'What was that?': Nadal stuns with 'out of this world' winner

Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka have battled out one of the best non-grand slam matches in recent years.

The World No.1 only just scraped past the resurgent Wawrinka 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) at the Rogers Cup in Canada on Friday, with both men produced a number of incredible shots.

Nadal left commentators stunned in the first set when he managed to produce an unbelievable angle to win a point that looked certain to go Stan’s way.

The Spaniard cut a sublime backhand slice straight across the front of Wawrinka as the the Swiss player was advancing to the net, leaving him no hope of a return.

Rafael Nadal left Stan Wawrinka with no answer. Image: Tennis TV/Getty

“What was that!?” one commentator exclaimed.

“Out of this world.”

But not to be outdone, Wawrinka produced an incredible winner of his own in the second set.

Chasing back on a ball over his head, Wawrinka turned and flicked a lunging forehand winner straight past Nadal at the net, earning a standing ovation from the crowd.

“Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better!” the commentator said.

“What a bit of skill that is.”

The amazing shot-making from both players was the talk of social media.








A 45-minute rain interruption did little to stop Nadal reaching the quarter-finals.

The halt in proceedings came 63 minutes into the opening set, after Wawrinka saved a Nadal set point for 5-all, with the Spaniard then holding serve for 6-5.

When the weather passed, the pair returned, with Nadal wrapping up the set on his second chance.

The second set was a battle as the Swiss, a three-time Grand Slam champion, fought back from an early break down, took a 2-1 lead, with the pair again trading breaks in the fifth and tenth games.

Rafael Nadal celebrates victory against Stan Wawrinka. Image: Getty

Nadal came from a mini-break down in the tiebreaker and secured victory on his second match point.

“It was a good match, a very positive victory for me over a tough opponent,” Nadal said.

“I’m happy to see Stan playing well again. We had a good quality of tennis.

“I’m very pleased, I needed a match like this. It does much for the confidence.”

Nadal’s win was his 17th from 20 played against Wawrinka.

Teenager stuns Djokovic in massive boilover

Greek teen Stefanos Tsitsipas has sent Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic packing with a stunning 6-3 6-7 (7-5) 6-3 win.

A confident Tsitsipas sent a blistering forehand to the back corner while the ninth-seeded Serbian was heading the other way on his first match point, looking at his box in disbelief.

“It’s a dream of any kid out there in this world, any kid that’s playing tennis, to beat these kinds of players, so I can call it the best moment of my life,” a shocked Tsitsipas said.

“I never expected to beat such a top-ranked player and such a high-respected player like Novak.”

The Greek teen made some crucial errors near the end of the second set that allowed Djokovic, a four-time winner of the tournament, to set up a decider.

However, Tsitsipas did well to break Djokovic for a 2-0 lead in the third set and never looked back.

Tsitsipas will next face second seed Alexander Zverev, who breezed past Daniil Medvedev 6-3 6-2.

Anderson and Dimitrov set up showdown

In other results, fourth seed and Wimbledon runner-up Kevin Anderson downed Ilya Ivashka of Belarus in straight sets.

The big-serving sixth-ranked South African hit 15 aces and won 86 per cent of first serves in en route to the 7-5 6-3 victory.

Grigor Dimitrov had a tougher time in his round-of-16 match against American Frances Tiafoe.

He won on a third-set tie-break – his second in as many days – 7-6 (7-1) 3-6 7-6 (7-4).

Dimitrov and Anderson will face each other on Friday for the eighth time. Dimitrov has won six of those matches.

Canadian teen Denis Shapovalov went down to Robin Haase, losing 7-5, 6-2, ending local interest.

The Dutch winner will take on Karen Khachanov, who beat eighth seed John Isner 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/1)

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