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Tsitsipas was left muttering to himself and shaking his head after the first set was completed. "It's true. that's how you feel when you play against him". The last time he faced off against the Spaniard was a lopsided loss in the Barcelona final.

Heading into the clash on Monday, 19-year-old Tsitsipas- who celebrated his birthday earlier in the day- looked all set to upset another tennis giant but he failed to counter Nadal's steady and effective brand of tennis. He converted his first match point of the tiebreaker to win his fifth ATP World Tour title of the season.

Nadal, much to the dismay of the many flag-waving Greek supporters in attendance, forced a tiebreak where he rallied back from a mini break and clinched the win with a crosscourt forehand victor for a record-extending 33rd Masters title.

"It inspired me so much I was dreaming of being in his place", said Tsitsipas.

It will be the teenager's first career appearance in an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final.

Whatever the outcome on his birthday, Tsitsipas is expected to climb into the world's top 15 following his superb run of form. Big serve. Great shots from the baseline.

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Tsitsipas went on to hold at love to force a deciding set.

Khachanov, the world No. 38, hadn't lost a set this week entering his match against Nadal, who has won this tournament on three occasions. 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. "I really want to make more points this year and get the best out of myself". I thought he played some really good tennis, especially when it mattered the most. After that I accepted the situation, just fought back and tried to stay positive.

Nadal, 32, earned US$1.02 million with the victory.

Tsitsipas is taking the lesson he learned on court to heart: "I'm really hungry for more".

In the doubles final, second-seeded Henri Kontinen of Finland and Australian John Peers defeated Raven Klaasen of South Africa and Michael Venus of New Zealand 6-2, 6-7 (7), 10-6.

Nadal has now won 33 Masters 1000 tournaments - including four Rogers Cup trophies - though this was his first on hard court in five years. The Spaniard also became the fourth player in the Open Era to win 80 titles and is now behind the likes of Ivan Lendll, Roger Federer, and Jimmy Connors.

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