Rafael Nadal withdraws from Western & Southern Open

Ross Houston
August 13, 2018

World number one Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Cincinnati Masters in a bid to stay healthy following his Toronto success.

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

It turns out he's quite the Greek philosopher as he wrote "It never gets easier, you just get better" on TV cameras after his semifinal win.

However Nadal later raised doubts about he would be chasing an 81st title at next week's event in Cincinnati, refusing to confirm that he would play the event as scheduled.

Romanian Halep, who had beaten Stephens in Paris in June, claimed her second Montreal title in three years and third for the 2018 season.

"I'm secure and I'm aggressive at the same time", Tsitsipas said.

Two weeks ago, Murray pulled out of his Washington Open quarter-final after only finishing his last-16 win at 03:02 local time earlier the same day.

The 32-year-old later announced that he would skip the Masters tournament in Cincinnati this week to rest and get ready for the US Open, which begins on August 27. "This trophy means a lot".

Nadal won his 80th ATP World Tour title on Monday morning and spoiled the 20th birthday celebrations of Stefanos Tsitsipas. As I say to him, I can't answer the question.

It will be the teenager's first career appearance in an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final.

"The patience that Rafa has is fantastic".

As the players moved in and posed for the photo, the youngster refused to budge, confused as to why he had to make his way off the court.

"It's true ... that's how you feel when you play against him".

Tsitsipas is taking the lesson he learned on court to heart: "I'm really hungry for more".

"Then arrived the moment that I had to close the match, and I played a awful game, no?"

Tsitsipas picked up a mini-break in the first-set tiebreaker but Anderson stormed back to take six points in a row, helped in part by three misses from his opponent.

Tsitsipas, who became the first unseeded finalist at the Canadian event since Germany's Nicolas Kiefer in 2008, would force a set point on Nadal's serve.

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