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"To win this match is important, it's very important to be in the final of Toronto", Nadal said after running his season record to 39-3 in a match which ended after midnight local time.

Rafael Nadal of Spain with the champions trophy following his win in the final match against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece on Day 7 of the Rogers Cup at Aviva Centre on August 12, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. Tsitsipas was left muttering to himself and shaking his head after the first set was completed. I resisted, I played with the right tactic.

Tsitsipas picked up a mini-break in the first-set tiebreaker but Anderson stormed back to take six points in a row, helped in part by three misses from his opponent.

Tsitsipas is attempting to become the first player since Albert Portas at Hamburg in 2001 to win his first ATP World Tour title at a Masters 1000 event.

'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.

Spanish 13th seed Pablo Carreno Busta started his week with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 defeat of France's Richard Gasquet, while Japan's Kei Nishikori put out Russian Andrey Rublev, 7-5, 6-3. I really just finished, do pictures with all the staff here.

"The patience that Rafa has is wonderful".

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Tsitsipas rallied from a set and 5-2 down to turn the tables on Zverev, who had been bidding for a fourth Masters 1000 title.

Tsitsipas earned his first break of the match in the 10th game of the second set and then held serve to pull within one game of levelling the contest but Nadal, who had looked out of sorts for a short spell, found his way out of the jam.

Tsitsipas did then eked out a set point on the Nadal serve which the Spaniard saved with the help of a net cord.

Nadal went down 15-40 after throwing in a double fault, giving Tsitsipas two shots at breaking back.

"This shows that with dedication and work, dreams do come true", Tsitsipas said.

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". "Obviously I'm sad I lost, but losing to the number one player isn't too bad".

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