Published: Mon, August 13, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Nadal ends Tsitsipas' Toronto run on Greek's 20th birthday

Nadal ends Tsitsipas' Toronto run on Greek's 20th birthday

Rafael Nadal held off a late surge from birthday boy Stefanos Tsitsipas to earn a 6-2, 7-6 (7/4) victory in the final of the Toronto Masters on Sunday.

Nadal says if you told him two weeks ago he would win this event, he wouldn't have believed it.

The young man had the pleasure of helping with the toss, before getting to have his photo taken with Nadal and Tsitsipas.

Nadal forced a tiebreaker where he rallied back from a mini break and sealed the win with a crosscourt forehand.

The Greek teenager, who turns 20 on Sunday's final day, defeated his third straight top 10 opponent at the tournament after knocking out Dominic Thiem in the second round and 13-time major victor Novak Djokovic in the third.

World No 1 Rafael Nadal has pulled out of this week's Cincinnati Masters.

He will be playing his 116th ATP final and stands two wins away from 80 trophies.

The variety seemed to work against the hard-serving South African, who did not convert one of his four-break point opportunities in the two-hour 48-minute match.

"Credit to them they played better than us today".

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Tsitsipas will next face Wimbledon runner-up Kevin Anderson, who beat Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-2.

"To win this match is important, it's very important to be in the final of Toronto", Nadal, 32, said after running his season record to 39-3 in a match which ended after midnight local time. The South African had a match point of his own at 7-6, but Tsitsipas came through with a brilliant backhand crosscourt victor to pull even.

"You make me play better and better every time we play", Halep said of Stephens.

"It's an unbelievable feeling to be able to talk again at this ceremony as a victor", Halep said.

"Not only was I accepting some tough personal stuff, but I just was in a funk", Williams said in an Instagram post.

Tsitsipas beat the fourth-seeded Anderson after topping seventh-seeded Dominic Thiem, ninth-seeded Novak Djokovic and second-seeded defending champion Alexander Zverev to reach his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semifinal.

Tsitsipas is the first unseeded Rogers Cup finalist since Nicolas Kiefer lost to Nadal in 2008.

He will jump from 27th to 15th in the world on Monday.

American third seed Stephens surged into Sunday's final against world number one Halep after overpowering Svitolina 6-3, 6-3 in the day's second semi-final.

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