Another Upset: Greek teen Tsitsipas outlasts Anderson in Rogers Cup semifinal

Stefanos Tsitsipas pulled off an extraordinary win against Alexander Zverev to reach the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup

The Greek teenager - who has surged to No. 27 in the world rankings from No. 168 a year ago - reached his first career semifinal at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event.

"It feels like I'm playing Davis Cup and everyone is backing me up and they're so supportive", Tsitsipas said.

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.

While Tsitsipas is very likely to also be a top 10 player in the future, and could quite conceivably have a better career than Anderson has managed eventually, the 19-year-old Greek still has some improving to do, and a further positive for a selection of Anderson tonight is the fact that he disposed of Grigor Dimitrov in just 67 minutes yesterday, while Tsitsipas needed nearly two-and-a-half hours to get the better of Zverev - Anderson should be the fresher player on court for this.

Tsitsipas worked for two hours, 48 minutes to secure his upset of the hard-serving South African, with Anderson going down with 10 aces.

With the match hanging on a knife edge Tsitsipas survived two more break-point chances during a lengthy sixth game, while the South African saved one on his own serve in the ninth game thanks to a blistering forehand victor up the line as the contest headed into another tie-break.

"I kind of fooled him when I was on the court", Tsitsipas said. I thought he played some really good tennis, especially when it mattered the most.

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Fourth-seeded Anderson rediscovered his timing for a first hold of serve and a 3-2 lead, but Tsitsipas refused to be overwhelmed and hit back for a 6-4 lead, but failed to take both his match points. Today was an absolute pathetic match I don't even think he played well'. "I don't think he played well".

He completed the victory after almost two and a half hours on Zverev's sixth double-fault.

"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.

Tsitsipas struggled with a first-serve percentage of 47 per cent, well below Zverev at 70 per cent. Anderson has won eight points more in the shortest range up to four strokes and in those with middle exchanges from five to eight strokes while Stefanos had more success in those rare long exchanges, taking nine out of 13.

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.

He double-faulted on his first match point at 6-4, mistakenly thinking it was 5-3. Zverev beat Roger Federer in last year's singles final at Montreal.

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