Rogers Cup: Nadal passes Federer for most ATP Masters 1000 finals

Rafael Nadal moved into his 51st ATP Masters 1000 final after Gael Monfils' withdrawal in Montreal.

Rafael Nadal will defend his Rogers Cup title against Daniil Medvedev on Sunday.   -  Getty Images

Rafael Nadal surpassed Roger Federer for most ATP Masters 1000 finals after Gael Monfils withdrew from their Rogers Cup semifinal.

Nadal, the top seed and defending champion, was scheduled to face the Frenchman in a last-four clash in Montreal on Saturday.

However, Monfils withdrew before the encounter, the 32-year-old having edged Roberto Bautista Agut in a quarterfinal earlier in the day.

 

The clash between Monfils and Bautista Agut was pushed back due to rain before the former needed almost two and a half hours to win 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (2).

Nadal will aim for his fifth Rogers Cup title when he faces Russian Daniil Medvedev in the final in what will be their first meeting.

It will mark his 51st ATP Masters 1000 final, moving ahead of Federer (50) and Novak Djokovic (49).

 

The Spaniard also has a chance to extend his record for most ATP Masters 1000 titles, sitting on 34 – one more than Djokovic.

Nadal broke another record of Federer's earlier this week, passing the Swiss great for most match wins at Masters events.

- Medvedev beats Khachanov to reach first Masters final -

Daniil Medvedev continued his impressive run at the Rogers Cup, reaching his first ATP Masters 1000 final with a straight-sets win over Karen Khachanov.

Medvedev is yet to drop a set in Montreal and the eighth seed overcame fellow Russian Khachanov 6-1, 7-6 (6) in their semifinal.

 

The 23-year-old moved into his ninth ATP Tour final – and fifth of the year – but first at Masters level.

Medvedev dominated the first set against Khachanov, losing just three points on serve and breaking twice. Khachanov twice came from a break down in the second set before giving up a 4-2 lead in the tie-break, Medvedev winning four of the final five points to progress.