Novak Djokovic ‘grabbed like a bulldog’ by Stefanos Tsitsipas in Rogers Cup
Tsitsipas, 19, recorded the biggest win of his career to knock Djokovic out of the third round in Toronto.
The Greek ace set up an exciting quarter-final showdown with defending champion Alexander Zverev tonight.
But Tsitsipas believes his previous practice sessions with Djokovic enabled him to read the Serbian’s game and take the ascendancy.
“I had troubles in the beginning when we played couple of practice sets with him and tie-breaks,” Tsitsipas admitted.
“But now I’m more familiar with his game. I know a bit better of the patterns that he’s using on the court. So I felt confident.
“I felt confident with my game. And I knew he had some issues in some particular shots in his game, I would say.
“So I was waiting and, like, I grabbed him like a bulldog and stuck there and executed – yeah, I executed my plan.
“I knew that at some point he’s going to break, and I just patiently waited for this moment and it happened.
“Having the opportunity to practice plenty of times with him, and I wouldn’t say read his game, but get used to the way – the style he uses on the court helped me be confident in this match today and helped me execute my game, my plan.”
Djokovic failed to break his opponent’s serve throughout the duration of the match and Tsitsipas was delighted with his performance.
“I knew I was playing pretty good today,” he added
“So losing the second set, it was tough to deal with. You know, I had my opportunities and didn’t use them.
“So I’m pretty used to that. I had matches like this in the past where I was close of winning the match and things didn’t go my way.
“Eventually, I lost the set. And I remained calm.
“I tried few things that I didn’t try before, and I played a little bit more with variety and changed the pace a bit of the ball, played deeper, played smarter.”