Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Rafael Nadal drops retirement hint after reaching Rogers Cup final

Rafael Nadal drops retirement hint after reaching Rogers Cup final

But as I said, I didn't feel the ball at all.

Fourth seed Anderson was unable to break Tsitsipas' serve on any of his four opportunities and saw his lone match point opportunity vanish when Tsitsipas smoked a backhand crosscourt victor in the third set tiebreak.

'I don't think he played that well. I would never imagine that I could pull this out in a single tournament.

"I'm capable of doing anything on the court and beating any opponent", he said.

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. "I'm always there. It doesn't matter what the score is".

Despite being 32 years of age, Anderson appears to be having something of a career turnaround in the last year or so, and is fully deserving of his place in the top 10, based on the data he has produced during this time period.

The variety seemed to work against the hard-serving South African, who did not convert one of his four-break point opportunities in the two-hour 48-minute match.

Tsitsipas fired an ace for an 8-7 lead and converted his third match point when Anderson's return sailed long.

Nadal struck back in the second with a concluding break to square the match before taking victory with a break in the final game on his third match point after more than two hours.

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The win over world No 3 Zverev looked unlikely when the 19-year-old dropped the first set and fell behind 2-5 in the second. "He stayed pretty solid throughout the match".

"Sometimes when you concentrate too much, you lose the reality of what's happening", he said with a laugh. "Today, he definitely deserved to win".

Firstly, Nadal has played the Russian three times since July 2017, and won all three without losing a set, but the data from these has been very interesting.

"On the one match point that I had, he came up with an unbelievable backhand cross-court victor - it was a very impressive effort from him".

Tsitsipas is the first unseeded finalist in Canada since Nicolas Kiefer in 2008 when he lost to Rafael Nadal in the final.

Second-seeded Henri Kontinen of Finland and Australian John Peers completed a 7-6 (2), 4-6, 12-10 win over Croatia's Nikola Mektic and Austria's Alexander Peya in the evening just before rain delayed the proceedings.

In doubles semifinal play, Raven Klaasen of South Africa and Michael Venus of New Zealand defeated the top-seeded duo of Austria's Oliver Marach and Croatia's Mate Pavic 4-6, 7-6 (5), 10-3.

Canadian doubles great Daniel Nestor was to be inducted into the Canadian Tennis Hall of Fame before the late semifinal.

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

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