Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Novak Djokovic falls to shock defeat at Rogers Cup

Novak Djokovic falls to shock defeat at Rogers Cup

Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece celebrates on his way to defeating Novak Djokovic of Serbia during Rogers Cup tennis tournament action in Toronto on Thursday August 9, 2018.

The 19-year-old Tsitsipas broke the ninth-seeded Serb early in the third set and held serve from there to reach his first career Masters 1000 quarter-final.

Tsitsipas reached his first ATP World Tour final earlier this year at a clay-court event Barcelona, losing to Spanish great Rafael Nadal in the championship match.

Tsitsipas, who beat Austrian seventh seed Dominic Thiem in the second round here, will next face Zverev after the second seed beat Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-2.

Nadal came from a mini-break down in the tiebreaker and secured victory on his second match point. "I think before he was playing really bad".

Top seed Rafa Nadal battled past Swiss wild card Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 7-6 (7-4) and will next meet Marin Cilic, who took down Argentinian Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-2.

'I knew I was playing pretty good today, ' a delighted Tsitsipas said.

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.

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But Tetipas made a good offer to break Jukovic's lead and lead 2-0 in the third set and did not back down.

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

Novak Djokovic and Kevin Anderson posted a first-round doubles win at the Rogers Cup.

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

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

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.

Second seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark also crashed out after she lost 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 to Belarus' Aryna Sabalenka.

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