to play very well to win, and that’s what I’m going to try’, said the Spaniard.
Meanwhile Tsitsipas is in chill mode, and not putting to much pressure on himself. ‘Just another day at the office. Doesn’t matter. It’s a final. I will not see it as a final’, I will just think of it as just another match here in Toronto in a beautiful city’, he said.
‘I’m doing my routines every single day. So just one more day, the last day.’
It will be interesting to see if Tsitsipas manages to trouble Rafael Nadal, riding on the confidence of ousting 4 top ten players this week.