On Friday night at Uniprix Stadium, 20-year-old Alexander Zverev of Germany secured his spot in the semifinals of Rogers Cup presented by National Bank.
He will face off against Canadian Denis Shapovalov in a battle that pits two of the ATP’s next generation stars against each other.
With the win, the towering German has now defeated Anderson four times in four matches, including twice in one week since the two went head-to-head in the final in Washington last Sunday.
Zverev, who is the only other player besides Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal to have won a Masters 1000 this year, hit nine aces and earned three break points against Anderson. In their 90-minute match, he racked up 75 points versus 68 for the South African.
Zverev therefore widens the gap in the race to Milan for the Next Gen ATP Finals at which the top 8 ATP players under the age of 21 will go head-to-head.
At the end of the week, Shapovalov will rise to no.3 in the young guns’ race.