Stefanos Tsitsipas, Rafael Nadal advance to Rogers Cup semifinals

039;Rafael Nadal's superstitions have nothing to do with tennis'- Zverev

Djokovic won his fourth Wimbledon title last month, coming through an epic semi-final against Nadal before dispatching Kevin Anderson to lift the trophy.

"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.

"Tomorrow is a big test against a player who is playing great, a young one", said the 32-year-old.

"Wimbledon is definitely the most well-known tennis tournament in the world and the one that I always dreamt of winning so it was a true blast".

Top seed Nadal edged out the first set in a tiebreaker after a two-hour, rain-delayed start. Ranked 27th, Tsitsipas will jump to 12th with a victory Sunday and to 15th with a loss when the new rankings are released Monday.

The 19-year-old Tsitsipas beat seventh-seeded Dominic Thiem and ninth-seeded Novak Djokovic to reach the quarterfinals.

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

"I didn't even have this in my head", Tsitsipas said of reaching the final.

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"Four wins against top 10 players".

"It feels like I'm never losing it". "I can not believe it".

Tsitsipas worked for two hours, 48 minutes to secure his upset of the hard-serving South African, with Anderson going down with 10 aces. "I'm always there. It doesn't matter what the score is". I need to resist and play aggressive.

"My forehand is on fire at this moment". He fought back from a break point again in the eighth and the set went all the way to a tiebreak.

The flashy Athens native delivered a brilliant backhand crosscourt victor to stay alive before firing an ace to secure a third match point. Anderson couldn't convert two break-point chances at 3-4 and Tsitsipas later held at love to force a deciding set.

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

"I didn't aim that high and I think with low expectations I managed to pull out my best tennis".

"I am looking forward to play that match".

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