Rafael Nadal, number one in the world, stopped the Stefanos Tsitsipas’ effect and embittered the 20th birthday of the Greek tennis player, a sensation from the Masters 1000 of Toronto which was conquered for the fourth time by the Spaniard to reach the 80th title of his career, a figure only reached before by the Swiss Roger Federer and the Americans Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl.
Nadal, who won by 6-2 and 7-6 (4) in one hour and 43 minutes, frustrated the expectations of the young Hellene, driven to his second final, after Barcelona, first of a Masters 1000, after leaving in the way to four ‘top ten’: the South African Kevin Anderson, the Austrian Dominic Thiem, the Serbian Novak Djokovic and the German Alexander Zverev could not before with Tsitsipas.
Tsitsipas, who on Saturday had become the youngest player in history to win four players among the top ten in the world in a single tournament, didn’t find a way to face against Nadal. He only had options in the final stretch of the second, when it seemed to resurrect and even had a set point that wasted.
Athenian player didn’t know how to amend a clash which had twisted from the beginning. Tsitsipas won the first game but lost the next five. He went against the grain and was not supported by the temperance needed to take over the situation. Mistakes of youth.
Far from amending the outlook in the second set, the Greek suffered a new break from the start that unbalanced the situation and made his outlook even worse.
It was enough for Nadal, who had already surpassed the Greek in the final of the Conde de Godó tournament, the only precedent between the two, with keeping his serve. On the only occasion when he didn’t, in the tenth game of the second set, he suffered. He had to save a set point and regain command in the ‘tie break’, which ultimately gave him the victory.
The Spaniard, the first player of the season to secure his presence in the Masters Cup at the end of the year, added the Toronto Masters 1000, the thirty-third that he has accumulated, to the list of trophies won in 2018: Roland Garros, Masters 1000 of Rome and Monte Carlo, and the Barcelona tournament. Toronto is the first to get this course on a surface outside the clay.
Tsitsipas, who could become the youngest player to win an event of this category since Djokovic did in 2017, gradually diluted resigned before a superior rival.
Nadal added in Toronto the 80th title of his career. He joined Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer and Ivan Lendl, the only players of the Open Era to reach that number of successes. It was with the fourth crown of the Toronto Masters 1000, something that had not been achieved so far in a tournament on hard court. (August 13, 2018, EFE/Practica Español)
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Rafa Nadal tiene posibilidades de ganar el Master 1.000 de Toronto.
Rafa Nadal se ha clasificado para disputar la final del Master 1.000 de Toronto.
Rafa Nadal ha ganado la final del Master 1.000 de Toronto.
No se sabe.
el tenista griego no pudo celebrar su cumpleaños al tener que jugar el partido.
el tenista español perdió un partido celebrado justo en el día de su cumpleaños.
le derrotó justo en el día en el que este cumplía años.
esta es la primera vez que Nadal gana este torneo.
esta es la tercera vez que Nadal gana el Master 1.000 de Toronto.
Nadal ha vuelto a ganar este torneo.
porque es la primera vez que juega una final.
porque venció a varios tenistas que están en el top 10 en este torneo.
porque llegó a vencer al número uno del mundo.
está muy cerca de igualar a Federer en relación con el número de títulos conseguidos.
tiene el mismo número de trofeos que otros grandes tenistas.
se convierte en el primer tenista que ha ganado 80 títulos.
Nadal está cada vez más cerca de ganar su primer Masters 1.000 de Cincinnati.
Nadal ha vuelto a ganar el Masters 1.000 de Cincinnati.
Nadal ha logrado ganar por primera vez el Masters 1.000 de Cincinnati.
casi dos horas.
una hora y media.
más de dos horas.