Djokovic falls to Stefanos in Rogers Cup

Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas upset Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3 on Thursday afternoon in third-round play at the Rogers Cup.

For the first time in his young career, 19-year-old Stefanos Tsitsipashas beaten two top-ten players in a tournament, scoring his second such victory in as many days on Thursday at the Rogers Cup. A day after knocking off seventh seed Dominic Thiem, the Greek teen sent shockwaves through the draw by knocking out Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic in an epic three-setter.

Tsitsipas broke the ninth-seeded Serb early in the third set and held serve from there to reach his first career ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarterfinal.

Djokovic, a four-time Rogers Cup champion, faded in the decisive set against the flashy 19-year-old, who played with poise and power on a warm, breezy afternoon at Aviva Centre on the York University campus.

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

Tsitsipas did everything just a bit better than Djokovic in this match. They each had 11 aces, but the Greek only had two double faults to his opponent’s four. He won 84 percent of his first serve points and 68 percent of his seconds, a huge number when playing Djokovic. Most importantly, he saved the only two break points he faced in the match.

By no means were Djokovic’s numbers bad, 73 percent first serves won, 61 percent of second serves and saving eight of ten break points. Unfortunately, he failed to get much going on his return, a rarity for one of the tour’s best returners.

Tsitsipas is through to the quarterfinals of a Masters 1000 event for the first time in his career. He will meet either Daniil Medvedev or defending champion Alexander Zverev in the last eight.

 

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