Nadal reaches Toronto quarters with win over Wawrinka

first_img0Shares0000Rafael Nadal came from a mini-break down in the tiebreaker and secured victory over Stan Wawrinka on his second match point © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Vaughn RidleyTORONTO, Canada, Aug 9 – A 45-minute rain interruption did little to stop the progress of Rafael Nadal on Thursday at the Toronto Masters as he defeated Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 7-6 (7/4) to reach the quarter-finals.The halt in proceedings came 63 minutes into the opening set, after Wawrinka saved a Nadal set point for 5-all, with the Spaniard then holding serve for 6-5. When the weather passed, the pair returned, with Nadal wrapping up the set on his second chance.The second set was a battle as the Swiss, a three-time Grand Slam champion, fought back from an early break down, took a 2-1 lead, with the pair again trading breaks in the fifth and tenth games.Nadal came from a mini-break down in the tiebreaker and secured victory on his second match point.“It was a good match, a very positive victory for me over a tough opponent,” Nadal said.“I’m happy to see Stan playing well again. We had a good quality of tennis.“I’m very pleased, I needed a match like this. It does much for the confidence.”Nadal’s win was his 17th from 20 played against Wawrinka.Second seed Alexander Zverev, the holder, lined up a re-run of last week’s Washington semi-final as he again takes on Stefanos Tsitsipas.The Greek who turns 20 on Sunday knocked out his second seed in as many matches, stunning Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals.Zverev rolled over Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-2 in 52 minutes while never facing a break point.Tsitsipas called his knockout of Djokovic, “the best match of my career. I knew I was playing pretty good today.”The number 27 will play the first Masters 1000 quarter-final of his career.“He played very well and deserved to win without a doubt,” Djokovic said. “I just played not that great.“I didn’t return well. It wasn’t that great of a match.”Bulgarian fifth seed Grigor Dimitrov laboured for almost two and a half hours to subdue Frances Tiafoe of the United States 7-6 (7/1), 3-6, 7-6 (7/4).He next faces Wimbledon runner-up and fourth seed Kevin Anderson who defeated Ilya Ivashka of Belarus 7-5, 6-3 to also make the last-eight.Sixth seed Marin Cilic continued his quiet progress, beating Argentine 11th seed Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-2.Canadian teen Denis Shapovalov went down to Robin Haase, losing 7-5, 6-2, ending local interest. The Dutch winner will take on Karen Khachanov, who beat eighth seed John Isner 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/1)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

This monsoon, go to Goa for white-water rafting

first_imgThose seeking a monsoon adventure will soon be able to experience white-water rafting on the Mahadayi river near Valpoi in Goa, which will begin in the next fortnight, a state government official said today.The major attraction this year will be shooting a personalised video of rafting that can be shared on various social media platforms.With monsoon covering the coastal state, the Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) has decided to start the white-water rafting activity.”The white-water rafting on the Mahadeyi river would start in a fortnight with additional attractions like personalised videos that would record the rafting experience,” a senior senior GTDC official said.Rafting on the Mahadeyi river is held between June and September every year.”This year, the white river rafting experience promises to be different as the GTDC has tied up with a top adventure sports video company in the country to capture rafting experience through a personalised video, which would be shared via WhatsApp or Google Drive the same day,” he said.Seven rafts will be put into operation. The adventure will include exciting trips of 10km each in the waters of the river adorned by a breath-taking landscape.”Navigating the rapids of the river through rafting has been gaining immense popularity among tourists in Goa, which is known for numerous water sports,” the official said.Also Read: 7 adventurous getaways you should visit to feel that rush of adrenalineAlso Watch: Chadar trekking: A paradise for adventure touristslast_img read more