Novak Djokovic did not expect to be on the losing end when he faced Stefanos Tsitsipas in their round three match in the Rogers Cup. Tsitsipar had failed to record a win on the ATP circuit that is until today.
Tsitsipas beat Djokovic 6-3, 6-7 and 6-3 during third-round play in what saw one of the tour’s top players against one that is just beginning his professional career at the ripe age of 19. Facing off against the Wimbledon champion, he managed to break Djokovic during the third set.
That was all it took to secure his advancing for the first time to a Masters 1000 quarterfinal in two hours and seventeen minutes. Tsitsipas played a powerful game against Djokovic, who seemed to fade as the match went on. As the third set was coming to a close, Tsitsipas sent a blistering crosscourt shot to earn match point.
Earlier in the day, Frances Tiafoe (USA) was defeated by Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) 7-6, 3-6 and 7-6, and South Africa’s Kevin Anderson earned a victory over Ilya Ivashka 7-5, 6-3. Thursday’s later matches will pit Canada’s Denis Shapovalov against Robin Haase, Rafael Nadal will face Stan Wawrinka, and Karen Khachanov will face John Isner.
Novak Djokovic has won the Rogers Cup four times in the past and was previously ranked No 1 in the world before dropping to 10th after failing to play any tournaments due to an injury to his elbow. Djokovic is known for his skills at retrieval, but they failed to slow down Tsitsipas who sent powerful groundstrokes forcing Djokovic to tire from the extended rallies.
Djokovic responded with defensive shots, but more often than not, Tsitsipas converted those and earned the point. He was able to take advantage of errors from Djokovic and sent powerful 200 plus km/h serves to win the first set.
The second set saw Tsitsipas watch a double break point slip past and costing him the game. Djokovic managed to go up in the second set to tie the match one set each. This didn’t seem to faze Tsitsipas at all as he opened the third set to take a 2-0 lead. Djokovic was unable to claw his way back into the set and appeared to be resigned that Tsitsipas was going to win.
After winning the third set 6-3, Tsitsipas threw his racket in the air and raised his arms in celebration. He will next face Germany’s Alexander Zverev, who won against Daniil Medvedev.6-3, 6-2. Djokovic had little time to ponder the result as he was due to play a doubles match with Kevin Anderson against Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert from France.
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