Nadal Reaches Montreal Final After Monfils Withdraws
Rafael Nadal moved into his 51st ATP Masters 1000 final without hitting a ball on Saturday at the Coupe Rogers in Montreal.
The top-seeded Spaniard advanced by walkover when Frenchman Gael Monfils, who beat Roberto Bautista Agut earlier Saturday in their rain-postponed quarter-final, pulled out because of an ankle injury.
More From Montreal
Magic Before Heartbreak For Monfils In Montreal
Medvedev Makes Maiden Masters 1000 Final
Medvedev: The Perplexing, Unorthodox Artist Who Just Keeps Winning
Nadal will go for his record-extending 35th Masters 1000 crown against Russian Daniil Medvedev, who beat Karen Khachanov 6-1, 7-6(6) to make his first Masters 1000 final.
It will be their first FedEx ATP Head2Head meeting. By making the final, Nadal is guaranteed to stay No. 2 in the ATP Rankings when the new standing are released on Monday. Roger Federer will remain at No. 3.
Nadal also will move to first place in the ATP Race To London come Monday. The ATP Rankings tally points from the past 52 weeks, whereas the Race points begin on 1 January and are an indicator of who will finish year-end No. 1.