Stefanos Tsitsipas sets up Rafael Nadal final at Rogers Cup

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

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

Rafael Nadal beat Karen Khachanov 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 on Saturday to set up a final with birthday boy Stefano Tsitsipas at the Toronto Masters.

Tsitsipas dispatched Dominic Thiem, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev in the previous three rounds before battling back to send the Wimbledon runner-up packing on a sun-soaked day in Toronto.

"These kind of matches you need to play very well to win, and that's what I'm going to try". Tsitsipas often moved deep in the backcourt to give some different looks and displayed a solid volley game when he pushed forward. "I'm excited about it and it's an opportunity for me to play a good match against one of the best players".

Tsitsipas, who stood well back of the baseline when receiving the South African's blistering serves, managed the only service break of the game in the third game of the second set with an overhead smash.

With the win, Tsitsipas is projected to climb to at least No 15 when the new rankings are released on Monday.

The 32-year-old Spanish star beat Tsitsipas in April in the Barcelona final in their only meeting.

The Greek saved all four break points he faced while breaking Anderson once in the afternoon struggle.




"I think the biggest thing I was impressed with was definitely his mentality", Anderson said about Tsitsipas. "Today, he definitely deserved to win". "It's not the first time".

Khachanov, the world No. 38 from Russian Federation, lost his first set of the week to the three-time Rogers Cup champion.

"I'm happy with the way that I played and overall I think I have been improving", said the 32-year-old Nadal. Anderson beat fifth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-2.

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

"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.

Nestor will likely be inducted during Canada's Davis Cup tie against the Netherlands at the Ricoh Coliseum next month.

"On hard in the United States, in the last seven, eight years, it was him who played better".

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