Seeded Nadal defeats Tsitsipas in Toronto for 80th career ATP title

Nadal drops out of Cincinnati, scuttling 'Big 4' reunion

Nadal drops out of Cincinnati, scuttling 'Big 4' reunion

Top seed Nadal fought back from a set down to beat sixth seeded Croatian Marin Cilic 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, while Khachanov dispatched Dutchman Robin Haase 6-3, 6-1.

"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.

Nadal then interjected and insisted the umpire give Tsitsipas the point.

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

It was the world number 27's fourth consecutive win over a top 10 opponent at the tournament.

His stunning performance on the tennis courts has left the world in awe, who will be cheering him on in his first career appearance in an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final. 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.

The variety seemed to work against the hard-serving South African, who did not convert one of his four-break point opportunities in the two-hour 48-minute match.

"I think the biggest thing I was impressed with was definitely his mentality", Anderson said about Tsitsipas.

"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 understand the situation". The win marks the fourth Rogers Cup championship since Nadal first won at the annual Canadian event in 2005.

The young, ambitious tennis player said he "had a goal from when I was a child, I had dreams from young and I want to achieve all of them as an adult".

For the first time since the match's opening set, Tsitsipas took his first lead but it didn't last long.

In the second, Nadal went about finishing up his business with a break in the third game and on his way to the win in just over an hour and a quarter. "Obviously I'm sad I lost, but losing to the number one player isn't too bad". He beat No. 8 Dominic Thiem, No. 10 Novak Djokovic, No. 3 Alexander Zverev and No. 6 Kevin Anderson before falling to Nadal. Ranked 27th, Tsitsipas will jump to 12th with a victory Sunday and to 15th with a loss when the new rankings are released Monday.

Third seed Sloane Stephens, last year's US Open champion, is also through after the American overcame Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova 6-2, 6-2.

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