'Djokerson' enjoys a solid start at the Rogers Cup

'Djokerson' enjoys a solid start at the Rogers Cup

Four-time champion Novak Djokovic advanced to the third round of the Rogers Cup on Wednesday, defeating Canadian wild card Peter Polansky 6-3, 6-4 in between rain delays that wreaked havoc on Day 3 of the Masters 1000 event.

Tsitsipas, the 19-year-old rising star, took two hours and 17 minutes to beat Djokovic in his first-ever match against the ninth-seeded Serbian, a victor of four Canadian Open titles and a 13-time Grand Slam champion.

Zverev rolled over Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-2 in 52 minutes while never facing a break point.

Tsitsipas set up match point with a scorching cross-court victor before completing the victory in 2 hours, 17 minutes. "But I just played not that great, especially from the baseline".

Defending champion Alexander Zverev, meanwhile, will face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the next round after the Greek teenager stunned Djokovic.

"The early break in the third set was everything".

The former world number one did not look himself early on and Tsitsipas took full advantage, but the tide appeared to be turning on the 19-year-old when he was pegged back in a second-set tie-break.

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'I knew I was playing pretty good today, ' a delighted Tsitsipas said. "You know, beating [Rafael] Nadal a year ago at Montreal, it was a big win for him, and he had some great matches along the way.

"I thought I found pretty good accuracy and angles with the first serve, and also my second serve worked pretty well".

His trademark retrieving skills were on display throughout the match but Tsitsipas used strong groundstrokes to push the pace and force Djokovic to fully stretch on several rallies. He just played better in the decisive moments.

In the doubles quarterfinals, the top-seeded duo of Austria's Oliver Marach and Croatia's Mate Pavic edged Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands and Romania's Horia Tecau 6-7 (5), 7-5, 10-6.

Tsitsipas, who turns 20 on Sunday, relied on his serve and forehand combination to get by Djokovic, who was competing in his first tournament since collecting his 13th grand slam title at the All England Club last month.

Kevin Anderson beat Ilya Ivashka 7-5 6-3 but his Wimbledon semi-final opponent John Isner didn't fare as well, losing 7-6 (7/5) 7-6 (7/0) to Karen Khachanov.

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