Stefanos Tsitsipas’ remarkable winning streak at the Rogers Cup in Toronto continued with a stunning win over Kevin Anderson to reach Sunday’s final.
The Greek youngster rounded off his teenage years in style by taking down Anderson – his fourth Top 10 opponent in the space of a week – 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 7-6 (9-7).
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Tsitsipas produced another extraordinary victory in two hours and 47 minutes of pure drama to dispatch the Wimbledon finalist.
In a tight opening set, Anderson recovered from 1-4 down in the tie-break thanks to some big serving and aggressive groundstrokes to claim it 7-4.
Tsitsipas had already dumped out Dominic Thiem, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev en route to the semi-finals and the Greek star showed no signs of fatigue as he bounced back to earn a crucial breakthrough in the third game of the second set.
In a pulsating eighth game, the world No 27 was forced to dig deep and deny Anderson two break-point opportunities before hanging on for a 5-3 lead. And two games later he successfully served it out to send the contest into a decider.
With the match hanging on a knife edge Tsitsipas survived two more break-point chances during a lengthy sixth game, while the South African saved one on his own serve in the ninth game thanks to a blistering forehand winner up the line as the contest headed into another tie-break.
Fourth-seeded Anderson rediscovered his timing for a first hold of serve and a 3-2 lead, but Tsitsipas refused to be overwhelmed and hit back for a 6-4 lead, but failed to take both his match points.
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Tsitsipas nailed a backhand winner match point down and then produced a timely ace to earn his third match point which went his way after Anderson sent his return long.
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