News ID: 219645
Published: 0153 GMT August 10, 2018

Greek teen Tsitsipas stuns Djokovic in Toronto

Greek teen Tsitsipas stuns Djokovic in Toronto
Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece celebrates the victory over Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the 2018 Rogers Cup in Toronto, Canada, on August 9, 2018.
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Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas secured the biggest win of his career when he sent Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic packing in the third round of the Rogers Cup with a stunning 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-3 win on Thursday.

A confident Tsitsipas sent a blistering forehand to the back corner while the ninth-seeded Serbian was heading the other way on his first match point to secure the win before looking at his box in disbelief, Reuters reported.

“It’s a dream of any kid out there in this world, any kid that’s playing tennis, to beat these kinds of players, so I can call it the best moment of my life,” a shocked Tsitsipas said in an on-court interview. “I never expected to beat such a top-ranked player and such a high-respected player like Novak.”

Tsitsipas, who turns 20 on Sunday, relied on his serve and forehand combination to get by Djokovic, who was competing in his first tournament since collecting his 13th Grand Slam title at the All England Club last month.

The Greek teen made some errors near the end of the second set that allowed Djokovic, a four-time winner of the tournament, to set up a decider.

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

For the resident of Athens, who arrived in Toronto fresh off a run to the semifinals in Washington where he lost to German world number three Alexander Zverev, the win is the latest in a breakthrough campaign during which he has reached the quarterfinals or better at seven ATP main tour events.

 

 

   
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