Toronto Masters: Stefanos Tsitsipas stuns Novak Djokovic

Ruben Hill
August 10, 2018

"I was really not focusing on winning or losing, just on starting to play good tennis and start building the right habits".

A former world No. 1, Djokovic is seeded ninth in the event he last won in 2016.

Djokovic has been stunned by the teenager Tsitsipas in Toronto.

Novak Djokovic sent Peter Polansky of Canada to a 6-3, 6-4 defeat on Wednesday (Aug 8) as the four-time champion powered into the third round at the Toronto Masters before insisting he's "comfortable" with the controversial "shot clock" innovation.

"I feel very proud for me, myself, and my country".

Tsitsipas set up match point with a scorching crosscourt victor before completing the victory in two hours 17 minutes.

His trademark retrieving skills were on display throughout the match, but Tsitsipas used strong groundstrokes to push the pace and force Djokovic to fully stretch on several rallies.

He held serve to open the set and wrong-footed Djokovic after the veteran served at deuce, setting up an overhead smash for the advantage before a brilliant backhand victor secured a 2-0 lead. "I just played not that great".

Heavy morning rain pushed back the opening matches at the York University campus in the north end of the city by about an hour, holding off the start of an exciting day that featured six Canadian players, including Montreal's Felix Auger-Aliassime on his 18th birthday.

"I didn't return well. It wasn't that great of a match".

He'll next face second-seeded defending champion Alexander Zverev of Germany, a 6-3, 6-2 victor over Russia's Daniil Medvedev.

Tsitsipas, who turns 20 on Sunday, relied on his serve and forehand combination to get by Djokovic, who was competing in his first tournament since collecting his 13th grand slam title at the All England Club last month.

He next faces Wimbledon runner-up and fourth seed Kevin Anderson who defeated Ilya Ivashka of Belarus 7-5, 6-3 to also make the last-eight.

"He just played better in the decisive moments", Novak Djokovic said.

Grigor Dimitrov will face Anderson next after finding some of his best serving to beat Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (7/1) 3-6 7-6 (7/4).

Cilic beat 11th-seeded Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-3, 6-2.

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

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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