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- - So Rafael Nadal is through to yet another final (he's only missed one final since returning from injury in February and that was Wimbledon). And in that final he will meet Canadian number one Milos Raonis, seeded 11 at this year's tournament.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 6-7(2) - GAME, SET & MATCH! Nadal gets the job done at the third attempt when Djokovic slaps a flat backhand long of the baseline to end another building rally.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 6-6 (2-6) - TIE-BREAK! The first match point goes begging with a netted forehand from Nadal while Djokovic saves the second with a backhand winner across court
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 6-6 (0-6) - TIE-BREAK! A forehand into the net from Djokovic just before the change of ends leaves Nadal with six match points ...
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 6-6 (0-5) - TIE-BREAK! Nadal grabs an early mini-break lead, stretching Djokovic first one way and then the next on the baseline and eventually drawing the forehand error. Djokovic then puts a forehand long and a backhand wide to compound a shocking tie-break and leave Nadal with a 5-0 lead.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 6-6 - Sure enough it will be a tie-break to settle this match as Djokovic also posts a love service hold, Nadal sending a forehand long to end the game. After a brief blip at the beginning of this final set, the quality of tennis is right back up at the highest level again now.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 5-6 - Nadal does his bit to force the breaker, securing a hold to love when Djokovic goes wide with a lunging backhand across court. Djokovic will have to serve to stay in this match for a second time.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 5-5 - Nadal nets a cross court forehand to help Djokovic on his way to a 30-0 lead before the Serb holds to 15 when Nadal's attempted forehand down the line just misses. This match looks to be headed towards a final set tie-break.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 4-5 - Nadal scampers around the baseline before working up to the net and burying a forehand volley to level up at 30-all before an ace and a backhand return into the net from Djokovic hand the Spaniard another hold. Djokovic will have to serve to stay in the match after the change of ends.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 4-4 - A stunning backhand passing shot winner across court from Nadal brings up two break points. Djokovic saves the first, Nadal very nearly makes the second with a running cross court forehand passing shot only to pull the ball just wide and Djokovic takes the let-off and goes on to hold.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 3-4 - Djokovic can't find the forehand he's looking for down the line and Nadal holds to 30 to leave himself potentially just two games away from a place in the final.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 3-3 - Djokovic drops the first point of the game before shaking his head like he's trying to clear it, maybe still thinking about being hit by that ball. It seems to work though as he moves easily through the rest of the game and holds to 15 when Nadal sends a forehand approach shot long
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 2-3 - Nadal leaves the smallest of gaps across court but Djokovic finds it with a cross court forehand passing shot to go 0-30 up. Nadal recovers though before adding more spice to the encounter with a backhand pick-up, off the drop shot, that hits Djokovic in the shoulder and bounces up into his face. Nadal didn't hit it that hard and he attempts to apologise after but Djokovic is clearly not happy. The Spaniard bangs down an ace on the next point to hold & the match goes on.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 2-2 - Another blink-and-you'll-miss-it service hold from Djokovic to level up and keep this match rumbling on towards a barn-storming finish.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 1-2 - Much more comfortable for Nadal this time around as he holds for the loss of just the one point, throwing in an ace to seal the game and sneak out in front once again
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 1-1 - Djokovic races through a much quicker service hold to get his side of the scoreboard ticking over in this final set.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 0-1 - Nadal finds himself under yet more pressure as Djokovic levels at deuce by rushing the Spaniard into error on the forehand wing. But back-to-back aces from Nadal help him to hold without any more trouble and this third set is underway.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 6-3 - SET! There's a serious delay in the game after a challenge from Nadal shows the ball in, meaning the Spaniard still has three challenges remaining and the point be replayed. But the scoreboard ticks over in the wrong direction before umpire Gerry Armstrong has even called the score and it takes a while to sort out. In the end though, Djokovic serves out the set without too much trouble and this match will go to a decider.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 5-3 - BREAK! Nadal easily moves out to the forehand wing and fires an incredible forehand winner straight down the line. It leaves the Spaniard with three game points but an inside out forehand wide followed by a netted forehand gift Djokovic two points back before the Serb levels at deuce when Nadal goes wide with a backhand down the line. A forehand long from Nadal then hands Djokovic a break point. And Djokovic will serve for the second set as Nadal sends another forehand long.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 4-3 - Incredibly ball-striking from both players in a lengthy rally that leaves Djokovic puffing out his cheeks after Nadal eventually goes just long with a forehand. It brings up two game points for the Serb but he nets a forehand on the first to squander it. It's all worth it though as Djokovic takes a phenomenal final point with a reactionary flicked forehand winner across court after both players cover every inch of the court!
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 3-3 - Nadal levels up once again with a hold to 30, another error flying off the Djokovic racquet, both to give the Spaniard game point and to help him hold, albeit with a Nadal error sandwiched in between.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 3-2 - Djokovic goes wide and slightly long with a ferocious backhand across court to get Nadal off the mark but nonetheless he holds to 15 when the Spaniard moves up the court to a shorter ball only to loop a forehand long of the baseline.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 2-2 - A forehand winner down the line from Nadal opens the game, despite a cracking return from Djokovic deep and towards the backhand wing. And Nadal goes on to hold very comfortably once again, this time to 15, to level up.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 2-1 - The Djokovic first serve is starting to fire better in this set, the Serb landing another big first serve to hold and keep himself just in front. He was landing 63 per cent of his first serves in the opening set but for him that's fairly low. Nadal, in contrast, was landing 70 per cent.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 1-1 - Nadal races through a love service hold with a big serve down the centre of the court that Djokovic can once again only return long.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 1-0 - Djokovic is beginning to look more comfortable although the bulk of the longer rallies are still going the way of Nadal and he finds the back of the line once again with a forehand to put pressure on the Serb at 40-30. But Djokovic quickly slams the door shut with an unreturnable first serve and the second set is underway.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-6 - SET! Nadal seals the set in sensational fashion, racing up to a drop shot and flicking a cross court backhand away before leaping up to an emphatic smash that Djokovic can only drop shot of the net. Nadal has the first set and one foot in the Montreal Masters final.
- - DJOKOVIC 4-5 - Djokovic closes the gap to just the one game, albeit still a break, holding to 30 with an ace. Nadal has one chance left to serve out this opening set, which he will attempt to do after the change of ends.
- - DJOKOVIC 3-5 - BREAK! Cleaner hitting from Djokovic as he earns himself two break back points with some length groundstrokes that eventually draw a forehand long from Nadal. The Spaniard saves the first with a great first serve but Djokovic finally does break on the second with a brutal backhand down the line followed by an inside-out cross court forehand winner. Djokovic will still have to serve to stay in the set though.
- - DJOKOVIC 2-5 - BREAK! Djokovic sends a routine forehand long of the baseline to allow Nadal to level at deuce before an inside-out forehand across court from the Spaniard is netted by Djokovic to leave him staring at another break point. Just like in the first game, Djokovic slaps down a double fault to concede his serve and Nadal will serve for the set after the change of ends.
- - DJOKOVIC 2-4 - Another blistering backhand return of serve across court from Djokovic, sending the ball back in the same direction that it came from. It's a really successful tactic for the Serb so far tonight. But Nadal is winning the majority of the baseline rallies and posts another hold, to 30, to continue his march towards taking this first set.
- - DJOKOVIC 2-3 - A kicking ace out wide alongside a couple of unreturnables and a spot of serve and volley, which ends with a shoulder-height backhand volley across court, see Djokovic on his way to a hold to 15 to remain just the one break down.
- - DJOKOVIC 1-3 - Nadal goes with the big serve down the T to get himself out of a spot of bother at 15-30 down, Djokovic unable to get enough on the ball to get it back over the net, and he goes on to hold with an injection of pace on a backhand down the line which Djokovic can only retur wide.
- - DJOKOVIC 1-2 - Better from Djokovic this time although he gets a little lucky on game point, Nadal's low forehand down the line catching the top of the tape and sitting up for the Serb with less pace. Nadal does actually guess right that Djokovic is going across court but he can't get to the ball in enough time to do anything but net his backhand and the world number one has the hold to 15 to belatedly get his side of the scoreboard ticking over.
- - DJOKOVIC 0-2 - A netted forehand into the net from Nadal hands Djokovic three very quick break back points. The Spaniard saves the first with a swinging serve out wide followed by a forehand down the line that Djokovic cannot cope with, and then also the second with an injection of pace on the double-handed backhand forcing Djokovic into the error out wide. The third is also saved with a forehand that catches the back of the line and again draws the error. And Nadal holds with an ace.
- - DJOKOVIC 0-1 - BREAK! Djokovic looks to be enjoying a fairly comfortable service hold at 30-0 up but three straight points for Nadal, the last on a forehand long from the Serb, hand him an early break point. Nadal only needs the one though as Djokovic slaps down his second double fault of the game to concede his serve in tame fashion. Ouch.
01:10 - The players are just about ready to go and it will be Djokovic to get the clash underway by serving first...
01:05 - We already know these two have faced each other 35 times before, but what about the stats that actually matter. They have split their two previous meetings this year - the Monte Carlo final which Djokovic won and then that French Open semi. But, perhaps most tellingly, Djokovic leads their head-to-heads on the hard courts with 11 wins to Nadal's five, including four wins in the last four times they have met on the surface.
01:00 - Both these men enjoyed a bye into the second, by virtue of being some of the top seeds. Since then Djokovic has come past Florian Mayer, Denis Istomin and Richard Gasquet all in straight sets. And Nadal has Jesse Levine, Jerzy Janowicz and Marinko Matosevic, also all in straight sets.
00:55 - The winner of this match will face home favourite, and 11th seed, Milos Raonic in tomorrow's final after he came through the earlier all-Canadian final 6-4 1-6 7-6(4) against wildcard Vasek Pospisil.
00:50 - This will be the 36th installment in the epic rivalry between these two players, with Rafael Nadal leading the head-to-heads by 20 wins to 15. Nadal won their last clash in truly dramatic fashion, 9-7 in the fifth set of the semi-finals before going on to win a historic eighth French Open title in Paris.
00:45 - Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage from the second of the Rogers Cup semi-finals in Montreal between world number one and two-times defending champion Novak Djokovic and fourth seed and two-times former champion Rafael Nadal
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