Greek teen Stefanos Tsitsipas reaches Toronto final

Rex Christensen
August 12, 2018

Tsitsipas, who turns 20 on Sunday, faced one match point before progressing against the world number six to reach to his first final on the main ATP world tour after nearly three hours.

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.

"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'm motivated every day when I wake up, there is always something to improve".

"I want to stay around for as long as possible (in tennis)".

Pursuing his fourth tournament title, the Spaniard saw off his unseeded opponent in one hour and 49 minutes under lights after rain delayed play.

Zverev then blew five break points in the third game of the third set but broke the Greek in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead.

With the win, Tsitsipas is projected to climb to at least number 15 when the new rankings are released on Monday.

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

"Four wins against top 10 players".

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Nadal said in quotes reported by the Rogers Cup Twitter account: "I'm happy about everything". "It feels like I'm never losing it".

"I think the biggest thing I was impressed with was definitely his mentality", Anderson said about Tsitsipas.

"It doesn't matter what the score".

"I just wasn't feeling the ball today", Zverev said post-match.

Tsitsipas fired an ace at 7-7 before converting his third match point of the deciding tiebreaker when Anderson's return sailed long.

Tsitsipas was overmatched on service speed against Anderson, but heavy topspin shots from the baseline kept his opponent on the move.

The Greek saved all four break points he faced while breaking Anderson once in the afternoon struggle.

"I did what I could. I'm excited about it and it's an opportunity for me to play a good match against one of the best players".

"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".

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