Super Stefanos stuns Djokovic in Shanghai
Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas defeated world number one Novak Djokovic of Serbia 3-6 7-5 6-3 in the quarterfinals of the Shanghai Rolex Masters.
Coming into the match, the head-to-head was 1-1, with Tsitsipas beating the Serb in their only previous meeting on a hardcourt. Djokovic, the defending champion, got off to a great start by grabbing an early break and holding on to take the first set 6-3.
In the second set, both players held serve until Djokovic was serving to stay in the set, meaning that Tsitsipas won it 7-5 to force a third set. The Greek would then carry this momentum into that third set, taking it 6-3 without facing a single break point. In fact, Tsitsipas only faced one break point in the entire match, which was in the first set when he got broken to go down 2-0.
With this win, the 21-year-old from Athens has now achieved some impressive feats. He is the first player to ever beat Djokovic before the semifinals in Shanghai, as the Serb is a four-time champion at the event. Additionally, Tsitsipas is now the only player to ever come from one set down against Djokovic in the quarterfinals of any tournament. Tsitsipas has now reached his fourth Masters 1000 semifinal of his career, and his third of the year. This is also his ninth semifinal appearance in 2019 (at all levels) for the Greek. This win also secures his spot at next month’s ATP Finals in London, in which the top eight players in the world qualify for. Lastly, this marks Tsitsipas’ first career win over a current world number one.
Next up for Tsitsipas will be Russia’s Daniil Medvedev (world number four) in the semifinals. The Russian has won all four previous meetings against Tsitsipas, with three of them being on hardcourts.