Tsitsipas upsets Anderson in thriller to reach Toronto final

Alexander Zverev rafael Nadal

The Spanish icon will try on Sunday to spoil the 20th celebrations of the Greek youngster who reached the second final of his career by beating Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 7-6 (9/7), saving a match point in victory.

But Tsitsipas managed to save two match points and shifted the momentum after edging Zverev in a marathon second-set tiebreak.

Nadal said in quotes reported by the Rogers Cup Twitter account: "I'm happy about everything".

"Playing in a Masters 1000 final is the best thing that can happen on your birthday", Tsitsipas said. I would never imagine that I could pull this out in a single tournament. "I'm always there. It doesn't matter what the score is".

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

Zverev then won the opening two points of the 10th game but then lost four points in a row as the Greek sealed the win after two hours and 27 minutes of play.

At 1-1 in the second set, Tsitsipas won a long rally at deuce and completed the break when Anderson pushed a return wide. "He stayed pretty solid throughout the match".

Tsitsipas went on to hold at love to force a deciding set.

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Tsitsipas broke back in the following game to make it 3-3 and also saved three break points in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead.

"Sometimes when you concentrate too much, you lose the reality of what's happening", he said with a laugh.

"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".

Tsitsipas is the first unseeded Rogers Cup finalist since Nicolas Kiefer lost to Nadal in 2008.

The teenager toppled defending champion Zverev 3-6 7-6 (11) 6-4 to reach the semi-finals in Toronto, leaving the German enraged at his press conference. Anderson beat fifth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-2.

Canadian doubles great Daniel Nestor was scheduled to be inducted into the Canadian Tennis Hall of Fame in a ceremony before the late semifinal.

Play wraps up Sunday at the US$5.94-million tournament on the York University campus.

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