Nadal wins Rogers Cup, ending Tsitsipas’s fairy tale

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Prime-seeded Rafael Nadal defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 7-6 (4) on Sunday to win the Rogers Cup males’s singles title at Aviva Centre.

Nadal transformed on his first match level of the tiebreaker to win his 33rd profession ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown.

Tsitsipas, who beat 4 top-10 gamers to achieve his first profession Masters 1000 ultimate, had no actual reply for the world No. 1 in entrance of a near-sellout crowd on a heat, sunny afternoon.

Nadal was regular and efficient, utilizing punishing groundstrokes to work Tsitsipas across the courtroom. The Greek teenager, who turned 20 Sunday, appeared flummoxed at instances and by no means actually discovered his rhythm.

Transferring on up

It was nonetheless an unbelievable week for Tsitsipas, who will transfer from 27th to 15th when the brand new world rankings are launched Monday. He beat No. eight Dominic Thiem, No. 10 Novak Djokovic, No. three Alexander Zverev and No. 6 Kevin Anderson earlier than falling to Nadal.

Each Nadal and Tsitsipas held at love of their opening service video games earlier than the veteran Spaniard went to work. He transformed his third break-point alternative of the sport when Tsitsipas volleyed huge.

Tsitsipas did not disguise his frustration on the early deficit, pulling out the spare ball from his pocket and launching it out of the stadium.

Photographs that had been working earlier within the week — floating drops from the backcourt or off-speed serves — both hit the online or fed into Nadal’s palms. Tsitsipas was left muttering to himself and shaking his head after the primary set was accomplished.

The Spaniard did not let up within the second set as he broke Tsitsipas within the opening recreation.

Nadal’s punishing tempo and consistency set him as much as serve for the match, however Tsitsipas lastly confirmed flashes of his play from earlier within the week. He received the primary two factors of the sport and transformed his second break-point alternative to drag even at 5-5.

Tsitsipas picked up a mini-break within the tiebreaker, however a pair unforced errors proved pricey. Down 4-5, Tsitsipas discovered the online to provide Nadal two match factors.

Nadal got here by way of with an inside-out winner for the victory, falling to his knees and shouting to the sky in pleasure.

Nadal, who received their solely earlier assembly within the Barcelona ultimate earlier this season, improved to 4-Zero in Rogers Cup finals. It was his fifth title of the yr and 80th of his profession.

Nadal, 32, earned $1.02 million US with the victory whereas Tsitsipas pocketed $500,340.

https://www.cbc.ca/sports/tennis/rogers-cup-final-tsitsipas-nadal-1.4782498?cmp=rss

 

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