'Absolutely pathetic' - Alexander Zverev in remarkable rant after Stefanos Tsitsipas shock

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"If you told me this two weeks ago I would not have believed it", Nadal said.

"Winning in Toronto is so important".

"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".

"Happy Birthday to Stefanos", Nadal added.

Rafael Nadal in action against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in the Rogers Cup final on Sunday.

"I'm secure and I'm aggressive at the same time", Tsitsipas said. "It means a lot". Stephens fought off three match points for one last service break before Halep closed it out. Instead of playing more grueling matches in Cincinnati, he'll take a week to get some rest and get ready for the U.S. Open.

Nadal dominated in his only previous meeting with Tsitsipas, a straight sets win in the final of the Barcelona Open on the Spaniard's preferred surface of clay.

After his loss in the final, I asked Tsitsipas if he watched Denis Shapovalov's run to the semi-final past year and if it inspired him.

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"The 20-year-old continued talking about Nadal's resiliency: "[Rafa] was, you know, normal like all of us and he managed to become this beast, this monster that he is today". "It's true ... that's how you feel when you play against him".

Nadal regained control, earning a match point on a Tsitsipas forehand error.

"I didn't even have this in my head", Tsitsipas said of reaching the final. "He will always grab you like a bulldog and he will always make you suffer on the court".

Rafael Nadal beat Karen Khachanov 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 on Saturday to set up a final with birthday boy Stefano Tsitsipas at the Toronto Masters. He began the run against seventh-seeded Dominic Thiem, then knocked off No. 9 Djokovic, No. 2 Alexander Zverev and No. 4 Kevin Anderson. He'll crack the top 15 in the world rankings next week.

In doubles semifinal play, Raven Klaasen of South Africa and Michael Venus of New Zealand defeated the top-seeded duo of Austria's Oliver Marach and Croatia's Mate Pavic 4-6, 7-6 (5), 10-3.

The loss concluded the tennis week of his life for Tsitsipas, who beat four Top 10 opponent in a row to reach the final.

The Greek teenager, who turns 20 on Sunday's final day, defeated his third straight top 10 opponent at the tournament after knocking out Dominic Thiem in the second round and 13-time major victor Novak Djokovic in the third.

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