Published: Fri, August 10, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Novak Djokovic knocked out of Rogers Cup by Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas

Novak Djokovic knocked out of Rogers Cup by Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas

"So I was waiting and, like, I grabbed him like a bulldog and stuck there and executed - yeah, I executed my plan". I know a bit better of the patterns that he's using on the court.

"At at the moment I'm just concentrating getting high in the rankings".

Djokovic, a four-time Rogers Cup champion, faded late on a warm, breezy afternoon at Aviva Centre on the York University campus.

Tsitsipas set up match point with a scorching crosscourt victor before completing the victory in two hours 17 minutes. 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". But I just played not that great, especially from the baseline.

'So all in all, it wasn't that great of a match.

Nadal will face Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland, a 1-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (10) victor over Marton Fucsovics of Hungary.

During the match Djokovic, who beat Kevin Anderson in last month's Wimbledon final, lost his cool and stamped on his racquet to snap it in half. Top seed Rafael Nadal of Spain had the prime court to open the evening session followed by Auger-Aliassime.

Djokovic failed to break his opponent's serve throughout the duration of the match and Tsitsipas was delighted with his performance.

The aggressive play led to defensive shots from his opponent and Tsitsipas often converted when he had chance.

Nadal came from a mini-break down in the tiebreaker and secured victory on his second match point.


He held serve to open the set and wrong-footed Djokovic after the veteran served at deuce, setting up an overhead smash for the advantage before a brilliant backhand victor secured a 2-0 lead. "I feel like I'm playing well", Zverev said. I'm going get into Cincinnati, the only 1000 event that I didn't win in my career, and hopefully I can have a good tournament.

Djokovic, a 13-time Grand Slam champion, couldn't claw back and eventually seemed resigned to the result, even smiling a few times in the final game.

"Of course I was not at 100 percent today", Nadal, 32, told reporters.

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

The Greek ace set up an exciting quarter-final showdown with defending champion Alexander Zverev tonight.

Eighth-seeded John Isner, the American who won at Atlanta two weeks ago, beat France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-6 (3), 6-2.

Tsitsipas was ranked 168th in the world a year ago but has since rocketed to No. 27. These are the biggest events we have in ATP tour.

Play continues through Sunday at the $5.94-million (U.S.) tournament.

"I thought I found pretty good accuracy and angles with the first serve, and also my second serve worked pretty well".

Earlier Wednesday, tournament officials announced that Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina had withdrawn because of a left wrist injury.

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