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Stefanos Tsitsipas stuns Novak Djokovic

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Stefanos Tsitsipas was among the youngsters to watch in 2018, earning 25 wins before Toronto and moving inside the top-30. Following the Wimbledon fourth round and the semi-final in Washington, Stefanos entered his seventh Masters 1000 event and the first in Canada.

Showing the fighting spirit of a true champion, Tsitsipas became the youngest player since the start of the ATP Tour in 1990 with four top-10 wins at a single event. In the second round, a talented Greek scored a marvelous 6-3, 7-6 victory over world no 8.

Dominic Thiem. He dropped only ten points behind the initial shot and stayed composed from start to finish to set Novak Djokovic clash. Carried by this momentum, Stefanos beat Novak 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 in two hours and 20 minutes and advanced into his first Masters 1000 quarter-final!

Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated Novak Djokovic in Toronto 2018.

It was the fifth top-10 triumph for Stefanos and the one that gave him a massive boost in his quest toward the top-20. The youngster earned the win after a dominant performance on serve against one of the greatest returners in history.

He fended off both break chances and kept the pressure on the other side. The Serb came to Toronto after conquering Wimbledon but could not stay on the level from London, failing to impress in the first two matches and staying away from his A-game against Stefanos.

The youngster kept his backhand safe and had the upper hand on the court, attacking from every opportunity and keeping the points on his racquet. Stefanos hit 42 winners and 34 unforced errors and looked like a man on a mission against a four-time champion.

He placed a service winner in 25% of all initial shots and overpowered Novak in those quickest exchanges. Djokovic had to play against three break chances already in the first service game, repelling them to avoid an early exit.

Stefanos grabbed the first break in game six, forging the advantage and closing the opening set with a hold at love at 5-3. In the second set’s ninth game, Djokovic fended off two break points to reach a tie break and won it 7-5 to survive and introduce a decider.

Starting all over, Tsitsipas clinched an early break and saved break chances in the next game to remain ahead. The Greek served well in the rest of the encounter and sealed the deal with a forehand winner at 5-3 for a place in the quarter-final.

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