One of the young athletes to watch in 2018 was Stefanos Tsitsipas, who earned 25 victories before Toronto and climbed into the top 30. Stefanos joined his seventh Masters 1000 event, his first in Canada, after the Wimbledon fourth round and the semi-final in Washington.
Tsitsipas became the youngest player since the ATP Tour’s inception in 1990 with four top-10 victories in a single event, displaying the tenacity of a real champion in the process. A gifted Greek defeated the No. 8 player in the world with a stunning 6-3, 7-6 victory in the second round.
Damian Thiem He lost only ten points after the opening shot and maintained his composure the entire time to set up the Novak Djokovic match. Stefanos defeated Novak 6-3, 6-7, 6-3 in two hours and 20 minutes, advancing into his first Masters 1000 quarterfinal on the strength of this momentum.
In Toronto in 2018, Stefanos Tsitsipas upset Novak Djokovic.
Stefanos achieved his seventh top-10 victory with it, and it significantly aided his ascent into the top-20. The teenage player defeated one of the greatest returners in history with a commanding serve effort, earning the victory.
He stopped both attempts at a break and kept the pressure on the other team. The Serbian arrived in Toronto having won Wimbledon, but he was unable to maintain his level of play after leaving London, failing to impress in the first two matches and unable to put in his best effort against Stefanos.
The youngster maintained the advantage on the court, kept his backhand safe, attacked at every opportunity, and kept the points on his racquet. Stefanos played like a man on a mission against a four-time champion, hitting 42 winners and 34 unforced errors.
In 25% of all opening strokes, he delivered a serve winner, outclassing Novak in the shortest of rallies. In the first service game alone, Djokovic had to battle against three break chances and resist them to stay in the match.
In game six, Stefanos made the first break to take the lead and seal the opening set with a hold at love at 5-3. Djokovic survived two break attempts in the ninth game of the second set to force a tie break, which he won 7-5 to force a decider.
Starting again, Tsitsipas secured an early break and prevented break opportunities in the following game to maintain the lead. The Greek played effectively throughout the remainder of the match and won with a forehand winner at 5-3 to go to the quarterfinals.