Greek teenager, Stefanos Tsitsipas has upset Kevin Anderson, another top 10 player to book a place in the finals of the Rogers Cup in Toronto.
In the first semi-final played Saturday, he edged out the South African, runner up in the last Wimbledon, in three sets, 6-7 6-4 7-6. Tsitsipas worked for two hours, 48 minutes to secure his upset of the hard-serving South African, with Anderson going down with 10 aces.
The young Greek has been playing the best tennis of his life in Toronto. On Friday, he toppled defending champion Alexander Zverev 3-6 7-6(11) 6-4 to reach the semi-finals.
Tsitsipas victory over Anderson was like a mirror-image of the match against Zverev, dropping the first set and coming from behind to claim victory.
Today’s victory was the Greek’s fourth over a top 10 opponent after he dispatched Dominic Thiem and Novak Djokovic in the previous two rounds.
Tsitsipas, who will be 20 on Sunday, will know his final opponent after the second semi-final match between World Number One , Rafael Nadal and Russian Karen Khachanov.
“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday than playing a Masters 1000 final,” he said.
“It’s all unbelievable. I would have probably never thought this could happen so fast.
“I’ve really improved my game a lot. A year ago I was playing a Challenger in Slovenia.”
The Rogers Cup final is the young man’s first ATP Masters Final and his second ATP final, which he lost to Nadal on clay in Barcelona in the spring.
Tsitsipas became the first player since 2014 to beat four top 10 players in a Masters 1000 event; Jo-Wilfried Tsonga did it here in 2014.
He is the first unseeded finalist in Canada since Nicolas Kiefer in 2008.