Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Djokovic stunned by Greek teen Tsitsipas in Toronto

Djokovic stunned by Greek teen Tsitsipas in Toronto

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 (1) 3-6 7-6 (4) win over American Frances Tiafoe.

He will face Robin Haase of the Netherlands in the third round on Thursday.

Djokovic, 31, took 84 minutes on Wednesday to advance with seven aces and two breaks of serve while never facing a break point against Toronto-based wild card Polansky, the world number 121.

Second-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany, the victor last week in Washington, beat American Bradley Klahn 6-4, 6-4, and fourth-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa edged Russia's Evgeny Donskoy 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (0).

Djokovic said he was having no problems with the shot clock despite being a player who regularly picks up violations for the length of time he takes between points.

With his long dark locks flowing behind a bright pink headband, Tsitsipas didn't seemed fazed. "So I was waiting and I grabbed him like a bulldog and stuck there and executed, I executed my plan", Tsitsipas said.

However, Tsitsipas did well to break Djokovic for a 2-0 lead in the third set and never looked back.

"But the crowd on the grand stand, I think they helped me a lot because it was so ecstatic, it was so energetic because it's so compact and it actually bothered Fognini quite a bit, especially toward the end".

"I was serving well so that break was everything", Tsitsipas said. "I didn't crack under pressure. In the moments when I probably needed to step it up, I did".

Tsitsipas raised his arms and tossed his racket in the air after sealing the win.

Tsitsipas now faces defending champion Alexander Zverev in the final eight after the German routed Daniil Medvedev in straight sets.

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

The world number 27 is through to the first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarter-final of his career.

He defeated seventh-seeded Dominic Thiem of Australia earlier this week and will be looking to avenge a semi-final loss to Zverev last week in Washington. "I thought I found pretty good accuracy and angles with the first serve, and also my second serve worked pretty well". In the US capital, he got a big win over world No. 11 David Goffin before falling to eventual champion Alexander Zverev, who he plays next in Toronto. Nadal opens his 2018 Rogers Cup campaign in Toronto on Wednesday.

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