8/14/10 4:27 AM | Kelli DeMario
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal made the final four in Toronto Friday afternoon, as he rallied to defeat a determined Philipp Kohlschreiber in the quarterfinal. The top seed is through to meet defending champion Andy Murray.
World No. 1 Rafael Nadal overcame a slow start to his quarterfinal meeting with Philipp Kohlschreiber on Friday. The 24-year-old did not play his best at the outset, but rallied to score a victory in three sets, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. With the two-hour success, Nadal earned his 50th ATP World Tour win of the season.
Kohlschreiber began the match quickly, taking a 3-0 edge over a struggling Nadal. The German controlled the pace of the set with his first serve. The 26-year-old, who captured 87% of his first-service points, passed through to set point unbroken. An unreturnable first serve gave Kohlschreiber the set at 6-3.
Nadal regrouped in the second set, aided by some trademark aggressive baseline play. The World No. 1 snagged a 2-0 advantage as Kohlschreiber began to miss his first serve. The Mallorcan held three set points at 5-3, then closed with a well-executed overhead smash.
Nadal collected four break chances at 1-1 in the decider, but was unable to secure a lead. After saving break point at 3-2, the World No. 1 held another chance to break at 3-3. Nadal converted to 4-3, helped by a forehand struck long from Kohlschreiber. Three match points came quickly for the 24-year-old, who sealed the win as the German missed a return.
Nadal is next to face defending champion Andy Murray for a berth in the final. The Scot breezed through his quarterfinal with David Nalbandian, 6-2, 6-2.
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