ROGERS CUP Semi-Finals & Finals Saturday, Aug.11th – Sunday, 12th, 2018 @Aviva Centre
Photography By A.J.Lam & Press Conference Interview By Kimberly Samnang
On Saturday, Rafael Nadal World No 1 ranked tennis player, beat Karen Khachanov 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 to set up a final with Stefanos Tsitsipas at the Rogers Cup.
The final match up was set for Nadal on Sunday, as he was looking to beat and spoil the 20th birthday of the Greek youngster, who reached the second final of his career by beating Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson 6-7 6-4 7-6.
The top-ranked Nadal beat the unseeded Greek rising star 6-2, 7-6 (4) for his fourth Rogers Cup crown and fifth victory of the year. He has 33 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles.
The 32-year-old Spanish star also won the Rogers Cup in Toronto in 2008 and Montreal in 2005 and 2013.
As finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas stepped up to accept his trophy, the crowd burst into a roaring rendition of “Happy Birthday” to celebrate his turning 20 years old the weekend of the tournament.
Tsitsipas reached the final by becoming the youngest player to beat four straight top-10 players in an event since the ATP World Tour was established in 1990. He began the run against seventh-seeded Dominic Thiem, then knocked off No. 9 Novak Djokovic, No. 2 Alexander Zverev and No. 4 Kevin Anderson.
Tsitsipas jumped from 27th to 15th in the world on Monday.
Rogers Cup Finals
Sunday, August 12, 2018
Rafael Nadal (Champion)
R. NADAL 6-2, 7-6
Kimberly: First of all, Rafa, welcome back to Toronto. Great to have you again. Four night matches in a row. You got off the court last night after midnight. 4:00 p.m. match today. What was your recovery process and how did you turn it around so quickly?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, no recovery process. Was another match yesterday, and the only thing that I slept less hours than normally. But nothing new.
And have been very positive first set for me today. I think I played well. Probably the best first set or best set on the whole event for me.
And then in the second, the match became a little bit more maybe boring. You know, we were not winning a lot of points on the opponent’s serve. And then arrived the moment that I had to close the match, and I played a horrible game, no?
So, yeah, after that, he started to play better. I got a little bit tight and nervous, and then he had a set point in that second set.
So, yeah, very happy to have this trophy with me again. It means a lot. Have been, yeah, a fantastic week, very positive one.
Rogers Cup Finals
Sunday, August 12, 2018
Stefanos Tsitsipas (Finalist)
Kimberly: I live in Greek town so thank you for having dinner there the other night and showing your love to the Greek community. You came into this tournament as the underdog and made it all the way to the finals. How are you feeling right now?
STEFANOS TSITSIPAS: Tired. And I’m actually hungry for more. I want to do well in Cincinnati again there.
I’m looking forward to a match against Goffin. It’s going to be a tough one for sure. He played me last week, so he’s a bit more prepared more than before. And I’m going to have to get a good rest before that match, you know, like adjust to the new conditions there.
I’m really hungry for more. I believe I can achieve much more this year. My game is currently — although I lost today, I feel like I can still beat good players. So I really want to make more points this year and get the best out of me.
Friday, August 10, 2018
3-6, 7-6, 6-4
Kimberly: You recently lost to Zverev in Washington. How did you break him today at 5-3 in the second set?
STEFANOS TSITSIPAS: I have no idea. I just broke him.
I returned — yeah, I was just walking the ball back and making him play every single ball. And at that moment, he wasn’t into it. He starts missing. He got tighter, I think. He understood that’s his chance to close the match.
And I just did things right and, yeah, I broke him. That’s how you break, if you play things right and you play clever. And I did that, and I was back in the match again.
We would like to thank Katie Spellman, Manager, Media and PR at Tennis Canada for this invitation. We look forward to the next Rogers Cup from August 3-11, 2019