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Rafael Nadal - Jerzy Janowicz Live

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Nationality Player Set 1 Set 2 Set 3 Set 4 Set 5
SpainR Nadal76---
PolandJ Janowicz64---

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  1. - - So it is Nadal through to the last four in straight sets, which doesn't really tell the story of just how tough that match was. Next up tomorrow for the Spaniard will be either Frenchman Benoit Paire or Australian qualifier Marinko Matosevic. They are currently on the BN Court, in a second set breaker, with Matosevic having a one set lead. Men's drawsheet.

  2. - - NADAL 7-6(6) 6-4 - GAME, SET & MATCH! Nadal fires down a forehand smash to bring up two match points to finish it in straight sets and be the first man into the quarter-finals in Montreal. He only needs the one though, wrong-footing Janowicz with his serve and producing an ace out wide.

  3. - - NADAL 7-6(6) 5-4 - BREAK! Two more double faults from Janowicz help Nadal on his way to two more break points. But the Spaniard only needs the one, drawing the Pole into the net and firing the forehand passing shot down the line for the winner. Nadal has the break and will serve for the match after the change of ends.

  4. - - NADAL 7-6(6) 4-4 - A sensational reflex volley from Nadal off the forehand wing goes for a winner on the acute angle right up at the night and the Spaniard holds for the loss of just the one point to level up again as this set reaches crunch point.

  5. - - NADAL 7-6(6) 3-4 - A tougher service game for Janowicz but he eventually finds a way through it, bringing up a game point with a cross court backhand winner on the angle before holding with an agressive backhand approach shot that Nadal can only lob just wide.

  6. - - NADAL 7-6(6) 3-3 - Nadal gets things fully back on level terms with a very quick and easy service hold, Janowicz slapping a series of wild returns out of play to really gift the Spaniard the game.

  7. - - NADAL 7-6(6) 2-3 - BREAK! Janowicz turn now to enter a slump as he struggles to find a first serve once again and it hands Nadal three break back points. The first is saved by the Pole off a decent second serve that Nadal can only return long. But a double fault from Janowicz on the second sees the fourth seed break back and get this second set back on serve, albeit it with Nadal still trailing by a game.

  8. - - NADAL 7-6(6) 1-3 - Another Nadal error hands Janowicz another break point. This time though the Pole squanders it, sending his forehand return into the net, and Nadal goes on to belatedly get himself off the mark in this second set when Janowicz nets another forehand.

  9. - - NADAL 7-6(6) 0-3 - It's all Janowicz at the moment as he races through a comfortable service hold when Nadal nets a forehand. That's the break consolidated for the Pole early in this second set and Nadal has completely lost his rhythm at the moment.

  10. - - NADAL 7-6(6) 0-2 - BREAK! An absolutely shocking game from Nadal as he hands Janowicz an early break point in this second set. And the Pole does take the lead when the Spaniard steps inside the baseline and fires off a forehand across court only to send the ball wide and tamely concede his serve.

  11. - - NADAL 7-6(6) 0-1 - Unorthodox from Janowicz but very effective as he plays a half-volley off his toes for the passing shot winner on his way to an hold to 30 to open this second set and put the disappointment of dropping that first set quickly behind him.

  12. - - That first set took one hour and seven minutes. That's just five minutes shorter than the whole of Nadal's match against Levine yesterday afternoon!

  13. - - NADAL 7-6(6) - SET! A missed return from Janowicz hands Nadal yet another set point and this time he does get it. Rafa comfortably gets up to the drop shot this time before leaping up to a tricky lob and flicking his backhand smash down at the feet of Janowicz, who cannot quite get his racquet to the ball to try and deflect it back into play. Nadal has the first set.

  14. - - NADAL 6-6 (6-6) - TIE-BREAK! A double fault, Janowicz's first of the match, then hands Nadal a fourth set point, his first in this breaker... Nadal's first serve is called out but quickly over-ruled from the chair. Janowicz challenges and is proven right, second serve Nadal. A great second serve from the Spaniard is mis-hit by Janowicz but the ball lands in and then the Pole gets the perfect bit of help from the net as his backhand rolls over for a drop shot winner. It's all happening now.

  15. - - NADAL 6-6 (5-5) - TIE-BREAK! Janowicz's 4-2 lead quickly turns into 5-2 after the change of ends when he races up to the net and buries a backhand volley winner. Nadal pegs him back a point with a forehand approach shot winner across court, going back behind the Pole, and then also a second when another wild forehand return, this time down the line from Janowicz, sails long. Nadal then draws level with a backhand approach shot that Janowicz can only send wide down the line and we're back level.

  16. - - NADAL 6-6 (2-4) - TIE-BREAK! A forehand winner from the mid-court gets Janowicz off the mark at 0-1 down before another forehand drop shot winner sneaks him ahead. Nadal levels up with an ace down the centre of the court before Janowicz gets the mini-break with a netted forehand passing shot attempt when the Pole was right on top of the net. At the change of ends, the Pole has the mini-break lead after Nadal sends a routine backhand long.

  17. - - NADAL 6-6 - BREAK! Janowicz punches a backhand down the line resulting in an easy lob to put away for a set point. But the Pole puts the ball into the bottom of the net instead gifting Nadal a break back point. And sure enough the Spaniard takes full advantage, whipping a backhand across court for the winner to level up this opening set again and force the tie-break.

  18. - - NADAL 5-6 - BREAK! Janowicz earns himself a break point. Nadal's first serve just catches the top of the tape on the way through but it's enough to take the ball wide into the tramlines and the Pole has a second serve to look at. He does more than look at it though, belting a backhand return of serve across court for a winner. He has the break and will serve for the opening set after the change of ends.

  19. - - NADAL 5-5 - Finally Janowicz is able to find a big first serve, that Nadal can only return long, to earn himself a game point, which he takes with another first serve that the Spaniard can only return wide with a cross court forehand.

  20. - - NADAL 5-4 - Janowicz can barely land a first serve and Nadal leaps all over the second, earning himself two set points when the Pole goes for the big inside-out forehand winner across court only to hit wide and long. Janowicz saves the first with a lengthy first serve that Nadal can only net in return, and then also the second with a stretched backhand volley winner. An acutely angled backhadn return winner brings up a third chance for Nadal but against Janowicz saves it with a backhand volley.

  21. - - NADAL 5-4 - What looks like it's going to be a comfortable service hold becomes a lot tougher for Nadal as he gets a little unlucky with a net-cord to allow Janowicz to level at deuce. But back-to-back body serves from the Spaniard, jamming up the Janowicz forehand return and neutralising the threat, see him hold and leave the Pole preparing to serve to stay in this opening set.

  22. - - NADAL 4-4 - Nadal quickly fashions himself a 0-30 lead against the Janowicz serve only for the Pole to produce two hugely brave second serves and a backhand passing shot winner to set up a game point. The 15th seed goes long with a routine forehand to allow Nadal back to deuce before an angled drop shot winner brings up another game point for Janowicz. And this time he holds to level up once more.

  23. - - NADAL 4-3 - An absolutely wild inside-out forehand return of serve well wide across court from Janowicz hands Nadal two game points. The first goes begging when the Spaniard loops an off-balance forehand long down the centre of the court, while Janowicz saves the second with a forehand drop shot and backhand passing shot winner down the line. Nadal produces an ace under pressure before going on to hold when Janowicz nets a forehand.

  24. - - NADAL 3-3 - A fantastically disguised, sliced forehand drop shot from Janowicz sees Nadal so well beaten he doesn't even make a move to the ball. But the Spaniard levels up at 30-all with a rally much more to his liking with a lengthy forehand exchange until Janowicz goes wide across court. The Pole is quick to snuff out any danger though and two big serves later and he has the hold that draws him level once again.

  25. - - NADAL 3-2 - Nadal matches Janowicz's comfortable love service hold with one of his own to sneak out ahead once again. Both men are looking very solid on serve so far.

  26. - - NADAL 2-2 - Janowicz opens with a big serve out wide followed by an inside-out forehand winner across court before racing through a love service hold with another big hold to level up for a second time.

  27. - - NADAL 2-1 - Nadal races out to a 40-love lead before netting a forehand to allow Janowicz off the mark in the game. But it's a brief respite for the Pole as Nadal holds on the very next point when Janowicz finds himself on the back foot right from the spinning serve out wide.

  28. - - NADAL 1-1 - Janowicz finds his first ace of the afternoon to get off the mark after quickly finding himself 0-30 down. A second ace follows to fashion a game point and the Pole goes on to hold without any further trouble.

  29. - - NADAL 1-0 - Nadal comes through a tough opening service game, producing an ace at the crucial time when he finds himself an early break point down. From there it's pretty straightforward to the Spaniard, however, as he holds two points later when Janowicz pulls a forehand return well wide across court.

  30. - - The players are just about ready to go and it will be Nadal to serve first and get this clash underway...

  31. - - Janowicz has come through two tough two-setters to get through to this stage, the Pole also still recovering from an arm injury. Nadal, meanwhile, had a bye through to the second round and then cruised through his second round match in straight sets.

  32. - - Nadal and Janowicz have never met each other before so the first few games are sure to involve a little of both players testing each other out.

  33. - - Today's clash against Janowicz should provide much more information about where Nadal is at mentally and physically. It should be said that the world number four did look very focused against Levine.

  34. - - Apart from the fact that Nadal played without any strapping on his knee, yesterday's victory over Jesse Levine didn't really tell us anything about the Spaniard's fitness.

  35. - Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage from Rafael Nadal's third round match at the Rogers Cup in Montreal. The Spaniard's opponent today is mercurial 15th seed Jerzy Janowicz of Poland.

Rafael Nadal

Nationality ESP
Date of Birth 03/06/1986
Height 1.85 m
Weight 85 kg

Jerzy Janowicz

Nationality POL
Date of Birth 13/11/1990
Height 2.03 m
Weight 91 kg

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