Published: Fri, October 11, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Djokovic v Tsitsipas, Federer v Zverev Friday In Shanghai QFs

Djokovic v Tsitsipas, Federer v Zverev Friday In Shanghai QFs

He recovered from losing the opening three games in just seven minutes to shock the reigning champion 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.

The 32-year-old Djokovic is looking imperious, having not dropped a set in claiming the title in Tokyo last week and continuing that ideal record in Shanghai.

Those losses came against Spanish world number two Rafael Nadal, who is not playing in Shanghai, in the US Open final last month and the Rogers Cup final in August.

Tsitsipas won a long rally to level the match and end Djokovic's run of 14-consecutive sets at the tournament. In the second set, Federer seized control with a service break in the seventh game.

"He deserved the victory", Djokovic said.

"I think [he's] the worst player I can play at the moment", Fognini said of Medvedev.

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But the 22-year-old has never made it past a Grand Slam quarter-final and is one of the new generation of players whom Federer himself believes will eventually surpass those at the top, even if they have not yet.

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But that was guaranteed when third-seeded Daniil Medvedev beat Fabio Fognini 6-3, 7-6 (4) in another quarterfinal match.

Medvedev - one other of the subsequent technology - despatched down 12 aces to assist see off Fognini and mentioned: "I don't know what happened, my serve was crushing it".

Incidentally, global warming may have played a part in Medvedev's fraying temper on the day, as he trailed 2-5 in the first set.

"I usually don't like to do it, to break the rackets, because it's never handsome", Medvedev said. The German served for the match at 5-3 in the second set, but couldn't nail down the victory until the tiebreaker. "The sun was disturbing me from both sides, every time you go from complete shadow, where you're, like, I want the lights on, and then you go into the sun and the other side is in the shadow, so when he hits the ball, you can not really see it the way you want". "Surely, yeah, that's what I tried to show today on the match and it worked out".

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