toronto18nadal_tsitsipas

toronto18nadal_tsitsipas

Points won by each set: [ 28-16, 40-35 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
21 % Nadal – 12 of 57
24 % Tsitsipas – 15 of 62

[27] Tsitsipas’ second ATP final and another against Nadal [1] which almost became a copy of the first one played between them, in Barcelona a couple of months earlier when the Spaniard triumphed 6-2, 6-1 in 78 minutes. In the Canadian Open encounter the basic ground-strokes of the Greek proved to be too delicate again, Nadal was penetrating the court with his topspin forehand throughout to lead 6-2 5:3* (15/0) after 70 minutes. Then the 20-year-old Greek increased his level to almost win four straight games – his set point at 6:5* Nadal fought off with a net-cord FH dropshot. “He was normal like all of us and he managed to become this beast, this monster that he is today,” Tsitsipas said. “It’s true… that’s how you feel when you play against him. I need to work much more and hopefully I can reach his level one day.”

Nadal’s route to his 80th title (33rd Masters 1K):
2 Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-3
3 Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 7-6(4)
Q Marin Cilic 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
S Karen Khachanov 7-6(3), 6-4
W Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 7-6(4)

# Nadal found himself 4-all (30-all) on serve in the 3rd set vs Cilic; Tsitsipas advanced to the final winning back-to-back matches from match point(s) down (A.Zverev, Anderson)

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