Greek teen Tsitsipas upsets Djokovic in Toronto

Tanya Simon
August 12, 2018

Bulgarian fifth seed Grigor Dimitrov laboured for nearly two and a half hours to subdue Frances Tiafoe of the United States 7-6 (7/1), 3-6, 7-6 (7/4).

In the tiebreaker, Zverev won a 20-shot rally to get his first match point at 6-5 but Tsitsipas poured on the pressure from the baseline and tied it. Tsitsipas saved another match point before converting his fifth set point at 13-11 when Zverev sprayed a return wide.

Tsitsipas, the 19-year-old rising star, took two hours and 17 minutes to beat Djokovic in his first-ever match against the ninth-seeded Serbian, a victor of four Canadian Open titles and a 13-time Grand Slam champion.

The Greek teenager - who has surged to No. 27 in the world rankings from No. 168 a year ago - reached his first career semifinal at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event.

'But I remained calm.

"The early break in the third set was everything".

Tsitsipas had beaten seventh seed Dominic Thiem to set up a meeting with Djokovic, the ninth seed, but said his triumph over the former world number one was the best of his career.

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"I mean, Denis is already established top 50 player, and he's making his way up", he added.

Tsitsipas will now have to face either second seed Alexander Zverev or Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev.

"It's great, I haven't competed in about four and a half weeks". Commenting on an eventual match against the Serb, Polansky said: 'His game style, he's a little bit better for me, let's say, compared to when I play (Roger) Federer second round just because Federer takes the ball so early and really puts a lot of pressure on you with that', admitted Polansky, who lost to Federer at last year's Rogers Cup.

The tennis player further credited Tsitsipas for the victory and praised him for displaying commitment and discipline on the court.

Novak Djokovic beat South African Kevin Anderson to win the Wimbledon men's singles title on Sunday. "With each game, with each point that I play, I feel more confident, more stable on the court, and everything falls into its place".

"I think it's quite an interesting experience for both of us and refreshing at times because we see each other mostly across the net", Djokovic added.

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