The Spaniard Rafael Nadal (7) suffered his first loss to the Japanese Kei Nishikori (3) in the early hours of Saturday in the Masters of Canada and thus qualified for semi-finals where they will play against the Scot Andy Murray (2) beat it defending champions Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (10).

Meanwhile Novak Djokovic (1) he narrowly escaped losing to Latvian Ernests Gulbis up match points against in the second set. The Serbian played with the French Jeremy Chardy – only unseeded semifinal – that got out to American John Isner (16).

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Rafael Nadal was never found comfortable with the gale offered Nishikori, a player that has a lot of speed in addition to good technique and he had already warned in Madrid last year have the formula to annoy the Spaniard.

Play fast from side to side and exploiting the reverse of former world number one. But things begin to Rafa best after winning his service had breakpoint in the second game of the second set. He failed and would Nishikori who shoot the score 5-1.

The Spaniard achieved another game but could not prevent the sleeve give 6-2. In the second set, but Rafa would suggest improvement Nishikori did not lower revolutions and would add two breaks that left nearly knocked out three-time champion here.

4-1 and looked all over. But Rafa even if not in full, no caste loses fight to the end, he recovered a ‘break’ and went 3-4. Do not allow another Spaniard rebound and sealed the match 6-4 in 82 minutes. Nishikori did not yet know what it is to win a Masters 1000 will face Andy Murray who submitted in the other key French Tsonga double 6-4 in 1 hour 39 minutes.

Above things were hard disputes and two matches to three sets, both with drama would. Djokovic was 5-7 and 5-7 in the tiebreaker of the second set before the inconsistent Ernests Gulbis this time dressed ‘frac’ and He was to throw strike. It did not specify the ‘matchpoints’ and gave a second chance to ‘Nole’ who took the gift and the reins of the meeting. He took the tiebreak 7-6 (9-7) and in the decider was the absolute master of the Latvian apathy before closing 6-1 in two hours and exact average.

The guest who broke into the top four is Jeremy Chardy who was about to lose against Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer in the second round and today in the semifinals. He added his fourth victory on American bomber John Isner in two tiebreakers 6-7 (9) 7-6 (13) 7-6 (4) after 3 hours. Chardy will go against Djokovic.

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The Spaniard Rafael Nadal (7) suffered his first loss to the Japanese Kei Nishikori (3) in the early hours of Saturday in the Masters of Canada and thus qualified for semi-finals where they will play against the Scot Andy Murray (2) beat it defending champions Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (10). Meanwhile Novak...