In a match that lived up to it's billing, Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic under the lights in Montreal to advance to the Rogers Cup Final.
It took the Spaniard three sets but the 12 time Major Champion defeated the Worlds Number One on his favorite surface, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6.
Going into the match, Djokovic had taken the last four Finals against Nadal on the hard court surface which prompted Nadal's stragegy for the match, "I said yesterday the only chance to win against Novak, I have to play aggressive. If not, I cannot play very well on this kind of surface. And I did." And aggressive he was, jumping out quickly taking the first set.
He continued to play at a high level placing 70 percent of his first serves in play in the match.
In the decisive third set tiebreak, Nadal won the first 6 points before closing the tiebreaker and match, 7-2. He will go on to face Milos Raonic who defeated fellow Canadian, Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 in the other semifinal.
Going into the Final Major of the year, most have pointed to Djokovic and Andy Murray as the two favorites but with Nadal's play on the hard court surface in this tournament, he certainly needs to be in the conversation as well.