Daniel Medvedev had to work through a tiebreaker pair to win 2-6, 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/5) against Hubert Harkacks and reach the ATP Toronto semifinals. To be sure. Masters on Friday.
Russia was caught on the back foot in the world number two opening set, which he lost to his Polish rival after making half of his 40 mistakes at night.
But the top seed rallied its resources and avenged a five-set loss to No. 13 at Wimbledon to fight back in two-and-a-half hours.
Medvedev finished his 22nd ace at the match point.
“It was a tough match, he was on top of me for several moments,” the winner said. “He was playing amazing and I’m glad he’s gone.”
The 2019 finalist said here that he picked up his game in the decisive set.
“I started playing a little better and tried to keep the pressure on him – he was definitely putting it on me.”
Stefanos Tsitsipas won the 13-match series at Caspar Road 6-1, 6-4.
One day after turning 23, the Greek world number three celebrated his mother Julia’s birthday, using the big day as an inspiration in court.
“I’m proud of myself,” said the 2018 Canadian finalist. “It was in my mind to try to make him proud today.”
Tsitsipas will play against Riley Opelka, who defeated 10th seed Roberto Botista Agot of Spain 6-3, 7-6 (7/1).
“It makes a lot of sense to get a second semi (after last May),” Opelka 32 said. “I started the year slowly, and being seeded in the Slams is my top priority.
“I’ve won four big, against all the tough guys. I think I’m playing at a higher level right now.
“Stefanos is a great player. The match will be a good test against one of the best in the world. If you are playing Stefanos, it means you are having a good week.”
Norway’s 12th-ranked road caught fire last month, having won three European clay titles last month after advancing to the first round of Wimbledon six months ago.
Ruud, the son of former ATP supporter Christian Ruud, defeated Sisipas on Madrid soil in May.
But the Greek badge had all the answers in Toronto as it denied Road the 100th match of his career.
“My intentions were clear from the beginning,” Fateh said. “It simply came to our notice then.
“I’m very happy to be where I am now. Sometimes I wonder how well I can play.”
Tsitsipas finished their 74-minute victory with 20 wins and 11 unbeaten errors.
Road lost an overhead on the 4-all in the second set, giving Cesipas two breaks.
The third seed replaced the second and presented moments of victory later, extending his lead to 45 this season.
Gail Monfils maintained her showman reputation at 7-6 (7/5), losing 6-4 to John Asner as the pair met for the 13th time.
The 11th-seeded Frenchman made a fuss in the second set when he was advised by chair umpire Mohamed Lahani to stop “dancing” in anticipation of his opponent’s tremendous service.
He left Monfils, calling the 34-year-old tournament supervisor and engaging in a lively debate over a non-issue, as well as tapping his right ankle, which he said was a “bad move.”
The storm blew faster when Asner hit the 13th ace for a match point, which he converted into a victory.
“We do well in each other’s sports,” Asner said. “He’s a great opponent – not in a dirty way – and we’re very good friends.”
The American won for the ninth time in a row this season after winning the Atlanta title last month. He lost to Medvedev in the semi-finals of the ATP Cup in Australia last year.