Greek teen Stefanos Tsitsipas reaches Rogers Cup final

Greek teen Stefanos Tsitsipas reaches Rogers Cup final

Nadal leads the all-time list of Masters 1000 titles on 32. I would never imagine that I could pull this out in a single tournament. "I'm always there. It doesn't matter what the score is".

While this stat makes it sound like all Rafa needs to do is turn up on time to win, it's also relevant to point out that Tsitsipas has won three of his four career matches against top ten opponents, which if this continues in the future, should illustrate a high peak level which will serve him well as he looks to break into the upper echelons of the ATP Tour.

Nadal, chasing his 80th tour title, beat Karen Khachanov 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 in the rain-delayed night match that ended after midnight. Nadal will push his rival to the limits with the second serve return and he should create more break chances, hoping for a good start that will break the resistance of his rival who must be very exhausted after four great wins over the better-ranked opponents. He has everything. He's young. He has passion for the game.

Backhand should be one of the key elements for both players, together with the first serve percentage that will probably define the Greek's chances. "He's not just one thing, he's got everything". "He's about everything", said Nadal.

Greek teen Stefanos Tsitsipas became the youngest player to beat four straight top-10 players in an event since the ATP World Tour was established in 1990, outlasting Kevin Anderson 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-6 (7) on Saturday to reach the Rogers Cup final.

He dispatched Dominic Thiem, Novak Djokovic, and Alexander Zverev before downing Anderson.

Not bad for someone ranked 168th in the world at this time a year ago. I'll be back tomorrow with an outright preview of the upcoming Cincinnati Masters event (although there are two matches tonight, I would like to see the outcome of the Toronto final prior to committing to outrights) as well as previewing Monday's matches too.

Tsitsipas worked for two hours, 48 minutes to secure his upset of the hard-serving South African, with Anderson going down with 10 aces. He'll crack the top 15 in the world rankings next week.

Under a blazing afternoon sun, Tsitsipas and Anderson relied on their strong service games in the opening set on the showcase hardcourt.

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Emre Can, a summer signing from Liverpool, also appeared in the match which, remarkably, was won by the B team 3-2. It's not against top competition, but he looks comfortable and his scoring touch, as expected, is still there.

At 1-1 in the second set, Tsitsipas won a long rally at deuce and completed the break when Anderson pushed a return wide. With one hand already on the trophy, Nadal saved three break points in game four and he converted his third match point at 5-1, breaking Stefanos once again and starting a celebration of his 11th title in Barcelona from 14 appearances!

"I think the biggest thing I was impressed with was definitely his mentality", said the sixth-ranked Anderson. "I stayed positive, kept fighting, and the match became a little more ugly after that". "Today, he definitely deserved to win".

He will be the first unseeded finalist in Canada since Nicolas Kiefer in 2008.

Khachanov, the world No. 38 from Russian Federation, lost his first set of the week to the three-time Rogers Cup champion.

The top-seeded Nadal will play Karen Khachanov, a 6-3, 6-1 victor over Robin Haase.

Croatia's Nikola Mektic and Austria's Alexander Peya were to play second-seeded Henri Kontinen of Finland and Australian John Peers in the evening.

Play wraps up Sunday at the US$5.94-million tournament on the York University campus.

Canadian doubles great Daniel Nestor was scheduled to be inducted into the Canadian Tennis Hall of Fame in a ceremony before the late semifinal.

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