Djokovic fends off Polansky to advance at Rogers Cup

Djokovic fends off Polansky to advance at Rogers Cup

"I just played sort of the wrong way", Raonic said.

Djokovic was chasing his fifth Rogers Cup title but was beaten in three sets by Tsitsipas, who turns 20 this weekend.

A confident Tsitsipas sent a blistering forehand to the back corner while the ninth-seeded Serbian was heading the other way on his first match point to secure the win before looking at his box in disbelief.

'I knew I was playing pretty good today, ' a delighted Tsitsipas said.

Djokovic, the victor of 30 career Masters titles. will next face either seventh seed Dominic Thiem, who has yet to step on to a hard court this summer with the US Open just over a fortnight away, or rising Greek youngster Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The match was played under threatening grey skies which eventually dumped heavy rain on the courts just after Djokovic wrapped up his win. He just played better in the decisive moments.

"He played very well and deserved to win without a doubt", Djokovic said.

'But I remained calm. "So just all in all, it wasn't that great of a match".

Kevin Anderson and Grigor Dimitrov are also through to the last eight.

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Next up for Djokovic in the round of 16 is Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas, who upset Austrian seventh seed Dominic Thiem 6-3 7-6 (6).

Djokovic went up a mini-break early in the tiebreaker but two straight challenges would go Tsitsipas' way, each time by a whisker.

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.

"But the crowd on the grand stand, I think they helped me a lot because it was so ecstatic, it was so energetic because it's so compact and it actually bothered Fognini quite a bit, especially toward the end".

"It's true that we had a clinker", he told Tennis World, "but time has gone since when we lift the spirits".

The world number 27 is through to the first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarter-final of his career.

Leading seeds who enjoyed first-round byes swing into action later Wednesday with number one Rafael Nadal starting against Frenchman Benoit Paire with second seed and defending champion Alexander Zverev facing American qualifier Bradley Klahn.

The opening match - a 6-3, 6-4 win for four-time champion Novak Djokovic over Canada's Peter Polansky - was delayed by approximately one hour.

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).

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