Tsitsipas Sinks Djokovic In Toronto; Nadal, Zverev Advance
by Staff | August 10th, 2018, 12:25 am
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Novak Djokovic bid to return to the top of tennis hit a minor bump Thursday at the Toronto Masters. Looking like the Djokovic we saw earlier in the year, the former No. 1 was ousted by teen sensation Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-3 to reach his first career Masters quarterfinal.

The 19-year-old who posses some big groundstrokes but not a massive serve for a 6-foot-4 kid, only face two break points in the match and largely was untroubled on his serve by Djokovic.

“I feel very proud for me, myself, and my country. I’m putting Greece more deep into the map of tennis. So I’m pretty sure I’m making my family proud, all of those people that are watching, my coach, my father. It was a very emotional win,” Tsitsipas said. “I’ve never felt so many emotions after a victory.”

“I was serving well, so that break was everything,” Tsitsipas added. “It gave me the win at the end. And serving, [it was] unbelievable. [I was] returning pretty well here and there during the match. Yeah, [it is the] best win of my career.”

It was Tsitsipas’s second straight Top 10 win after beating Dominic Thiem on Wednesday.

Djokovic, who had high hopes after winning Wimbledon, took the loss in stride.

“I just played not that great, especially from the baseline. I didn’t return well. So all in all, it wasn’t that great of a match,” Djokovic said. “You have those days, and better earlier than later in this series.

“I really want to do well,” Djokovic said. “Losing in this kind of tournament, it’s not something I don’t care about. It really frustrates me. But I have to accept it, deal with it, and move on.”

“I’m going to get into Cincinnati, the only 1000 event that I didn’t win in my career, and hopefully I can have a good tournament.”

Next for Tsitsipas is a date with defending champion Alexander Zverev who blew out qualifier Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-2.

“I feel good. I feel physically pretty well. I feel like I’m playing well,” Zverev said. “I get into a rhythm of playing matches one after another, and right now I’m in that rhythm.”

Zverev, who dropped just one point on first serve, just beat the Greek last weekend in Washington.

Marin Cilic also coasted to victory over Diego Schwartzman by the same 6-3, 6-2 scoreline. Cilic now gets Rafael Nadal in a rematch of their Australian Open quarterfinal won by the Croat.

Nadal had to come from a 5-4 break down in the second to beat Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 7-6(4). The match was interrupted by a 45-minute rain delay with Wawrinka serving 5-6 in the first. And upon resumption, Rafa got the break.

In their 20th meeting, Nadal now leads the Swiss 17-3.

Home favorite Denis Shapovalov fell victim to the upset by Robin Haase. The two had made the semifinals in Canada last year, but Thursday night Haase took advantage of some poor play from the teen with a 7-5, 6-2 win.

“Robin did a good job today of really playing with my game, and he played me really smart today,” Shapovalov said. “So unfortunately I had a bit of an off day and those things happen.”

Haase will now face Karen Khachnov who pulled the 7-6, 7-6 upset over John Isner.

Grigor Dimitrov won his second set final set breaker edging American Frances Tiafoe 7-6(1), 3-6, 7-6(4).

“I was really not focusing on winning or losing. I was just [wanting] to build up and start playing good tennis and start building the right habits. And eventually, if you do all these things right, you win. And I think those days were just that for me,” Dimitrov said.

“Clearly I’m not playing my best tennis, but I’m finding a way and managing to go through those matches, and 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. So hopefully that’s a great step forward for me.”

Dimitrov moves on to face Wimbledon runner-up Kevin Anderson. The South African knocked out Belarussian qualifier Ilya Ivashka. Dimitrov leads Anderson 6-1 in their head-to-head.

“He’s been playing unbelievable throughout the whole year… Given the facts and the stats right now, for sure he’s the favourite,” Dimitrov said of Anderson. “But as I said, I’m very determined to just keep on fighting and keep on building from my game. I mean, this is what I want. I want to be here.”

FRIDAY TORONTO SCHEDULE
Centre Court Starts At 12:30 Pm
5 Grigor Dimitrov v 4 Kevin Anderson
Stefanos Tsitsipas v 2 Alexander Zverev

Not Before 6:30 Pm
Robin Haase v Karen Khachanov
Not Before 8:00 Pm
1 Rafael Nadal v Marin Cilic


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77 Comments for Tsitsipas Sinks Djokovic In Toronto; Nadal, Zverev Advance

Mystic - Willow Says:

LOL Loved Tsisipas quote, not in a mean spirited way, nice he wasnt intimidated by Novak, he just relished playing him ….


Humble Rafa Says:

Sissy pus is not playing bad, I must say.


RZ Says:

All aboard the Tsitsi-bus!


RZ Says:

I only saw a few minutes of the Nadal-Wawrinka match, but it looked like Stan was playing much better than in his previous matches.


Giles Says:

Yes, I think Wawa is back.


Humble Rafa Says:

Old man is at home. Injury returns are back in the dog house. Guess who is King? Your current world number 1.


Humble Rafa Says:

https://twitter.com/atpworldtour/status/1027852137898885120?s=21
Rafa. Wow!

I have been getting a lot of backhand jealousy from “people”.


Daniel Says:

Anderson trashed Dimi double 6-2.

Tsitsi started 2-0 hit Zverev already won 3 straight games and serving. This could be a near rivalry at the top in 3 years time.


Daniel Says:

Zverev should have close this match long time ago. Tsisipas got steam at the end, stop missing and change the Dynamics. Third set it is.


Margot Says:

Fab tie break and into the 3rd we go as the young guns gave a shoot out at the old Canadian saloon.


Daniel Says:

Bizarre match. Zverev had all the chances and did not save a singles BP whole match. This loss will gonna hurt.

Credit to Tsisipas, but I think Anderson will beat him easy, he was tio erratic today, while Anderson os gonna be way more solid on serve.


Django Says:

Wow….Tsitsipas all the way!


FedExpress Says:

One of the chokes of the year delievered by Sascha. WTF has he done?

Nadal has no real opponent to deal with. Hand him the trophy already.


Margot Says:

The Gorgeous Greek wins. Well done him but think he’ll now be done in against Anderson.
Awful line call for Sascha at an absolutely crucial point in the final game. Boy will he be kicking himself for not challenging.


j-kath Says:

My goodness “Sit & Sip” is slurping them up. Wonder how he matches up with the past i.e. 19 year old Rafa/Roger/Novak & Andy.

Will he be able to replicate his form at Cincy…..all four will be there…will he be able to face up to the two “R’s”?


Daniel Says:

Did not understand that either Margot. Was talking to tv, challenge!!!


FedExpress Says:

Zverev not giving any credit to Tsitispas..”I don’t think he played that well. I think the match was absolutely pathetic on all levels. I’m very honest with you guys (press). Today was an absolute pathetic match I don’t even think he played well”

LOLLLLLLLLLLL


chofer Says:

The “problem” with Zverev it’s not that he’s right. Is that he incriminates himself about choking away.

Tsitsipas, the claycourter who’s demostrating how to play on harcourts. Somewhere Thiem is pulling the trigger on himself.

This guy has the more upside than everyone tagged “Next Gen”.

The scariest thing is that he CAN get better. Shot selection still suspect. Like Zverev, he didn’t have to play his best either.

Watch out for him at the Us Open.


ChrisFord1 Says:

” Tsitsipas had trained with Djokovic many times before this match. ‘I had troubles in the beginning when we played couple of practice sets with him and tie-breaks’, Stefanos admitted. ‘But now I’m more familiar with his game.”

At this point in his career, maybe Novak should practice less with the Top tier of “Young Guns”.


Daniel Says:

Cilic robbed twice. Should have broken already with nas LINE calls. Still 2 BPs


Daniel Says:

Damm, Cilic is zooning now. Return winner for double break. 4-1 up and serve in 17 min


chofer Says:

Cilic channeling his UsOpen 2014 “zone” triumph.

This spells: I’ll win the tournament.

Unless a Zverev-like case of “choking· appears out of nowhere.

So far, not happening.


Daniel Says:

Nadal is not able to cope with Cilic’s shots Tonight. Ita like Nadal shots stops for Cilci to hit winners from anywhere. Long time since last saw Nadal get Destroyed like this.


Daniel Says:

Lost count of how many BH winners he made. Mroe than 10


chofer Says:

Nadal didn’t play at his best the whole week. Nothing to take away from Marin’s today. I’ve followed him this week and HE DID.

I don’t think, in this form, he will lose to anyone left in the draw. I’s be very surprised.

The USOpen is gettin more interesting by the minute.


chofer Says:

Cilic’s song playing on his mind right now: Silent Lucidity.


chofer Says:

Rafa will fight, for sure.

I’m not sure if it’ll be enough today.


Daniel Says:

After 10 min Nadal saves 5 SP and avoid a 6 game moral bagel. Cilic will serve 5-2 for the set.


chofer Says:

Daniel

The good thing is that Rafa is not daunted by “moral bagels”.

The bad thing: I don’t know how he’ll escape when Cuilic is keeping him way beyond the baseline.

Rafa’s shots on hardcourts are useless if he can’t take the role of agressor.


chofer Says:

Well, he’s so pumped up. That win in Australia, regardless of Rafa’s condition, sure helps.


Daniel Says:

1st set in the bag.


chofer Says:

BTE

The Zverev-Tsistipas match today reminded me so much of the early dinamics of the Djoko-Murray ones. Here’s a surfire rivalry to keep an eye for.


chofer Says:

BTW, I meant.


fred stone Says:

Wardrobe change…


Daniel Says:

Agree chofer. Hard to see Nadal turning this around. WhatsApp he can ar least do is increase his First serve from 49% to above 60%. And hope Cilic start missong more. 17 winners to 11 UE in a short set is great stats for Cilic


chofer Says:

Khachanov grew up idolizing Delpo. Let’s see if he can “decode” this Cilic loke Delpo usually does. Assuming he’s winning today, of course:))


chofer Says:

Daniel

Agree.

But Rafa is such a fighter. Cilic needs to pull the trigger. Even if he misses more…


chofer Says:

Upss, there was a very short ball Cilic didn’t follow with approach and net. Having doubts against Nadal is dangerous.


chofer Says:

Ok, this the “do or die” game for both. The 4th one.

Crucial.


Daniel Says:

Cilic os ubalbe to break Nadal since that 10 min game. Had chance First game seocnd set also and Now 3 more gone.
4th BP this game to get the break back


chofer Says:

Rafa, the escapist.


Daniel Says:

He was 2/3 diet 2 break and Now he is 0/10 last 3 games he Haas chances. Suddenly he is not able to break anymore and anadal getting more First serves in down BPs


chofer Says:

Well, the Cilic of UsO 14 wold already have stomped all over: 6-1 and up a break in the second.

He may have complicated this match in that VERY short ball he hesitated to attack.


chofer Says:

ONE point can change an entire match.

Anyway, the “pilot level” of Cilic today is high. It’s Rafa who needs to up a gear.


chofer Says:

Rafa playing high to the middle? If he’s not moving Marin, he’s not winning this.


chofer Says:

If Rafa breaks Cilic next, then we have a match. If not, then I’m not sure Cilic is not breaking back.

He surely wasted too many chances.


chofer Says:

Perhaps Marin is thinking of breaking himself… by double faulting? Hmm…


chofer Says:

Ok. the shot of today is Cilic’s BH, regarless of the outcome. I don’t think Zverev would do it better.


chofer Says:

And then I ruined it:))


chofer Says:

Breaking back and the match it’s over.


Daniel Says:

Wow, what a game to break. The crosscourt BH angled Cilic hit after Nadal hit one of his FH open Court setting double BP was amazing.

4-5 and If hold he leves Second set


chofer Says:

It’s over. Even if they go to TB. Too much off the BH side Cilic today. Rafa can’t attack it with his FH.

Can’t move him around. What about the drop-shot opyion. Cilic hesitated whe the ball got no pace. Nadal not lucid, either.


chofer Says:

OMG. That smash was something of another match.


chofer Says:

That mistake is the hole where Rafa can sneak in. It was HUGE.

Out of nowhere error!


Daniel Says:

Cilic melt down afyer that awful smash


chofer Says:

ONE point can change a match? Make TWO for Cilic.

Gifting with a terrible smash. Absurd.


chofer Says:

Daniel

Cilic was handling this match in spite of that early break.

That smash is a sign of “nervourness”.

You can’t be nervous against Nadal. Incomprehensible error!


Daniel Says:

A shot that was a winner. Nadal miracoulasly was able to Send It to the moon, land in and Cilic made that bizarre mistake. 40-15 was 5-5 clear. Than he loses 4 staright points.

Nadal finding a way with Cilic clearly playing better. And he will serve first.

In Nadal’s side he dos increase his 1st serves in to 63% só his parte he did. But even so, mentally Cilic must be disrupt.

First 2 games with both serving will be crucial.


chofer Says:

If Cilic loses this,l it will hurt.

Look out for that smash in the highlights. I hope it is there. It’s one of those shots that can literally sink one a match that was in your hands.


chofer Says:

Rafa is not doing anything with his crosscourt FH. Cilic is inverting to play his Fh when his Bh is on fire.

If Rafa somehow manages to keep score, It will be the Croat’s fault. He could have won in two.

Let’s see.


Daniel Says:

The problem os Cilic didn’t save a singles BP. Só ubless he brokes First, any bad game or tense situation, adv to Nadal.


chofer Says:

Daniel

Agree. Your typing is akin to Marin’s smash today:))


Daniel Says:

Hum, 40-0 to deuce


Daniel Says:

Finally saving a BP. Nadal Now 2/3 and Cilic 3/14.


Daniel Says:

Typing from another phone and this one os even more stuborn with “automatic” words.


Daniel Says:

Cilic’s return Lost some pop even with Nadal servir better, 4 straight 40-15 games for Nadal is something he hasn’t fone the entre match.

From now on Cilic serving under pressure 3-4. This could go to a tievreak, points are shorter and both commanding on serve bar that 40-0 game Cilic complicate himself


Daniel Says:

Triple MP.

Credit to Nadal. How he fins a way to Win this match afyer the spank he got 1st set. And he is not even playing that great


Daniel Says:

Amazing. 1 smash and the match changed. But Cilic twice getting broken from 4-5 shows that Nadal won this match more on his tremendous mental fortitude.

Nadal x Anderson final me thinks.


chofer Says:

Agree.

Nadal and Anderson. If Nadla plays like the first set today, I even get Anderson chances.

Tsistipas’ looping strokes play to Rafa’s strenghts, me thinks.

Either way, Cilic should be bummed. He simply got this slip away.


FedExpress Says:

Unbelievable. Cilics pant must brown now. Wtf.

No way Kachanov or Anderson/Stefanos will beat him. They never did.


Humble Rafa Says:

Suggested headline for tomorrow

“Clay Court Specialist moves to semi-final of a minor, unimportant, useless tournament”


Margot Says:

Didn’t see the match, wrong time. Fabulous ring side commentary from Daniel and chofer! Thanks guys, you got the job :)


Mystic - Willow Says:

Such a classy way with words Fedexpress ….


Django Says:

“It’s my time”..isn’t this what Zverev once screamed?


Mystic - Willow Says:

When Novak was dominating mens tennis some of his fans didnt mind him practising with his rivals, i actually hated and still do when Rafa and Andy practice with him, but now some are saying he shouldnt practice with his younger rivals ….

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