Published: Mon, August 13, 2018
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'Absolutely pathetic' - Alexander Zverev in remarkable rant after Stefanos Tsitsipas shock

'Absolutely pathetic' - Alexander Zverev in remarkable rant after Stefanos Tsitsipas shock

Meanwhile, unseeded Stefanos Tsitsipas, on his 20th birthday, is playing Rafael Nadal in the men's final in Toronto.

The 19-year-old Tsitsipas beat seventh-seeded Dominic Thiem and ninth-seeded Novak Djokovic to reach the quarterfinals.

"If you told me this two weeks ago I would not have believed it, " Nadal said. He has a great forehand, great backhand, good serve.

Nadal doesn't know what's next for him as the Cincinnati Masters remains an option, but he is in an ideal position as he takes his hard-court success into the U.S. Open.

Zverev, the German star coming off a victory last week in Washington, double-faulted on match point to send Tsitsipas to his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semifinal.

He will have to keep his one-handed backhand safe against Nadal's topspin forehands and if he realizes this the victory will be within his sight.


Tsitsipas, who turns 20 on Sunday, faced one match point before progressing against the world number six to reach to his first final on the main ATP world tour after nearly three hours.

Top seed Nadal edged out the first set in a tiebreaker after a two-hour, rain-delayed start.

However, Tsitsipas found world No 1 Nadal an obstacle too far as the Spaniard ran out 6-2 7-6 ( 7/4) victor. In addition, this was his 55th ATP crown on clay and he has won staggering 401 matches from 436 played on the slowest surface, proving once again his status of the most dominant player on a single surface in the history of our game.

But after losing from a set and 5-2 up, Zverev wasn't impressed with the standard from either player. His previous four titles this year came on clay at the French Open, Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome.

Tsitsipas picked up a mini-break in the first-set tiebreaker, but Anderson stormed back to take six straight points for the early lead. Tsitsipas held at love with a forehand victor in the opening game, which was very important for his confidence, but he fired a forehand long in the third game to drop serve and send Nadal 2-1 up.

The Spaniard didn't let up in the second set as he broke Tsitsipas in the opening game. While Tsitsipas struggled to break Nadal's precise service game, he broke through when he needed to the most.

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