Greek chic: Tsitsipas stuns Djokovic in Toronto
TORONTO, Canada – Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated his second seed in as many days at the Toronto Masters on Thursday, stunning Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3 to reach the quarter- finals.
The Greek teenager, who turns 20 on Sunday, followed up his defeat of seventh seed Dominic Thiem, beating four-time champion Djokovic, seeded ninth, in a first-time meeting.
But upsets were not in the plan of holder Alexander Zverev, who rolled over Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-2 in just 52 minutes while never facing a break point.
It was the fourth straight win in that series from the German second seed, who comes to Canada with a Washington title at the weekend.
Tsitsipas, ranked 27, spent just over two hours in advancing to the first Masters 1000 quarter-final of his career.
The 19-year-old forced the former world number one Djokovic onto the back foot in the first set but was unable to wrap up a straight-sets win as the 13-time Grand Slam champion claimed the tiebreak with the Greek firing long
having saved two set points.
In the third set, the teenager showed great composure to break for a 2-0 lead and then saved a break point for a 3-0 margin.
He rounded off his afternoon with back-to-back winners to send Djokovic, the winner of 30 Masters titles, out on a first match point.
It was just Djokovic’s fourth loss in his last 25 matches while Tsitsipas goes on to face either second seed Alexander Zverev or Russia’s Daniil Medvedev.
Bulgarian fifth seed Grigor Dimitrov required almost two and a half hours to subdue Frances Tiafoe of the United States 7-6 (7/1), 3-6, 7-6 (7/4).
He next faces Wimbledon runner-up and fourth seed Kevin Anderson who defeated Ilya Ivashka of Belarus 7-5, 6-3 to also make the last-eight.
“It’s great, I haven’t competed in about four and a half weeks. And to come out and just play, I mean, that’s all I wanted,” said ATP World Tour Finals champion Dimitrov.
“I was really not focusing on winning or losing, just on starting to play good tennis and start building the right habits.”
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.
“I think I’m improving. With each game, with each point that I play, I feel more confident, more stable on the court, and everything falls into its place.”
Sixth seed Marin Cilic continued his quiet progress, beating Argentine 11th seed Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-2.
Top seed and world number one Rafael Nadal plays later Thursday against Swiss Stan Wawrinka, who has earned two three-set comeback wins so far this week.