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Djokovic vs Tsitsipas ATP Toronto live streaming, preview and predictions - Four-time Rogers Cup champion Djokovic faces rising star Tsitsipas for the first time

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 9 Aug 2018
  • Novak Djokovic vs Stefanos Tsitsipas is live from Toronto at 12.30pm local time on Thursday (5.30pm BST)
  • First career meeting between the pair
Novak Djokovic (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Wimbledon champion and four-time Rogers Cup winner Novak Djokovic targets the quarter-finals in Toronto on Thursday in a highly-anticipated first career showdown with rising Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas.

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Currently riding a seven-match winning streak at the Rogers Cup after picking up the title in 2016, missing last year through injury and winning his opening two matches this week in Toronto, is Djokovic primed for a fifth Canada Masters crown?

The Serbian superstar has carried over his sensational Wimbledon winning form over to Toronto this week, advancing into the Round of 16 without relinquishing a set in fairly routine victories over lucky loser Mirza Basic and wildcard Peter Polansky. Djokovic beat the incoming rain in Toronto to conquer Polansky 6-3 6-4 in 85 minutes to secure his spot in the third round.

"I thought I served well in the moments when I really need it and I was looking for the first serve," said Djokovic. "I thought I found pretty good accuracy and angles with the first serve, and also my second serve worked pretty well. Overall my game was so-and-so. In the moments when I probably needed to step it up, I did."

After going 6-6 to start the season, Djokovic has now won 21 of his last 24 matches, including reaching the semi-finals of Rome, the quarter-finals of Roland Garros, the final of Queen’s Club and of course winning his 13th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, where he beat Rafael Nadal in a five-set epic in the semi-finals before taking down Kevin Anderson in straight sets in the final.


Djokovic has only failed to make the Rogers Cup quarter-finals once in 10 previous visits, with the Serbian winning his second ever ATP Masters 1000 title in Canada back in 2007 on his debut appearance with one of the most impressive runs to a Masters title in history, with all of his victims being either current or former top four players, including Nicolas Kiefer, David Nalbandian, Andy Roddick, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Also taking home the silverware in 2011, 2012 and 2016, can Djokovic land a fifth Canada Masters crown this week?

Stefanos Tsitsipas (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Standing in his way on Thursday is one of the sport’s brightest young talents. Stefanos Tsitsipas has also advanced into the Rogers Cup Round of 16 without dropping a set, with the Greek continuing his fantastic 2018 form in his debut in the main draw, beating Damir Dzumhur in his opening round before scoring his fourth career top 10 win in the last 12 months with a 6-3 7-6(6) triumph over Dominic Thiem in the second round on Wednesday.

It really has been a whirlwind last 12 months for Tsitsipas. The Greek youngster was ranked outside the world’s top 160 this time last year, but some stellar results on the ATP World Tour this season have propelled him to a current ranking of No. 27. It all started when Tsitsipas made his first ATP World Tour semi-final towards the end of 2017 in Antwerp, beating David Goffin along the way, however he’s taken his game to new heights in 2018.

Tsitsipas is currently 27-18 for the season, beginning the year with solid quarter-finals in Doha and Dubai before becoming the first man from Greece to make an ATP World Tour final since 1973 when he finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal at the Barcelona Open. The teenager went on to make the semi-finals of Estoril and advanced to the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time when he reached the fourth round at Wimbledon. Tsitsipas continued his good form to begin the North American summer last week, defeating Goffin once more on his way to the Citi Open semi-finals in Washington D.C., where he was eventually stopped by Alexander Zverev.

It will be the first career meeting between the pair, and it promises to be a fascinating contest. Obviously Djokovic in this kind of form and with that aura of invincibility coming back is the huge favourite, but Tsitsipas is an immense talent and should play like he has nothing to lose on Thursday. With Djokovic defending as well as he is, it will be hard for Tsitsipas to redline all match and generate the necessary balance of power and consistency to break through the Serbian, but it should be an entertaining contest nevertheless.


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Djokovic vs Tsitsipas ATP Toronto live streaming, preview and predictions - Four-time Rogers Cup champion Djokovic faces rising star Tsitsipas for the first time

Wimbledon champion and four-time Rogers Cup winner Novak Djokovic targets the quarter-finals in Toronto on Thursday in a highly-anticipated first career showdown with rising Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas.

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