Top seed Novak Djokovic will meet Spaniard Rafael Nadal in the semi-final of the Rogers Cup in Montreal, after the Serb saw off Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-1, 6-2 in a quarter-final duet that lasted for only 52 minutes.
Fourth seed Nadal beat Australian qualifier Marinko Matosevic 6-2, 6-4 but has since then admitted that the world number one is the favourite to progress to the final, being that the contest will be played on hard court.
“The conditions here are probably more favourable for him,” said the 27-year-old Spaniard.
“Yes, we are playing on hard, but especially the conditions here. It’s one of the fastest courts of the hard-court tournaments outdoors.”
The last time the pair met was in the epic semi-final of Roland Garros where Nadal emerge a 9-7 fifth set victor, after four-and-a-half hours in Paris in May.
Nadal leads Djokovic 20-15 in their previous meetings but Djokovic has won four of their last eleven meetings on hard court similar to those in Montreal.
“Hard court is my preferred surface,” the 26-year-old Serb said. “I feel that that’s maybe the place where I have more chances against him than on clay definitely.”
Canadians Vasek Pospisil and Milos Raonic meet in the other semi-final.
World number 13, Raonoic, overcame Andy Murray’s conqueror Ernest Gulbis 7-6, 4-6, 6-4 in a contest that lasted for 2-and-a-half hour.
He now plays 71st seed Pospisil, who emerged winner when opponent Nikolay Davydenko retired because of illness while trailing 3-0 in the first set.