Alexander Zverev laments ‘pathetic’ defeat to Stefanos Tsitsipas in Toronto

Alexander Zverev labelled his Rogers Cup quarter-final defeat to Stefanos Tsitsipas “absolutely pathetic on all levels”.

Tsitsipas’ dream run continued on Friday as the teenager toppled defending champion Zverev 3-6 7-6 (13-11) 6-4 to reach the semi-finals in Toronto.

The win over world No 3 Zverev looked unlikely when the 19-year-old dropped the first set and fell 5-2 behind in the second.

But the Greek prodigy managed to save two match points and shifted the momentum to claim his third straight win over a top 10 opponent, having dispatched Dominic Thiem and Novak Djokovic in the previous two rounds.

Zverev, 21, was accused of poor sportsmanship after he failed to congratulate his opponent when speaking to reporters after the match. But the German, who has won three Masters 1000 titles so far in his career, was more upset with the quality of tennis on display.

“I don’t think he played that well. I think the match was absolutely pathetic on all levels,” he said.

“I’m very honest with you guys. Today was an absolutely pathetic match. I don’t even think he played well.”

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