Rogers Cup: Stefanos Tsitsipas stuns Kevin Anderson to reach final

first_imgGreek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas has continued to enjoy his dream run as he stunned another top-10 player to reach the final of the Rogers Cup in Toronto.Tsitsipas saved a match point to defeat big-serving South African Kevin Anderson 6-7(4) 6-4 7-6(7) in a thrilling semi-final on Saturday.It was the world number 27’s fourth consecutive win over a top-10 opponent at the tournament. Tsitsipas dispatched Dominic Thiem, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev in the previous three rounds before battling back to send the Wimbledon runner-up packing on a sun-soaked day in Toronto.Tsitsipas dropped his racket and screamed in front of a frenzied crowd after world number six Anderson sent a backhand long on match point.That feeling you get when you reach the biggest final of your young career. @StefTsitsipas #RogersCup pic.twitter.com/mHKFzQrbXjRogers Cup (@rogerscup) August 11, 2018Tsitsipas will play his first ATP Masters 1000 final on his 20th birthday on Sunday against either Rafael Nadal or Karen Khachanov, who will play their semi-final match later on Saturday.”It never gets easier. You just get better,” Tsitsipas wrote on a camera after the match.Fourth seed Anderson was unable to break Tsitsipas’ serve on any of his four opportunities and saw his lone match point opportunity vanish when Tsitsipas smoked a backhand crosscourt winner in the third set tiebreak.Tsitsipas, who stood well back of the baseline when receiving Anderson’s blistering serves, managed the only service break of the game in the third game of the second set with an overhead smash.advertisementTsitsipas in press: Four wins against Top 10 players. I would never imagine I would pull this out in a single tournament.Says the crowd pulled him through the tough moments, felt like a Davis Cup atmosphere. #RogersCup pic.twitter.com/3zyFccMujkRogers Cup (@rogerscup) August 11, 2018With the win, Tsitsipas is projected to climb to at least number 15 when the new rankings are released on Monday.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img

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