Rafael Nadal takes on familiar foe Marin Cilic in the men's singles quarter-final of Rogers Cup 2018 in Toronto, Canada on Friday, August 10.
When does the match start and how to watch it live
The quarter-final tie will not start before 8 pm local time, 5:30 pm IST (Saturday) and 12 am GMT (Saturday).
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.
Nadal vs Cilic preview
Nadal was made to work hard for his fourth ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final of the season by wildcard entrant and comeback man Stanislas Wawrinka in a pulsating third-round match on Sunday.
The scoreline — 7-5, 7-6(4) in favour of Nadal — doesn't make justice the action that was on display in Toronto as the Wawrinka played some of his best tennis since the comeback from a knee surgery earlier this year.
Nadal needed a second-set tiebreaker to fend off the stern challenge from Wawrinka. The Spaniard revealed that he relished the challenge and the win has come as a good confidence booster.
Notably, Nadal hasn't played much on hard courts this season as he had skipped the Sunshine Double after his Australian Open quarter-final withdrawal against Cilic.
"It was a good match. Of course, a very positive victory for me against a very tough opponent. Happy to see Stan playing that well again. So I am very pleased. That's what I needed, a match like this to be a little bit more confident and I did it," Nadal said.
The top seed, now considered the overwhelming favourite to win the final on Sunday, Aug 12 after Novak Djokovic's shock defeat to Stefanos Tsitsipas yesterday, has met Cilic seven times in his career and won five of those meetings.
However, Cilic, who reached the Australian Open final earlier this year, will be hoping to hit peak form, ahead of the next hard-court Grand Slam in US Open. Having beaten Borna Coric and Diego Schwartzman with considerable ease, the Croat will be hoping to trouble the top seed later today.
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