Novak Djokovic falls to shock defeat at Rogers Cup

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

Tsitsipas upset Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3 in third-round play at the Rogers Cup in a thrilling battle between one of the Tour's top young guns and the reigning Wimbledon champion.

"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.

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

He won on a third-set tie-break - his second in as many days - 7-6 (7-1) 3-6 7-6 (7-4). I had my chances to come back in the third set when I dropped my serve at 15-40.

Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas set up a match against Djokovic, knocking off seventh-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria, 6-3, 7-6 (6).

"And Felix, you know, he's not even 18 and playing at this stage and showing some dedication on the court and willpower, which is quite nice to see and refreshing", he said. "In the moments when I probably needed to step it up, I did". So I lost a little bit of concentration. But if he wins, it would be a match that I'm really looking forward to'.

He rounded off his afternoon with back-to-back winners to send Djokovic, the victor of 30 Masters titles, out on a first match point. "Today was an absolutely pathetic match".

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

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Heavy morning rain delayed the match by about an hour. But I think one is good to give away to a top player, but two is, in my opinion, pushing it'.

"I feel very proud for me, myself, and my country. I didn't play well".

"I was serving well so that break was everything", Tsitsipas said. But the teenager converted all four of his break-point opportunities while Zverev was five for 14.

"The Canadian teenagers are great players", the former world No. 1 said.

Veteran Dutchman Robin Haase advanced to the quarter-finals for the second consecutive year, beating Denis Shapovalov 7-5 6-2.

Djokovic, coming off his fourth Wimbledon title, beat Canadian wild-card Peter Polansky 6-3, 6-4.

Second-seeded Henri Kontinen of Finland and Australian John Peers dispatched Americans Sam Querrey and Rajeev Ram 7-6 (7), 6-3 in the late doubles match.

Play continues through Sunday at the US$5.94-million tournament.

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