Published: Mon, August 13, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Greek teen Stefanos Tsitsipas reaches Rogers Cup final

Greek teen Stefanos Tsitsipas reaches Rogers Cup final

The loss concluded the tennis week of his life for Tsitsipas, who beat four Top 10 opponent in a row to reach the final. "Being in semifinals is great news at the start of the hard court season". Nadal just captured his 33rd Masters 1000 title after winning the Rogers Cup over Stefanos Tsitsipas. You don't win Masters 1000s very often. It's a very important moment for me.

Nadal struck back in the second with a concluding break to square the match before taking victory with a break in the final game on his third match point after more than two hours.

The second set was a similar story, with Stephens going 3-1 up after an early break.

The Greek then had set point on Nadal's serve only for the Spaniard to survive when his dink hit the net and fell on Tsitsipas' side of the court.

"I am very sorry to announce that I won't be playing in Cincinnati this year", Nadal wrote on Twitter.

"But that's how it is". I thought he played some really good tennis, especially when it mattered the most.

Nadal, much to the dismay of the many flag-waving Greek supporters in attendance, forced a tiebreak where he rallied back from a mini break and clinched the win with a crosscourt forehand victor for a record-extending 33rd Masters title.

The World No.1 has been in blistering form all year, and would have been amongst the favourites to win.

But the Frenchman, who produced 40 winners to just 15 from Murray, closed it out at the third attempt.

"It's been an fantastic week for me", he said.

Nadal forced a tiebreaker where he rallied back from a mini break and sealed the win with a crosscourt forehand.

Stephens had dominated the first set, scoring two early breaks to race into a 4-0 lead against a hesitant Svitolina.

The world's number one ranked player went on to praise Tsitsipas in his post-match interview, although it was the sportsmanship of the 32-year-old which stole the show.

A closely fought match would eventually go in favour of the 2016 champion Halep, who held her nerve to triumph 7-6, 3-6, 6-4. "So that's the experience that I have", he said.

The American returned the compliment. "All along I could feel the crowd support, I knew I was still in the match".

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