Tsitsipas says he's now capable of beating any opponent

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WATCH —Match point from Stefanos Tsitsipas's win over Kevin Anderson in Toronto:

Stefanos Tsitsipas has new confidence in his game and his abilities following a stellar week in Toronto, where he defeated four top 10 players in a row to get to the final against Rafael Nadal.

He also reached the semifinals of Washington a week ago, playing nine matches in two weeks, and says it's taught him he belongs at the top.

"I'm capable of doing anything on the court, beating any opponent," he said. "Because I feel that all of my shots are big weapons. And it's tough to find, I would say, players with so much confidence in their shots. And I feel like I'm playing pretty good and I feel better than ever."

That confidence is helping him play the way he wants, serving big and going for his shots.

"It doesn't matter what the score. I'm always going to attack. I'm always going to go to the ball, maybe even approach after my shot," he said. "That's one of the things psychologically that I feel a difference with my forehand and my serve. I feel like I can do anything with those two shots. And my backhand, of course, the down-the-line backhand, change directions, make the opponent guess of where I'm going to play.

"And I feel like my forehand is on fire at this moment.

"So there's a lot of variety in my game and my opponents never know what to expect from me."

The sole thing that seems to have given him trouble this week is keeping score. The newly-turned 20-year-old double faulted on his first match point in the semifinals against Kevin Anderson, but didn't even know it.

"I realized that it was 6-4 when I double-faulted. And somehow I looked on the scoreboard and then I understood, Oh, sh**. It was 6-5. It was match point."

But that just shows he was very focused, said Tsitsipas, who has also defeated Alexander Zverev, Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem this week.

Tsitsipas, ranked No. 32 a couple of weeks ago, will break into the top 15 in the rankings.


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Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Alexander Zverev headline the Rogers Cup in Toronto. Watch live coverage from four courts on Tennis Channel Plus beginning Monday, August 6th at 11:00 A.M.

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