Tsitsipas upsets defending champ Zverev to continue dream Rogers Cup run


Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas pulled off one other upset on the Rogers Cup on Friday by eliminating defending champion Alexander Zverev 3-6, 7-6 (11), 6-4.

Zverev, the No. 2 seed, double-faulted on match level as Tsitsipas reached his first profession semifinal at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 occasion.

Tsitsipas beat seventh-seeded Dominic Thiem and ninth-seeded Novak Djokovic earlier within the week. He is the youngest participant to beat three top-10 gamers at one match since Rafael Nadal — who was additionally 19 — did it at Monte Carlo in 2006.

Tsitsipas will subsequent face fourth-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa within the semifinals at Aviva Centre. Anderson posted a snug 6-2, 6-2 victory over fifth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria.

On Friday night, Robin Haase of the Netherlands will play Russia’s Karen Khachanov and Nadal, the No. 1 seed from Spain, will tackle sixth-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia.

Explosive begin

Tsitsipas began with a bang on a heat, sunny afternoon on centre court docket, reeling off eight straight factors for a fast 2-Zero lead. Zverev answered by profitable the following 4 video games earlier than taking the set in simply 32 minutes.

The 21-year-old German broke early within the second set however Tsitsipas ultimately broke again and held to pull even at 5-5.

Within the tiebreaker, Zverev received a 20-shot rally to get his first match level at 6-5 however Tsitsipas poured on the strain from the baseline and used a smash to tie it. Tsitsipas saved a second match level earlier than changing his fifth set level at 13-11 when Zverev sprayed a return broad.

Each gamers secured early breaks within the deciding set and Tsitsipas did nicely to save three break factors to pull forward 5-4.

At 30-40, Zverev floated his second serve lengthy to finish it. Zverev defeated Tsitsipas in straight units final week in Washington of their first profession assembly.

The ultimate is ready for Sunday on the US$5.94-million occasion on the York College campus. Zverev beat Roger Federer in final 12 months’s championship at Montreal.




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