Through Twitter, the tennis coach Roger Rasheed dropped a major praise on the world no. 1 Rafael Nadal. Following the Spanish player's three-set win over the Croat Marin Cilic, Rasheed wrote: 'Years of non-negotiable training and competing makes Nadal the competitive beast he is- sports all time greatest competitor of all time.
His willingness to make every moment count is rare to find- it gives security of mind when in battle.' Analyzing what it means for him going far in the Rogers Cup draw again, Nadal added: 'I said it before the tournament, I didn't practice a lot before here.
I needed some period off. And coming here is always difficult. Was the first match for me on -- the first tournament on hard after a while. And all the facts makes the tournament difficult. But being honest, semi-finals is a great result.
It is a Masters 1000. And when 19 of the top-20 players have been playing here, so being in semi-finals is great news. And without playing more or less well it's impossible to be in that round. Already won a couple of good matches against tough opponents.
So let's see how the things go tomorrow. A tough opponent. He's playing well. He's dangerous. He hit the ball so hard too. So let's see. I need to keep playing aggressive and keep serving well. Then we'll see. I'm happy about the things and I'm happy about my result, and it's an opportunity to keep going.' ALSO READ: Roger Federer: 'Rivalry with Rafael Nadal was more special than Djokovic's'