Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Nadal reaches Toronto quarters with win over Wawrinka

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Cary Erickson | 12 August, 2018, 05:56

Nadal, who lost to eventual champion Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon semi-finals last month, beat former Grand Slam victor Wawrinka 7-5 7-6 (7-4) in Toronto.

"I knew he had some issues in some particular shots in his game, I would say".

This time past year, Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas had yet to record a victory on the ATP World Tour.

Tsitsipas is guaranteed to rise to a career-high ranking no matter what happens in his next match. He just played better in the decisive moments.

"I've known him, I've practised with him, but I've never played an official match so definitely not easy to find a rhythm from the beginning of the match", Djokovic said. "So just all in all, it wasn't that great of a match".

Also, Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation beat 12th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain 6-4, 7-6 (3); Ilya Ivashka of Belarus topped American Ryan Harrison 7-6 (5), 6-4; and American Frances Tiafoe edged Canada's Milos Raonic 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-1.

Khachanov beat eighth-seeded John Isner of the United States 7-6 (5), 7-6 (1), and Haase topped Canadian Denis Shapovalov 7-5, 6-2.

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He took advantage of a Djokovic unforced error for an early break at 4-2 and used a few 210-km/h serves to take the first set by holding at love.

Stefanos Tsitsipas celebrates on his way to defeating Novak Djokovic. "I'm putting Greece more deep into the map of tennis", Tsitsipas said.

He will face Robin Haase of the Netherlands in the third round on Thursday. "Even one spot for me is a big thing", he said.

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. Obviously, back then, I think 2009, he was a little bit of a different player back then.

The six-foot-four right-hander has reached the quarter-finals at seven Tour events and was a finalist at the Barcelona Open last April. He rose to prominence past year with a stellar run at the Rogers Cup in Montreal that ended with a semifinal loss to eventual champion Alexander Zverev.

The 19-year-old forced the former world number one Djokovic onto the back foot in the first set but was unable to wrap up a straight-sets win as the 13-time Grand Slam champion claimed the tiebreak with the Greek firing long having saved two set points.

Kyrgios, who last week withdrew from a tournament in Washington DC due to an ongoing injury, raced through the opening set but was unable to win the big points when they mattered most to go down 1-6 7-5 7-5.