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Published:  02:15 AM, 12 October 2019 Last Update: 02:26 AM, 12 October 2019

Tsitsipas stuns Djokovic

Tsitsipas stuns Djokovic The seventh-ranked Tsitsipas recovered from losing the opening three games in just seven minutes to shock the reigning champion 3-6, 7-5, 6-3. -AFP

World number one Novak Djokovic was stunned in the Shanghai Masters quarter-finals by young Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in three sets on Friday.

The 21-year-old has now defeated all the "Big Three" this year -- Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal -- and faces another major talent in his Saturday semi-final against 23-year-old Daniil Medvedev.

He recovered from losing the opening three games in just seven minutes to shock the reigning champion 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.Tsitsipas sealed the deal with a gleeful smash and held both arms aloft, while Djokovic met his opponent with a warm embrace at the net.

"He deserved the victory, he was the better player," said the 32-year-old Serbian, who had looked imperious up until now. "Second and third set I started off very well, but then I wasn't sharp. "I lacked that little bit of dynamic movement and acceleration in my shots. "I didn't have any breakpoints for two sets. I mean, he did serve well, credit to him, but just wasn't pleased with the way I played."

Asked if the seventh-ranked Tsitsipas has the potential to be number one, Djokovic replied: "He definitely has, yes." After a dreadful start, Tsitsipas found his feet in the second set, winning on a tie break, then went 3-1 up in the decider when Djokovic planted his forehand wide on the third break point.

It was a double celebration for the young Greek, who has also confirmed his place in the prestigious season-ending ATP Finals. He did so after fourth-ranked Medvedev tamed self-styled "wild horse" Fabio Fognini 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) to canter into the semi-finals. Fognini was vying for a place at the Finals. Djokovic said that he is fully recovered from a shoulder injury.

He did not drop a set in winning the title in Tokyo and had carried that ominous form into Shanghai -- until he came across Tsitsipas.
 

--AFP, Shanghai



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