Stefanos Tsitsipas beats 4th consecutive top-10 player en route to Rogers Cup final


Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas pulled off one other upset on the Rogers Cup by outlasting fourth-seeded Kevin Anderson 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-6 (7) in males’s semifinal play Saturday at Aviva Centre.

Tsitsipas fired an ace at 7-7 earlier than changing his third match level of the deciding tiebreaker when Anderson’s return sailed lengthy. The South African had a match level of his personal at 7-6, however Tsitsipas delivered a superb backhand crosscourt winner to pull even.

Tsitsipas, who will flip 20 on Sunday, will subsequent play the winner of the night semifinal between top-ranked Rafael Nadal of Spain and Russia’s Karen Khachanov.

By topping Anderson, the 27th-ranked Tsitsipas turned the youngest player to beat 4 top-10 opponents in a single event because the ATP World Tour was established in 1990. He defeated Dominic Thiem, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev earlier within the week.

Will probably be {the teenager}’s first profession look in an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final.

Underneath a blazing afternoon solar, Tsitsipas and Anderson relied on their robust service video games within the opening set on the showcase hardcourt.

Tsitsipas picked up a mini-break within the first-set tiebreaker however Anderson stormed again to take six factors in a row, helped partially by three misses from his opponent.

At 1-1 within the second set, Tsitsipas gained a protracted rally at deuce and accomplished the break when Anderson pushed a return large. Anderson had an opportunity to pull even however could not convert two break-point alternatives at 3-Four as Tsitsipas refused to buckle.

Tsitsipas went on to maintain at love to pressure a deciding set.

Into high 15

Anderson, 32, reached the Wimbledon final final month and holds the No. 6 spot on the earth rankings. He dropped his lone earlier assembly to Tsitsipas earlier this 12 months in Portugal on clay.

Tsitsipas will transfer into the highest 15 on the earth rankings when the brand new checklist is launched subsequent week.

Khachanov, the world No. 38, hadn’t misplaced a set this week getting into his match towards Nadal, who has gained this event on three events.

Within the early doubles semifinal, Raven Klaasen of South Africa and Michael Venus of New Zealand defeated the top-seeded duo of Austria’s Oliver Marach and Croatia’s Mate Pavic 4-6, 7-6 (5), 10-3.

Croatia’s Nikola Mektic and Austria’s Alexander Peya had been to play second-seeded Henri Kontinen of Finland and Australian John Friends within the night.

Canadian doubles nice Daniel Nestor was scheduled to be inducted into the Canadian Tennis Corridor of Fame in a ceremony earlier than the late semifinal. Nestor, from Toronto, plans to retire later this season.

Play wraps up Sunday on the $5.94-million US event on the York College campus.



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