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Nadal beats Novak in thrilling contest

Rafael Nadal inflicted more pain on world number one Novak Djokovic in the Rogers Cup semi-finals on Saturday as the Serbian world number one went from being “close to perfection” to far from flawless on his favourite surface.

sports Updated: Aug 12, 2013 02:16 IST

Rafael Nadal inflicted more pain on world number one Novak Djokovic in the Rogers Cup semi-finals on Saturday as the Serbian world number one went from being “close to perfection” to far from flawless on his favourite surface.

Nadal, a 12-time grand slam champion, won a thrilling contest under the lights 6-4 3-6 7-6(2) to set up a title showdown with local hope Milos Raonic.

It was Nadal’s second successive victory over Djokovic at this stage of a tournament following their epic French Open meeting in June. “Beating the best player in the world, here, is a big result for me,” Nadal. “I knew when I arrived after one month off, when you play in a Masters 1000, hard court, a fast surface, you can go out in the first round. But the real thing was completely different. I played a very high level ... I made the right decisions in the important moments.”

Serena dominates
Toronto: World No.1 Serena Williams continued her success at the Rogers Cup with a tough 7-6(3), 6-4 victory over No.4 Agnieszka Radwanska in the women’s singles semifinal here.

In the final, she will face No 27 Sorana Cirstea of Romania, who stunned China’s Li Na in straight sets in the other semifinal.