Tennis
Toronto Masters

Nadal sets up Tsitsipas showdown in Rogers Cup final

Share this with
Copy
Share this article

Rafael Nadal

Image credit: Getty Images

ByPA Sport
12/08/2018 at 08:02 | Updated 12/08/2018 at 09:03

World number one Rafael Nadal eased past Russia’s Karen Khachanov 7-6 (7/3) 6-4 to reach the final of the Rogers Cup in Toronto.

Pursuing his fourth tournament title, the Spaniard saw off his unseeded opponent in one hour and 49 minutes under lights after rain delayed play.

Firing off six aces over the match, Khachanov got off to a resilient start, breaking back after losing his serve in the second game. He fought back from a break point again in the eighth and the set went all the way to a tiebreak.

Tennis

Toni Nadal explains what makes Rafa's forehand so unique and special

22/05/2020 AT 09:14

Nadal proved to have the edge in that, though, and the 32-year-old finished things off in the second set after breaking in the third game, keeping him on track for a record 33rd title at Masters 1000 level.

Nadal said in quotes reported by the Rogers Cup Twitter account: “I’m happy about everything. Of course, I can play a little bit better. I believe I can do it.”

Awaiting Nadal in the final is Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas, who had earlier caused another upset as he battled past Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson 6-7 (4/7) 6-4 7-6 (9/7).

Tsitsipas, who turns 20 on Sunday, faced one match point before progressing against the world number six to reach to his first final on the main ATP world tour after almost three hours.

He had beaten world number eight Dominic Thiem in the second round and then dispatched Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic before beating Alexander Zverev in the quarter-finals.

Nadal added of his final opponent:

He’s a complete player. He has passion for the game. He’s not just one thing, he’s got everything.

Whatever the outcome on his birthday, Tsitsipas is expected to climb into the world’s top 15 following his superb run of form.

Tennis

Yearly lockdown would be good for planet, says Tsitsipas

21/05/2020 AT 17:43
Tennis

Exclusive: Nadal's inner circle on his elite mentality, and being a 'beast' on court

21/05/2020 AT 11:19
Related Topics
TennisToronto MastersRafael NadalKevin AndersonMore
Share this with
Copy
Share this article

Latest News

Roland-Garros

#YouSayWePlay - Vote to watch your favourite one-time Roland-Garros champion

14 HOURS AGO

Latest Videos

Tennis

When Nadal got annoyed by a baby - Roland-Garros 2019

00:00:45

Most popular

Tennis

When Nadal got annoyed by a baby - Roland-Garros 2019

15 HOURS AGO
View more