Dutchman Robin Haase produced an upset with his take-down of seventh seed Grigor Dimitrov 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-1, while 12th seed Roberto Bautista Agut outlasted France's Gael Monfils 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-2).
Considering the kind of season Nadal is having (which, going by total points, is better than anyone's, even Roger Federer), anything is possible.
Nadal opens in Montreal against either Croatia's Borna Coric or Russian Mikhail Youzhny.
"Every time I look at him, I think what a ridiculous athlete and what a ridiculous player he is".
If you were going to predict this match to end in less than one hour, you would probably expect the No. 3 seed to get the win over the opponent ranked No. 934 in the world. He defeated Rogerio Dutra Silve and Juan Marin Del Poro (2009 U.S. Open champion) which led to his victory on Thursday night. "He played with the right determination in the important moments", Nadal said. And the 19-time men's singles Grand Slam champion is hoping that his long-time rival reaches the summit this week. His serve is already excellent, and whilst his groundstrokes can wilt when he gets nervous, as seen by his failed attempt to serve out the match against Del Potro, that will surely improve with age.
"You know, my dream came true today".
The lanky wild card kissed the Montreal court after completing a rousing 3-6 6-4 7-6 (4) triumph as the 18-year-old became the youngest player to ever reach the quarter-finals of an ATP Masters 1000 event. "At the beginning of the match there were great points". "I have to adjust my game a little bit just because the bounce of the ball is so much higher here than at Wimbledon, and there's wind, which in Wimbledon we didn't have much of".
'But I was happy that I was very focused on my service games. I was rather anxious about how I was going to come out of it", Federer said, "When I did come out of it, I was happy I woke up again, but I was sad that I had an operated knee.
Fourth seed Alexander Zverev extended his winning streak on hard courts to seven matches as he beat Nick Kyrgios 6-4 6-3.
Federer attributed his renaissance to rediscovering full fitness after knee surgery in 2016 and taking a two-month break from the game earlier this year.
But with Osaka clearly in discomfort, the Japanese teenager scratched in the decider, leaving Pliskova to advance 6-2, 6-7 (4/7), 1-0.
He said that "Denis played well, he has great potential and I wish him all the best".
Pliskova is to move on to play sixth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, who defeated 10th-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-3, 6-1. Denis Shapovalov is from Richmond Hill, Ont., not Thornhill, Ont.