Peter Polansky explains why he could beat Novak Djokovic

Peter Polansky explains why he could beat Novak Djokovic

Ross Houston
August 12, 2018

Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated his second seed in as many days at the Toronto Masters on Thursday (Aug 9), stunning Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals.

In earlier action, a solid-serving Novak Djokovic kept his bid for a fifth Rogers Cup title alive with a 6-3 6-4 win over Canadian wildcard Peter Polansky.

World No 1 Nadal battled past Wawrinka 7-5 7-6 (7-4) to reach the quarter-finals and stay on course for his fourth Canadian trophy at the Masters 1000 event.

Tsitsipas, who beat Austrian seventh seed Dominic Thiem in the second round here, will next face Zverev after the second seed beat Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-2.

The ninth-seeded Serb, competing in his first tournament since his Wimbledon triumph last month, won a dominant 83 percent of his first service points and wrapped up the day's opening match minutes before the first of several rain delays. "I knew I was playing pretty good today".

In the other late matches, top-seeded Rafael Nadal of Spain beat Swiss wild-card entry Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 7-6 (4) and eighth-seeded American John Isner was upset by Russia's Karen Khachanov 7-6 (5), 7-6 (0).

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.

"It's a dream of any kid out there in this world, any kid that's playing tennis, to beat these kinds of players", Tsitsipas said. "I don't think he played well". He just played better in the decisive moments. This is a far cry from 2017 where Tsitsipas did not even own a tour-level match win.

"I was really not focusing on winning or losing, just on starting to play good tennis and start building the right habits".

Milos Raonic of Canada was scheduled to follow Djokovic's win on center court, but that match was delayed by rain.

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

In the doubles quarterfinals, the top-seeded duo of Austria's Oliver Marach and Croatia's Mate Pavic edged Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands and Romania's Horia Tecau 6-7 (5), 7-5, 10-6.

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