Stefanos Tsitsipas sets up Rafael Nadal final at Rogers Cup

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The South African had a match point of his own at 7-6, but Tsitsipas delivered a brilliant backhand crosscourt victor to pull even.

Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas slayed another tennis giant on Saturday, saving a match point as he toppled big-serving Kevin Anderson 6-7 (4) 6-4 7-6 (7) in a thriller to set up a Rogers Cup final against top seed Rafa Nadal.

Tsitsipas beat Anderson after topping world No.3 and defending champion Alexander Zverev, 10th-ranked Novak Djokovic and Austrian world No.8 Dominic Thiem in the preceding three rounds.

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 would never imagine that I could pull this out in a single tournament.

"It doesn't matter what the score".

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.

Anderson missed out on a match point off his own serve as Tsitsipas slammed over a backhand cross-court victor.

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

At 1-1 in the second set, Tsitsipas won a long rally at deuce and completed the break when Anderson pushed a return wide. He fought back from a break point again in the eighth and the set went all the way to a tiebreak.

"I don't think he played that well. Today, he definitely deserved to win".

"On the one match point that I had, he came up with an unbelievable backhand cross-court victor - it was a very impressive effort from him".

Khachanov, the world No. 38 from Russian Federation, hadn't lost a set this week entering his match against the Spanish great, who has won this tournament on three occasions.

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

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

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