Rafael Nadal produced a rich vein of form as he thrashed Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets to clinch his fourth Canadian Masters 1000 title at the Rogers Cup here in Toronto on Monday.
Tsitsipas duly held serve and then broke Nadal to level at 5-5 in the second set, although Nadal eventually found a way through and duly secured a 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) victory.
It was his 33rd Masters victory, meaning that, at 32 years of age, he now has more of these titles than years on the planet.
The first set, Nadal took nearly without a struggle - the Spaniard made two breaks, and on his serve allowed Zizipus to win only one ball.
World number one Rafa Nadal has withdrawn from the Cincinnati Masters as he adjusts his schedule to retain fitness ahead of his U.S. Open title defence.
"I got nervous, I played a bad game", said Nadal after winning his first hardcourt Masters title since Cincinnati in 2013.
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.
"It feels like I'm playing Davis Cup and everyone is backing me up and they're so supportive", Tsitsipas said.
The kid beat four top-10 players to make it to the Rogers Cup final. Because tennis is the kind of sport that if you go back, going back in the situation that you didn't do well or you did well, you lose this momentum because every week we're in a new place, new tournament, new challenge, and that's why you lose the momentum sometimes.
"I am sure the tournament will be a success and I wish him and his team all the best".
"I've been trying [to win the title] quite a few years, but conditions are quite a bit different".
"It's a pity Rafa is not playing, but it's still an fantastic draw".
Stephens is preparing to defend her surprising US Open title previous year. "Even though I lost today, I literally left everything on the court", Stephens said. "For me, I think I gave myself a good chance to play well and we can see that I'm better".
"I don't know if I got lucky with all those players, but somehow it happened that I played four top 10 and managed to beat them, which is a huge achievement for me and for my game this week".