Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Tsitsipas upsets Djokovic to reach Rogers Cup quarterfinals

Tsitsipas upsets Djokovic to reach Rogers Cup quarterfinals

Nadal, who lost to eventual champion Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon semi-finals last month, beat former Grand Slam victor Wawrinka 7-5 7-6 (7-4) in Toronto.

The number 27 will play the first Masters 1000 quarter-final of his career.

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 is next due to play defending champion and second seed Alexander Zverev for a place in the semi-finals after the German comfortably dispatched Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-2 in just 52 minutes. "I feel like I'm playing well", Zverev said.

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

"I kind of fooled him when I was on the court", Tsitsipas said. It was all square on 4-4 when Tsitsipas attempted to break the world number ten's service, however Djokovic endured and led the set to a tie-break, which he eventually won, to bring the game to a draw (6-7).

Tsitsipas, who beat seventh-seeded Dominic Thiem and ninth-seeded Novak Djokovic earlier in the week, became the youngest player to beat three top-10 players at one tournament since Rafael Nadal - who was also 19 - did it at Monte Carlo in 2006. "I don't think he played well".

"I mean, Denis is already established top 50 player, and he's making his way up", he added. But if he wins, it would be a match that I'm really looking forward to'.

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Dimitrov, who last reached a quarter-final in April, added: "Clearly I'm not playing my best tennis, but I'm finding a way and managing to go through those matches".

In other matches, fourth seed South Kevin Anderson beat Belarusian qualifier Ilya Ivashka 7-5, 6-3 and fifth seed Grigor Dimitrov advanced with a 7-6 (7-1), 3-6, 7-6 (7-4) win over American Frances Tiafoe.

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

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.

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