Stefanos Tsitsipas’ belief in himself probably has never been stronger, and considering his terrific play this week, that’s not really a surprise.
“I’m secure and I’m aggressive at the same time,” Tsitsipas said on Saturday night after advancing to the Rogers Cup final with a semifinal victory against Kevin Anderson.
“And it feels like I’m never losing it. I’m always there. It doesn’t matter what the score (is). I’m always going to attack.
“That’s one of the things psychologically that I feel a difference with, with my forehand and my serve. I feel like I can do anything with those two shots.
“And my backhand, the down-the-line backhand, change directions, make the opponent guess. There’s a lot of variety in my game and my opponents never know what to expect from me.”
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Anderson wasn’t sure when he might play doubles again with Novak Djokovic after the two hooked up this week in Toronto.
The decision to become partners came together not long after Wimbledon, when Djokovic beat Anderson in the final. The players’ respective coaches broached the idea and the players agreed to pair up.
“I really enjoyed the experience, I must say,” Anderson said. “I didn’t feel past emotions from Wimbledon. We played three matches here, and I thought we played great.
“I don’t know (if they will play together again) any time soon with our schedules and stuff. I definitely would like that opportunity again.”
While Anderson is looking ahead to the U.S. Open, he will first play in the Western & Southern Open, which goes this week in Cincinnati.
“I’m very pleased with how my body reacted (in Toronto),” Anderson said. “There’s always a few aches and pains you’re dealing with, but for the most part … I felt really good.
“There’s a lot of tennis coming up. I won’t be playing doubles (in Cincinnati), just focusing on singles. It helps having the (first-round) bye. I’ll have at least three days off before going into that and then a week off going into the (U.S.) Open.
“The schedule looks good. I’ve got a great team with me. Things are feeling good on that front.”
DIMITROV’S NEXT STOP
For the majority of those who didn’t advance in the tournament through the weekend, optimism remained.
Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria, who was eliminated by Anderson in a quarterfinal on Friday, already was looking ahead to the Western & Southern Open. Dimitrov won the event last summer, one of his eight career titles.
“Going back to Cincinnati, a tournament that I won, is great,” Dimitrov said. “That gives me a lot of perspective, confidence, everything that you can possibly think of. I’m excited. I like challenges like that, especially when you’ve done well in a tournament to come back and do it again.”
The 27-year-old Dimitrov had more than a few fans supporting him during his matches at the Rogers Cup.
“Every time I’m back here, it’s pretty amazing,” Dimitrov said. “Not only in this tournament, but everywhere I go I see the flag and it’s pretty special for me. Overall the crowd was amazing. Matches at 11:00, 12:30, it was a full house.”
Because of the rain on Saturday night, a centre-court ceremony to honour Daniel Nestor’s induction into the Canadian Tennis Hall of Fame was postponed … In the doubles final on Sunday afternoon, scheduled for 1:30, Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus will meet Henri Kontinen and John Peers, seeded second in the tournament. In the first doubles semi on Saturday, Klaasen and Venus upset the No. 1-seeded pair of Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic 4-6, 7-6 (5), 10-3. In the second semi, Kontinen and Peers defeated Nikola Mektic and Alexander Peya 7-6 (2), 4-6, 12-10 … The singles final will not start before 4 p.m. … Rafael Nadal became the first men’s singles player to qualify for the 2018 Nitto ATP Finals, to be contested at The O2 in London in November. “It’s my 14th qualification in a row, so it’s great news,” Nadal said … Nadal clinched his Nitto spot when he beat Marin Cilic on Friday night, and Nadal said of Cilic after the hard-fought match: “Before Wimbledon, I said to my team, for me, Marin was one of the real candidates to win Wimbledon,” Nadal said. “I (can) tell you how much I respect him and how good he is. He’s playing aggressive. He’s very difficult to stop and very difficult to play against him when he’s playing that way.” Cilic, ranked No. 7 in the world, wound up losing in the Round of 64 at Wimbledon.
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