Stan Wawrinka played arguably the best match of his comeback on Thursday at the Rogers Cup.
Wawrinka played with great fluency and showcased high fighting qualities in a 7-5, 7-6(4) loss to three-time former champion and World No. 1 Rafael Nadal in the Toronto third round.
Nadal escaped from 0/40 at 4-4 in the first set and then ended a 46-minute break due to rain at 5-6. Upon the resumption of play, Nadal immediately broke and took a 2-0 lead in the second set. But Wawrinka went on a run of four straight games for a 5-4 advantage, prior to being broken for 5-5.
Wawrinka had beaten World No. 17 Nick Kyrgios 1-6, 7-5, 7-5 in the first round and No. 51-ranked Marton Fucsovics 1-6, 7-6(2, 7-6(10) in the second round in Toronto.