Greek teen Stefanos Tsitsipas reaches Toronto remaining

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12 Aug 2018, 07:02 IST
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TORONTO (AP) — Greek teen Stefanos Tsitsipas grew to become the youngest participant to beat 4 straight top-10 gamers in an occasion because the ATP World Tour was established in 1990, outlasting Kevin Anderson 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-6 (7) on Saturday to succeed in the Rogers Cup remaining.

Tsitsipas, who shall be 20 on Sunday, will face the winner of the late match between top-ranked Rafael Nadal and Karen Khachanov.

“Enjoying in a Masters 1000 remaining is the most effective factor that may occur in your birthday,” Tsitsipas mentioned. “I can’t consider it.”

Tsitsipas beat the fourth-seeded Anderson after topping seventh-seeded Dominic Thiem, ninth-seeded Novak Djokovic and second-seeded defending champion Alexander Zverev to succeed in his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semifinal.

“I am able to doing something on the courtroom and beating any opponent,” Tsitsipas mentioned.

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 got here by way of with an excellent backhand crosscourt winner to drag even.

“I am safe and I am aggressive on the similar time,” Tsitsipas mentioned. “It seems like I am by no means dropping it. I am at all times there. It would not matter what the rating is.”

The 32-year-old Anderson reached the Wimbledon remaining final month. He additionally misplaced his solely different match towards Tsitsipas, falling this yr on clay in Portugal.

“I believe the most important factor I used to be impressed with was positively his mentality,” Anderson mentioned. “He stayed fairly strong all through the match. As we speak, he positively deserved to win.”

Tsitsipas is trying to turn out to be the primary participant since Albert Portas at Hamburg in 2001 to win his first ATP World Tour title at a Masters 1000 occasion. Ranked 27th, Tsitsipas would soar 12th with a victory Sunday and to 15th with a loss when the brand new rankings are launched Monday.

Nadal beat Tsitsipas in April within the Barcelona Open remaining.

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