Greek teen Stefanos Tsitsipas reaches Toronto final
Greek teen Stefanos Tsitsipas reaches Toronto final
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12 August, 2018, 10:03
Alexander Zverev called it an absolutely pathetic match. "I'm always going to go to the ball", Tsitsipas said. "I did some things that he didn't expect me to do".
The 19-year-old Tsitsipas, ranked a career-high 27th and guaranteed to break into the top 20 on Monday, will face the victor of the late match between top-ranked Rafael Nadal and Karen Khachanov.
Under a blazing afternoon sun, Tsitsipas and Anderson relied on their service games in the opening set on the showcase hardcourt.
Next up for Tsitsipas is a showdown with big-serving South African Kevin Anderson, who thrashed Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-2 6-2 earlier on Friday.
On Friday evening, Russia's Karen Khachanov topped Robin Haase of the Netherlands 6-3, 6-1 and Nadal, the No. 1 seed from Spain, downed sixth-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.
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 victor in the third set tiebreak. I thought he played some really good tennis, especially when it mattered the most.
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The win over world No 3 Zverev looked unlikely when the 19-year-old dropped the first set and fell behind 2-5 in the second.
'I don't think he played that well. "I don't think he played well".
Nadal struck back in the second with a concluding break to square the match before taking victory with a break in the final game on his third match point after more than two hours.
He completed the victory after almost two and a half hours on Zverev's sixth double-fault.
"To be honest, we played three sets and all three sets should have been three, three and three", Zverev said.
"To win this match is important, it's very important to be in the final of Toronto", Nadal said after running his season record to 39-3 in a match which ended after midnight local time. "I didn't play well".
Tsitsipas then salvaged four break points for 2-1 in the third, he traded breaks with the German and saved another trio of break points for a 5-4 lead.
"The level of tennis today, in my opinion, was not the highest - it was alright", Tsitsipas said.
"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".
Raven Klaasen of South Africa and Michael Venus of New Zealand beat Americans Mike Bryan and Jack Sock 7-6 (5), 6-4 while Croatia's Nikola Mektic and Austria's Alexander Peya defeated Anderson and Djokovic 7-5, 7-5.
He double-faulted on his first match point at 6-4, mistakenly thinking it was 5-3.
Play wraps up Sunday at the $5.94-million United States tournament on the York University campus.
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