The dream run continues.
Stefanos Tsitsipas’s magical week in Toronto just got that much better – the Greek phenom rallied from a set down to defeat Kevin Anderson 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-6(7), saving one match point en route to a thrilling victory in the semifinals of Rogers Cup presented by National Bank.
The teenager, who graduates from that descriptor tomorrow on his 20th birthday, played Anderson tight in the first set, but let slip a 4-1 lead in the tiebreak to put his opponent within one set of the final. In the second set, however, Tsitsipas claimed a rare break of the Anderson serve, which he rode out to level the match at a set apiece.
The two wrestled for control in the decider, with the South Aftrican generating more chances but unable to capitalize on the 20 return points won in the set, compared to just 11 from Tsitsipas. In the final-set tiebreak, both players managed to generate match points – but it was the 19-year-old who won the important points with steely baseline play to eventually close out the match in two hours, 48 minutes.
With wins this week over Dominic Thiem, Novak Djokovic, Alexander Zverev, and now Anderson, Tsitsipas becomes the first player to defeat four Top 10 players at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event since Jo-Wilfied Tsonga right here in Toronto four years ago.
Tsitsipas will play the winner of the second semifinal tonight between Rafael Nadal and Karen Khachanov.