By Jake Davies

  • Stan Wawrinka [2] vs Kei Nishikori [3]
  • Novak Djokovic [1] vs Gael Monfils [10]
TORONTO, CANADA – The semi-finals are set at the Rogers Cup with all but one of the top four seeds making it to the final four.

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Stan Wawrinka [2] vs Kei Nishikori [3] H2H 3-1 Wawrinka

The No.2 and No.3 seeds reacquaint themselves for the first time in eighteen months as Wawrinka and Nishikori battle for a place in the Canada Masters final on Sunday.

Wawrinka commands a very respectable lead in the head-to-head against Nishikori. He has won three of the four previous meetings with the Japanese star, but Nishikori holds a win in the most memorable of match ups at the US Open in 2014, where he won in a five set marathon.

The Swiss No.2 is yet to salvage another Masters 1000 tier title since his shock win in Monte Carlo 2014. He will feel it is a long time overdue for him to get on the winners podium for the second time in his career at this level.

Nishikori has had a stellar year, but has not claimed a Masters 1000 crown as of yet. The closest he came was in the Madrid Masters final in 2014, where he lost to Rafael Nadal from 6-2 4-2 up – a back injury causing him to retire in that match.

Wawrinka is playing the better tennis this week and is maintaining great depth control off the backhand side, which really hurt his opponent Kevin Anderson in the Quarter-Finals. Nishikori will pose more questions due to his court coverage, but I feel Wawrinka’s additional firepower will give him the final word in tomorrow’s first semi-final.

Prediction: Wawrinka in 2 sets.

Novak Djokovic [1] vs Gael Monfils [10] H2H: 11-1 Djokovic

An inspirational display of well-measured tennis from Gael Monfils, prevented all the Top 4 seeds from clinching the semi-final places. Impressive serving combined with fantastic defensive capabilities allowed Monfils to break the hearts of the Canadian fans as he knocked out Milos Raonic in straight sets.

Djokovic was nowhere near his best in his particular Quarter-Final against Tomas Berdych – a man he has beaten 25 times and lost just the two. He saved 3 set points in the first set tiebreak as he persevered and waited for Berdych to unravel before his very eyes.

Monfils has not got the best record against the World No.1 either. He has won just the one match in twelve, but it remains to be seen whether he can bottle up the confidence that has contributed to his nine match winning streak.

I think the difference in this match up is that if Djokovic fails to play his very best tennis, he still has a great chance of pulling through and making his fifth Masters 1000 final of the year. While Monfils realistically has to play at the peak of his powers to get over the line against Djokovic. I think that is why Djokovic will edge this one.

Prediction: Djokovic in 2 sets.

The semi-finals begin at 3pm (8pm BST).

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