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Alexander Zverev vs Tsitsipas ATP Toronto live streaming, preview and tips - Tsitsipas returns after Djokovic upset to face defending Rogers Cup champion

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 10 Aug 2018
  • Alexander Zverev vs Stefanos Tsitsipas is live from Toronto around 2.00pm local time on Sunday (7.00pm BST)
  • Zverev won their only previous clash last week in Washington
Alexander Zverev (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas clash for the second week running as the defending champion and Novak Djokovic’s conquerer square off for a spot in the Rogers Cup semi-finals in Toronto on Saturday.

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While Zverev is on another stellar run on North American hardcourts, successfully defending his Citi Open title last week and advancing to the Rogers Cup quarter-finals to compile a seven-match winning streak, all of the attention in Toronto at the moment is on 19-year-old teenage sensation Tsitsipas after the rising star stunned Wimbledon champion, former World No. 1 and four-time Canada Masters champion Novak Djokovic on Thursday in the Round of 16.

Tsitsipas, who also beat top 10 star Dominic Thiem in the second round, produced the match of his life to take down Djokovic 6-3 6-7(5) 6-3 and advance to his first ever ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final.

"I feel very proud for me, myself, and my country. I'm putting Greece more deep into the map of tennis. So I'm pretty sure I'm making my family proud, all of those people that are watching, my coach, my father. It was a very emotional win," Tsitsipas said. "I've never felt so many emotions after a victory." 

One year ago Tsitsipas didn’t own a tour-level win and was ranked outside the world’s top 150. But fast forward 12 months and the Greek is now the youngest player in the top 30, projected to rise to No. 23 in the world on the back of his Djokovic upset, while last year’s Rogers Cup semi-finalist Denis Shapovalov is due to slip out of the top 30 after falling in the Round of 16 to Robin Haase.

Stefanos Tsitsipas (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
So it’s safe to say it’s been a whirlwind last year on tour for Tsitsipas, who indicated that results like this were on the horizon after he became the first man from Greece to make an ATP World Tour final since 1973 when he finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal at the Barcelona Open, while he also reached the semi-finals of Estoril and advanced to the second week of Wimbledon, falling to John Isner in the fourth round. Tsitsipas also progressed to the semi-finals of the Citi Open last week in Washington D.C. before going down to Zverev - can he avenge that loss one week later?


Zverev has been nearly flawless over the last fortnight - he’s dropped just one set on his current seven-match winning streak, beating Malek Jaziri, Mischa Zverev, Kei Nishikori, Tsitsipas and Alex de Minaur to retain his Washington D.C. title last week, while he’s continued his momentum into Toronto this week as he looks to defend another crown, easing into the quarter-finals with a 6-4 6-4 win over Bradley Klahn and a 6-3 6-2 win over Daniil Medvedev. Zverev was clinical against Medvedev on Thursday, winning 22/23 points behind his first serve as he advanced into his fifth Masters 1000 quarter-final of 2018.

“I feel good. I feel physically pretty well. I feel like I'm playing well... I get into a rhythm of playing matches one after another, and right now I'm in that rhythm,” Zverev said after the win.

The 21-year-old has won a tour-leading 43 matches this season, highlighted by capturing a third ATP Masters 1000 title in Madrid and successful title defences in Munich and Washington D.C., while he also finished runner-up at the Miami Masters to John Isner and made his first Grand Slam quarter-final at the French Open. Having conquered Roger Federer to land his second Masters title in Montreal last season, Zverev is on a collision course to face World No. 1 Rafael Nadal this time around - but he can’t afford to look past his opponent on Friday.

Zverev did register a relatively comfortable 6-2 6-4 triumph over Tsitsipas last week in Washington, but the Greek has all the confidence in the world now after his win over the Wimbledon champion. But, in turn, all of the emotional energy he let out could result in a letdown on Friday. Tsitsipas hasn’t really experienced this situation of playing back-to-back matches against top 10 players in a big tournament before, so the likely outcome on Friday is another Zverev win as the German continues his title defence.


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Alexander Zverev vs Tsitsipas ATP Toronto live streaming, preview and tips - Tsitsipas returns after Djokovic upset to face defending Rogers Cup champion

Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas clash for the second week running as the defending champion and Novak Djokovic’s conquerer square off for a spot in the Rogers Cup semi-finals in Toronto on Saturday.

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