Monday, 17 December, 2018

Greek teen Tsitsipas upsets Djokovic in Toronto

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Rita Gibson | 12 August, 2018, 18:58

Djokovic was made to work to hold in his first service game and a laboured start soon handed Tsitsipas the break, the Serbian going long and then failing to recover and rescue the opener.

Tsitsipas set up match point with a scorching crosscourt victor before completing the victory in their first career meeting in two hours 17 minutes.

Tsitipas, who turns 20 on Sunday, beat the 13-time Grand Slam champion 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 in two hours 18 minutes. "And to come out and just play, I mean, that's all I wanted", said ATP World Tour Finals champion Dimitrov. And I actually thought I was playing bad the whole match.

His trademark retrieving skills were on display throughout the match but Tsitsipas used strong groundstrokes to push the pace and force Djokovic to fully stretch on several rallies. "I just played not that great. I feel like I'm playing well", Zverev said. "You know, beating [Rafael] Nadal previous year at Montreal, it was a big win for him, and he had some great matches along the way.

"It was a good match, a very positive victory for me over a tough opponent", Nadal said.

Second seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark also crashed out after she lost 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 to Belarus' Aryna Sabalenka.

Tsitsipas let a double-break point opportunity slip at 4-4 in the second set, eventually giving up the game after back-to-back shanks.

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While he didn't score, the Spaniard's hold-up play was impressive. Callum Hudson-Odoi was tipped to start after a bright preseason. New Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri got off to a winning start.

'That break [in the third set] was everything.

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.

"But I remained calm, I tried few things that I didn't try before".

"Yeah, well, I mean, I must admit it was exciting, but it was also odd because, you know, he's a top player", he said. "In the moments when I probably needed to step it up, I did".

Tsitsipas will next face second seed Alexander Zverev, who breezed past Daniil Medvedev 6-3 6-2.

"I was really not focusing on winning or losing, just on starting to play good tennis and start building the right habits". Haase instead played Mikhail Youzhny, beating the Russian 7-5, 6-2.

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