Rafael Nadal overcame Brit Dan Evans in a climate-affected showdown at the Rogers Cup. Evans will run a few big possibilities to return via against the mythical Spaniard in Montreal after leading 5-2 at the beginning set earlier than dropping 7-6 (6) 6-four.
Evans broke Nadal inside the first recreation of a climate-affected healthy however changed into unable to press home his advantage towards a rusty opponent playing his first suit on the grounds that losing to Roger Federer within the Wimbledon semi-finals. Nadal gained six of the closing seven points within the tie-ruin and overcame a rain put off of almost two hours after taking a 2-0 lead in the 2nd set, the pinnacle seed finally securing a 7-6 (6) 6-4 victory to improve his document in Canada to 35-8.
The 33-yr-old Spaniard is seeking a fifth Canadian Masters one thousand name, together with his wins calmly cut up between Montreal (2005 and 2013) and Toronto (2008 and 2018).
“Always is tough, first match on the hardcourt after such a long time. After Wimbledon, the mind always goes down a little bit because I have been playing a long clay-court season, then grass, so you didn’t relax. Then when you finish Wimbledon, it’s like your body loses a little bit of that tension, so it needs a little bit of time to recover. Today, as I said before, the main thing is to win. I know with victories that other things should be coming slowly. I have been playing and practicing more or less well. Now is the moment to compete.
Today I competed enough well to be through. Tomorrow is another challenge.”