Monday, 20 August, 2018

Greek teen Tsitsipas stuns Djokovic in Toronto

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Frederick Owens | 12 August, 2018, 18:59

Tsitsipas showed his nerve right from the start, as he surprised Djokovic (and everyone else watching) with a 5-2 game lead.

He rounded off his afternoon with back-to-back winners to send Djokovic, the victor of 30 Masters titles, out on a first match point.

Eighth-seeded John Isner, the American who won at Atlanta two weeks ago, beat France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-6 (3), 6-2.

"It's a dream of any kid out there in this world, any kid that's playing tennis, to beat these kinds of players, so I can call it the best moment of my life", a shocked Tsitsipas said. "To be on the same side of the net was great, and I enjoyed it very much so".

"He played very well and deserved to win without a doubt", Djokovic said.

"I thought I served well in the moments when I really need it and I was looking for the first serve", said Djokovic.

Anderson topped qualifier Ilya Ivashka of Belarus 7-5, 6-3, and Dimitrov beat American Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (1), 3-6, 7-6 (4). "But I just played not that great, especially from the baseline". Maybe if I played Chung it could be a little bit just having the home crowd support.

Tsitsipas would not be brushed aside, though, and a huge shot down the line sealed an early break in the third, before fighting back in a sublime hold that prompted Djokovic to smash his racket.

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After losing the first set 6-1, wild card Wawrinka took the second 7-6 (7/2) to force a third.

'But I remained calm.

"Yeah, well, I mean, I must admit it was exciting, but it was also odd because, you know, he's a top player", he said.

Veteran Dutchman Robin Haase advanced to the quarter-finals for the second consecutive year, beating Denis Shapovalov 7-5 6-2.

"I'm going to get into Cincinnati, the only [Masters] 1000 event that I didn't win in my career, and hopefully I can have a good tournament", ATP website quoted Djokovic, as saying.

Play continues through Sunday at the US$5.94-million tournament on the York University campus.

Tsitsipas will face second-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany, the defending champion coming off a tournament victory last week in Washington that included a semifinal win over Tsitsipas.

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