South Africa’s Kevin Anderson drew first blood in the upset-field Thursday at the Toronto Masters. Anderson defeated third seed Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland 7-6, 7-5 in a match that lasted an hour and 44 minutes. This is his fourth ATP Masters 1000 quarterfinal and second of the year so far. He also defeated Wawrinka in the fourth round at Indian Wells to reach the final eight.
Wawrinka was aiming for a second career Masters 1000 title after winning his first at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters. Wawrinka had an impressive first quarter of the season which saw him winning his first Grand Slam title at the Australian Open and the aforementioned Masters title (defeated R. Federer).
Anderson, ranked 21st, will face seventh-seed Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in the quarterfinals after the latter outlasted Tommy Robredo of Spain in a three set match.