Top seed Rafael Nadal takes on unseeded Karen Khachanov in the men's singles semi-final of Rogers Cup 2018 in Toronto, Canada on Saturday, August 11.

When does the match start and how to watch it live

The Rogers Cup semi-final will not start before 8 pm local time, 5:30 am IST (Sunday), 12 am GMT (Sunday).

Sony ESPN and Sony ESPN HD will provide live television coverage of the match in India. The live stream will be available on Sony Liv.

What to expect from the semi-final

Nadal became the first player to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals this season on Friday when he survived a stiff test against sixth seed Marin Cilic in the quarter-final of the ongoing ATP Masters 1000 tournament.

The world number one was blown away in the first set as Cilic hit 17 winners. However, the Spaniard fought back, finding form in the second set. Nadal broke when his Croatian opponent was serving to stay in the set.

Nadal maintained the intensity as he once again broke Cilic at 5-4 to take the deciding set and reach his sixth semi-final in Toronto.

Nadal feeling confident ahead of the big test

Rafael Nadal
Nadal needed three sets to outclass Cilic in Friday's quarter-final.Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

Reaching his first hard-court semi-final ahead of US Open is an important achievement, according to the 17-time Grand Slam champion.

"It means a lot to me to be in the semi-finals. It's because it was a very important match for me. Being in the semi-finals is great news at the start of the hardcourt season. And winning three good matches in the first Masters 1000 is so important for me," Nadal said after his win on Friday.

With the likes of Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev knocked out, Nadal is the favourite to finish on the top step of the podium on Sunday.

The numero uno has a 3-0 head-to-head record against Khachanov, with the most recent win coming at Monte Carlo Masters earlier this year.

The 22-year-old though has been in red-hot form in the ongoing tournament, taking out the likes of Pablo Carreno Busta, John Isner, and Robin Haase in straight sets.

Karen Khachanov
Karen Khachanov has dropped a set in the ongoing tournament yet.Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images

Khachanov, with his powerful forehand, is capable of troubling the best in business. However, he has struggled against Nadal in all the three previous meetings. It may need a special effort from the Russian if he wants to stop his in-form opponent.

Rogers Cup 2018: TV Guide

    • US: ESPN, Tennis Channel
    • UK: Sky Sports Main Event
    • Germany: Sky
    • Greece; OTE
    • Latin America: ESPN
    • South Africa: Supersport
    • Taiwan: Sportcast