Nadal downs Tsitsipas to win Toronto Masters

Toronto: Rafael Nadal held off a late surge from birthday boy Stefanos Tsitsipas to earn a 6-2, 7-6 (7/4) victory in the final of the Toronto Masters on Sunday. Success in just under one and three-quarter hours handed the 32-year-old Spaniard a record-extending 33rd trophy at the elite Masters level as he won his 80th career title and claimed his 40th match victory of the season.

“Happy Birthday to Stefanos,” Nadal said. “Well done, you have a great future. “It’s been almost 10 years (2010) since I last played in Toronto,” Nadal said of the event which comes to the city in even-number years as it trades with Montreal. -Agencies

Spaniard withdraws from Cincinnati Masters

Toronto: World number one Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from ATP Cincinnati Masters event which begins soon as he prepares for this month’s US Open. He said that he had decided to adjust his schedule in order to preserve his fitness.

Halep bags Montreal title

World number one Simona Halep held her nerve in a rollercoaster duel with Sloane Stephens Sunday to win the WTA Montreal crown for the second time. In a gruelling 2hr 41min battle, French Open champion Halep prevailed 7-6 (8/6), 3-6, 6-4 over Stephens in a repeat of the duo’s meeting in the final of Roland Garros earlier this year. The victory was Halep’s 18th career title and her second in Montreal following her 2016 success.