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Rafael Nadal beats Marin Cilic to enter Rogers Cup semis

Rafael Nadal rallied at night to join the Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semi-finals.

Edited by: India TV Sports Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: August 11, 2018 18:51 IST ]
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Rafael Nadal celebrates his victory in Toronto

Top-seeded Rafael Nadal defeated sixth-seed Marin Cilic 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, to enter semi-finals of the Rogers Cup in Toronto. Meanwhile, Stefanos Tsitsipas pulled off another upset as he saved two match points in a 3-6, 7-6 (11), 6-4 victory over second-seeded defending champion Alexander Zverev.

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 semi-final.

The 19-year-old Tsitsipas beat seventh-seeded Dominic Thiem and ninth-seeded Novak Djokovic to reach the quarterfinals. He's the youngest player to beat three top-10 players in one tournament since Rafael Nadal — who also was 19 — in 2006 at Monte Carlo.

Tsitsipas will face fourth-seeded Kevin Anderson in the semifinals, trying to become the youngest to beat four straight top-10 players in an event since the ATP World Tour was established in 1990. Anderson beat fifth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-2.

Nadal will play Karen Khachanov, a 6-3, 6-1 winner over Robin Haase.

(With AP inputs)

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