Stefanos Tsitsipas saves MP against Anderson to write history — ATP Toronto

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Alexander Zverev branded his match against Stefanos Tsitsipas as "pathetic" after the Greek tyro stunned him in the Rogers Cup on Friday.

"I'm secure and I'm aggressive at the same time", Tsitsipas said. "I did some things that he didn't expect me to do".

Zverev, the German star coming off a victory last week in Washington, double-faulted on match point to send Tsitsipas to his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semifinal.

Tsitsipas is the first unseeded Rogers Cup finalist since Nicolas Kiefer lost to Nadal in 2008.

In addition, the Greek has become only the fifth player since 1990 who has scored four wins over the rivals from the Top 10 at Masters 1000 event after Goran Ivanisevic, Tomas Enqvist, Guillermo Canas and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who did that four years ago here in Toronto, ousting Roger Federer in a tight final.

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.

That will change on Monday after an unbelievable run he is having so far in Toronto, saving a match point in 6-7 6-4 7-6 win over the 4th seed and Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson in two hours and 48 minutes, for his 30th ATP win of the season. Zverev answered by winning the next four games before taking the set in a tidy 32 minutes.

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'm capable of doing anything on the court and beating any opponent", he said. "I think before he was playing really bad".

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For this, Anderson is a solid [1.56] market favourite, and I actually make this value.

"I always say when the opponent was better".

Tsitsipas nailed a backhand victor match point down and then produced a timely ace to earn his third match point which went his way after Anderson sent his return long.

"Today was an absolutely pathetic match, I don't even think he played well".

In a pulsating eighth game, the world No 27 was forced to dig deep and deny Anderson two break-point opportunities before hanging on for a 5-3 lead. But as I said, I didn't feel the ball at all. It's pretty rare for a player to win more points in the match and lose, and we were "treated" to this twice yesterday, with Zverev joining Cilic with this ignominious stat.

Tsitsipas struggled with a first-serve percentage of 47 per cent, well below Zverev at 70 per cent.

"The level of tennis today, in my opinion, was not the highest - it was alright", Tsitsipas said. People seemed to love it, love the show and everything. "I would say I played OK". Ranked 27th, Tsitsipas would jump 12th with a victory Sunday and to 15th with a loss when the new rankings are released Monday.

In the doubles quarterfinals, the top-seeded duo of Austria's Oliver Marach and Croatia's Mate Pavic edged Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands and Romania's Horia Tecau 6-7 (5), 7-5, 10-6.

Second-seeded Henri Kontinen of Finland and Australian John Peers dispatched Americans Sam Querrey and Rajeev Ram 7-6 (7), 6-3 in the late doubles match.

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