Alexander Zverev called it an absolutely pathetic match.
Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas triggered a major upset in the ongoing Canadian Open on Thursday as he humbled 13-time Grand Slam champion Serbian Novak Djokovic in the round of 16. But even the Andy one, I was a little surprised by that one just because he was entered on his protected ranking, and the Federation chose to help him out so he could pull out with his protected and get a wildcard entry so he could save it for another tournament.
Tsitsipas, ranked 27, spent just over two hours in advancing to the first Masters 1000 quarter-final of his career.
Tsitsipas will face fourth-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa in Saturday's semifinals at Aviva Centre.
Bulgarian fifth seed Grigor Dimitrov required nearly two and a half hours to subdue Frances Tiafoe of the United States 7-6 (7/1), 3-6, 7-6 (7/4).
However, Tsitsipas did well to break Djokovic for a 2-0 lead in the third set and never looked back.
He defeated former World No. 1 and reigning Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3.
"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. 'I do remember when I played Djokovic, I was able to get to the point, and I was able to construct points the way I wanted to. "To be on the same side of the net was great, and I enjoyed it very much so".
Nadal was made to work harder in the second where the players exchanged breaks over six consecutive games before the world number one finally held in the ninth to seal the match when Paire sent a service return wide.
He earned his first match point with a cross-court forehand victor and clinched his two-hour, 18-minute victory with another one, dropping his racquet to the court with joy.
"So I think good days are ahead of both of them". "Today was an absolutely pathetic match". I tried few a things that I didn't try before and I played a bit better. "If we would have played best-of-five, that's what the score should have been".
"I mean, Denis is already established top 50 player, and he's making his way up", he added.
"Yeah, well, I mean, I must admit it was exciting, but it was also unusual because, you know, he's a top player", he said. But the teenager converted all four of his break-point opportunities while Zverev was five for 14.
"He played very well and deserved to win without a doubt", Djokovic said. He rose to prominence previous year with a stellar run at the Rogers Cup in Montreal that ended with a semifinal loss to eventual champion Alex Zverev.
Second seed Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark also crashed out after she lost 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 to Belarus' Aryna Sabalenka.