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Tsitsipas is the youngest player to post three top 10 wins at a single tournament since the 19-year-old Nadal at Monte Carlo in 2006.

"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. "It's a great way to start the hard-court season". But Nadal hasn't scored a win over his rival in the last five attempts.

But their fearless fight was in vain against Kontinen and Peers who have been one of the most consistent pairings in recent seasons, winning last year's Australian Open title and claiming 13 titles together including four Masters 1000s.

"I'm very happy to have this trophy with me again", Nadal said.

Nadal broke Tsitsipas in the first game of the second set, and he had only lost three points on serve when he served for the match at 5-4.

The second set was a similar story, with Stephens going 3-1 up after an early break.

"On the one match point that I had, he came up with an unbelievable backhand cross-court victor - it was a very impressive effort from him".

Soon after his triumph, Rafa announced that he won't be participating in the next ATP Masters 1000 event - Cincinnati Open.

"But that's how it is".

"To have the support of all of you the whole week, that's why I'm waking up every morning and trying to go on court practising with the highest passion possible".

"Everybody gets tight at some moments".

"Although I lost today, I feel like I can still beat good players".

With the spectacular win, Nadal secured his record-extending 33rd Masters 1000 title.

Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a shot against Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation (not shown) in the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at Aviva Centre.

She beat Sloane Stephens 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-4 for her third title this year - she also beat Stephens for the French Open title.

The flashy Athens native delivered a brilliant backhand crosscourt victor to stay alive before firing an ace to secure a third match point.

"At 5-4 I got nervous, I am a completely human person", Nadal said.

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.

He completed the victory after almost two and a half hours on Zverev's sixth double-fault. He converted his first match point of the tiebreaker to end it.

"That's how you feel when you play against him".

The American returned the compliment. I am very thankful to my friend Andre Silva, Tournament Director of the Cincinnati tournament, who understood what I said to him and understands the situation.



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