Rafa Nadal beats Stefanos Tstitipas to win Rogers Cup title
13 August, 2018, 06:19 | Author: Suzanne Horton
Stefanos Tsitsipas, of Greece, reacts after defeating Alexander Zverev, of Germany, in Rogers Cup quarterfinal tennis tournament action in Toronto, Friday, Aug. 10, 2018.
Tsitsipas, who was playing in his maiden ATP Masters 1000 final on his 20th birthday after four consecutive wins over top-10 players in Toronto, threw all he had at Nadal but was ultimately beaten 6-2 7-6 (7-4). "It feels like I'm never losing it".
Backhand should be one of the key elements for both players, together with the first serve percentage that will probably define the Greek's chances.
Tsitsipas's breakout season has included a run to the final in Barcelona - where he lost to Nadal in their only previous meeting - and semifinal appearances in Estoril and Washington.
It was still an incredible week for Tsitsipas, who will move from 27th to 15th when the new world rankings are released Monday. He fought back from a break point again in the eighth and the set went all the way to a tiebreak. It was the opening Nadal needed as he won the next three games to take the commanding 5-1 lead. While Tsitsipas struggled to break Nadal's precise service game, he broke through when he needed to the most. "I think the match was absolutely pathetic on all levels", Zverev said. "He stayed pretty solid throughout the match".
Tsitsipas admitted he was so focused on each point in the third-set tiebreaker that he actually lost track of the score. Tsitsipas could not endure the rallies against the toughest possible rival and he sent another forehand wide to lose his serve at the start of set number two, sealing his fate when his forehand landed long in game three to fall 6-2 3-0 behind.
"Sometimes when you concentrate too much, you lose the reality of what's happening", he said with a laugh. "You'll get that from me many more times". The win marks the fourth Rogers Cup championship since Nadal first won at the annual Canadian event in 2005.
Khachanov, the world No. 38 from Russian Federation, lost his first set of the week to the three-time Rogers Cup champion.
But 32-year-old Nadal, the 17-time grand slam victor, went on to triumph in the battle of the generations. Anderson beat fifth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-2. It's expected to be the last competitive appearance for the 45-year-old Toronto player.
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