Young birthday boy Stefanos Tsitsipas was upended by world number 1 Rafael (Rafa) Nadal who won his 33rd Masters 1000 crown after a solid 6-2 7-6 win over young (20-year-old) Tsitsipas, the very promising and youngest Masters 1000 finalist since Novak Djokovic in Miami 2007!
The 32-year-old Spaniard made the best possible start of the match. He dominated in his service games and used his opportunities on the return to take the opener 6-2 in just 34 minutes. The young Greek was nowhere the pace of his extremely experienced rival, serving under 50% and getting broken twice. That was the second time he was beaten by Nadal this year, with the first being last April in Barcelona (6-2, 6-1).
Carefree bubble games after the match with Nadal (R) champagne-showering young Tsitsipas (L)
Nevertheless, the new tennis star ended world No 15, whereas four years ago he was No 2205 and same season last year had made it to No 159. Still, his taking part in the Rogers Cup earned him 500,340 dollars with Nadal receiving 1,020.425 m dollars…. / IBNA