On Sunday, Nadal claimed his 33rd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title, earning a total of 80 career titles, after his victory in Toronto 6-2, 7-6 (4) against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, reports Efe.
Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas pulled off another upset at the Rogers Cup by outlasting fourth-seeded Kevin Anderson 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-6 (7) in men's semifinal play Saturday at Aviva Centre.
While Nadal managed to easily secure the first set, the final was hard fought out.
A straightforward success appeared on the cards when Nadal broke in the second, but Tsitsipas capitalised on a loose service game when the world number one served for the title.
Nadal won the Western & Southern Open in 2013.
"I was sad not to play here last year, and two years ago there wasn't a chance", Federer said.
With Murray clearly struggling to find his range off both wings, Pouille had him on the ropes at 0-40, only for the double Olympic champion to reel off five points in a row. "I'm always going to go to the ball", Tsitsipas said. It will be the best thing to have records like Federer and (Rafael) Nadal and all those, I mean, legendary players. "I feel like I reached my best level of tennis, even if I had a long break before this tournament and I felt dead after the first day". Instead of playing more gruelling matches in Cincinnati, he'll take a week to get some rest and get ready for the US Open.
"I can only make an announcement, that's all I can do", the umpire responded to the 20-year-old's complaints.
Tsitsipas persevered taking the score from 5-4 in Nadal's favour, to a tiebreak at 5-5. "I am looking forward to play the final".
"When Rafa is missing, he's missed, not so much by the players as much as the fans", he said.
"Not only was I accepting some tough personal stuff, but I just was in a funk, " Williams said in an Instagram post.
"I was not nervous about it, I don't know why".
The world's number one ranked player went on to praise Tsitsipas in his post-match interview, although it was the sportsmanship of the 32-year-old which stole the show. Stephens rallied to within 5-4 before Halep, on her fourth match point, slammed her third ace of the match and dropped to her knees in triumph.