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Stefanos Tsitsipas stuns Novak Djokovic at Rogers Cup: 'I grabbed him like a bulldog'

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 10 Aug 2018
  • Tsitsipas upset Djokovic in Toronto on Thursday
  • The teenager is into his first Masters 1000 quarter-final
Stefanos Tsitsipas (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas recorded the biggest win of his young career on Thursday at the Canada Masters in Toronto, upsetting four-time Rogers Cup champion and reigning Wimbledon winner Novak Djokovic in three sets.

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Just two days shy of his 20th birthday, Greek sensation Tsitsipas produced a magical display of tennis to stun former World No. 1 and 13-time major champion Djokovic 6-3 6-7(5) 6-3 to advance into his first ATP Masters 1000 quarter-final at the Rogers Cup.

“This was the best match of my career,” Tsitsipas said after the triumph. “I knew I was playing pretty good today.
“Losing the second set, it was tough to deal with — I had my opportunities and didn’t use them. But I remained calm, I tried few things that I didn’t try before. (The early break in the third set) was everything. It gave me the win at the end.”

This time last season, Tsitsipas didn’t have a tour-level win to his name and was ranked No. 168 in the world. Instead of competing alongside the world’s best at Masters 1000 level, the teenager was battling it out in the less than lavish surroundings of a Challenger tournament in Slovenia.

Stefanos Tsitsipas (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
But fast forward 12 months and Tsitsipas will be the youngest man in the top 30 when the new rankings are released on Monday. First making waves towards the end of 2017 when he beat David Goffin on his way to the Antwerp semi-finals, Tsitsipas made headlines earlier this year when he became the first Greek man to make an ATP final since 1973 at the Barcelona Open.

Tsitsipas’s steady rise saw him make the fourth round of Wimbledon before a Citi Open semi-final showing in Washington D.C last week - but all of that pales in comparison to his spectacular dispatch of Djokovic on Thursday.

The 19-year-old showcased maturity beyond his teenage years to bounce back from the disappointment of losing the second set in a tiebreak, breaking immediately in the decider and then saving break point to consolidate for a 3-0 lead. And from there, Tsitsipas was cool, calm and collected as he closed out the victory in style.

“I was waiting and I grabbed him like a bulldog and I stuck there,” Tsitsipas said. “I executed my plan, I knew at some point that he was going to break. I just patiently waited for the moment and it happened.”

It was the fourth top 10 scalp for Tsitsipas this season - he also beat Dominic Thiem in Barcelona and the second round in Toronto, while he conquered Wimbledon runner-up Kevin Anderson on his way to the Estoril semi-finals earlier in the clay season.

Tsitsipas now faces defending champion and World No. 3 Alexander Zverev for a spot in the Rogers Cup semi-finals on Friday. Zverev won their only previous encounter 6-2 6-4 in the semis of the Citi Open last week - which the 21-year-old German went on to win.


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Stefanos Tsitsipas stuns Novak Djokovic at Rogers Cup: 'I grabbed him like a bulldog'

Rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas recorded the biggest win of his young career on Thursday at the Canada Masters in Toronto, upsetting four-time Rogers Cup champion and reigning Wimbledon winner Novak Djokovic in three sets.

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