Rafael Nadal claimed his 33rd ATP Masters 1000 title with victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Canadian Open final on Sunday, although it was a remarkable act of sportsmanship that defined the 80th title of his career.
"If you told me this two weeks ago I would not have believed it", Nadal said in his on-court interview.
Tsitsipas, who turns 20 on Sunday, faced one match point before progressing against the world number six to reach to his first final on the main ATP world tour after nearly three hours.
Stefanos Tsitsipas saved two match points to beat defending champion Alexander Zverev in their quarterfinal contest 3-6, 7-6 (13/11), 6-4.
Tsitsipas broke and forced a second-set tiebreaker, where Nadal steadied the ship and elevated his game once again.
Rafael Nadal recovered from a slow start, overcoming Marin Cilic 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 as the Spaniard's chase for a long-sought ATP Masters title on hardcourt heated up Friday. They have made the semifinals at the Washington ATP500 tour event and now a Masters 1000 final and will be confident of making a deep run at the US Open later this month.
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"These kind of matches you need to play very well to win, and that's what I'm going to try".
"No one wants to keep watching you play when the [king] arrives", Kyrgios wrote in an Instagram post featuring the two men on adjacent courts. Nadal said afterwards. "I got a little bit tight and nervous".
"I am very thankful to my friend Andre Silva, tournament director of the Cincinnati tournament, who after speaking to him on the phone understood what I said and understands the situation". I would never imagine that I could pull this out in a single tournament. Numerous forehand errors by Halep gave Stephens a 4-0 lead in the tiebreak and the American went up 6-4 before Halep rallied, crushing a backhand down the line to earn her first set point, which she converted. Ranked 27th, Tsitsipas will jump to 12th with a victory Sunday and to 15th with a loss when the new rankings are released Monday.
The kid beat four top-10 players to make it to the Rogers Cup final.
Venus and his South African partner Raven Klaasen lost 6-2 6-7 (7) 10-6 in 1 hour 25 minutes to second seeds Henri Kontinen and John Peers.
Nadal now heads to Cincinnati for next week's concluding major tuneup before the US Open.