Nadal wins record 33rd Masters title at Rogers Cup in Toronto

Ross Houston
August 13, 2018

World number one Rafael Nadal on Sunday stormed into the final of the Rogers Cup after he saw off Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation in their men's singles semi-final match.

"It's been nearly 10 years (2010) since I last played in Toronto", Nadal said of the event which comes to the city in even-number years as it trades with Montreal.

Tsitsipas is the youngest player to post three top 10 wins at a single tournament since the 19-year-old Nadal at Monte Carlo in 2006.

Anderson missed out on a match point off his own serve as Tsitsipas slammed over a backhand cross-court victor.

Despite trailing 3-2 in the tiebreak session, Nadal seized five of the next six points to leave Toronto with some pretty nice hardware.

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.

"On the one match point that I had, he came up with an unbelievable backhand cross-court victor - it was a very impressive effort from him". Canada is a tournament that I play well a lot of times in my career.

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. "I can not believe it", the superstar tennis player said.

Tsitsipas, who stood well back of the baseline when receiving Anderson's blistering serves, managed the only service break of the game in the third game of the second set with an overhead smash.

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

The outcome over Anderson was decided in a tight third-set tiebreaker, with Tsitsipas blowing his first two winning chances with a double-fault and a forehand error. "I felt I played really well right from the beginning", Anderson said. "It feels like I'm never losing it".

He beat World No. 6 Kevin Anderson, eighth-ranked Dominic Thiem, World No. 10 Novak Djokovic and German No. 3 Alexander Zverev earlier in the week. He'll crack the top 15 in the world rankings next week.

The Rogers Cup final is slated to be held on August 13. The Spaniard also became the fourth player in the Open Era to win 80 titles and is now behind the likes of Ivan Lendll, Roger Federer, and Jimmy Connors.

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