World number four Kei Nishikori was elated with his performance after the Japanese ace beat Rafael Nadal in straight sets to advance to the semi-finals of the Rodgers Cup in Montreal.
Nishikori, the third seed in Canada this week, finally got one over the 14-time grand slam winner after losing the seven previous matches against the Spaniard.
After breaking Nadal's serve twice in the first set, Nishikori never relinquished his advantage and claimed the opening set 6-2.
Two more service breaks followed in the second set, and although last year's US Open runner-up was broken in the sixth game, Nadal was unable to make further inroads as the Japanese player claimed the second 6-4
"It took a long time to beat Rafa," the 25-year-old Nishikori said after the match.
"I don't usually like to play against him, but the last couple of matches — I had chances in Australia and in Madrid last year — so I knew I was close.
"Today, I was almost dominating everything, so I'm very happy,"