Anderson sails into Toronto quarter-finals

Cape Town – South African tennis star Kevin Anderson has reached the quarter-finals of the Toronto Masters.

The fourth-seeded Anderson defeated Belarusian qualifier Ilya Ivashka in straight-sets, 7-5, 6-3, in their third-round encounter on Thursday.

Anderson, who needed needed three sets to beat unseeded Russian Evgeny Donskoy 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7/0) in his first match, will next face Bulgarian fifth-seed Grigor Dimitrov for a spot in the last four at the Canadian Masters 1000 event. Dimitrov defeated American Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (7/1), 3-6, 7-6 (7/4) earlier on Thursday.

Anderson also has a doubles match later on Thursday, as he and Serbia's Novak Djokovic will face the formidable third-seeded French pairing of Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert.

Their match was due to be played on Wednesday but was suspended due to rain.

Results from the ATP Toronto Masters tournament on Thursday (x denotes seeding):

Third round

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x5) bt Frances Tiafoe (USA) 7-6 (7/1), 3-6, 7-6 (7/4)

Kevin Anderson (RSA x4) bt Ilya Ivashka (BLR) 7-5, 6-3

Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) bt Novak Djokovic (SRB x9) 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3

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