Reigning champion Novak Djokovic bowed out of ongoing Shanghai Masters 2019 after sixth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece stunned him with a margin of 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the thrilling quarterfinals. Riding high on confidence Novak Djokovic started his game on a positive note like always but Greek professional Tsitsipas played fearlessly right from the beginning of Friday night. As a result, he turned the waves in his favour and registered the first win over the current world No. 1 champion.
However, Tsitsipas had a slow start in the match but later in the second set he grabbed the control in his hands and knocked down the tennis veteran with powerful serves. This was the first time when Djokovic failed to reach the semi-final round of ATP Shanghai Masters as he won the title four times in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2018. But this year Tsitsipas came with a strong determination and ended the winning streak of Djokovic at the prestigious tournament.
The Greek legend will next face third-seeded Daniil Medvedev of Russia in the semi-finals on Saturday who defeated the Italian opponent Fabio Fognini by 6-3, 7-6 (4) margin in 86 minutes of action.
The 32-year-old Serbian player said after losing the match to world No. 7 Tsitsipas,” he had the high-quality tennis and he played very well after his serve. I didn’t make him defend enough. I just gave him enough time to really dictate the play from the back of the court and he deserved to win.”
The top-ranked tennis great Novak made his way to the quarterfinals after beating American star John Isner in the ‘Round of 16’ on Thursday. The defending champion outclassed the World no. 17 Isner in 74 minutes of action with a comfortable margin of 7-5, 6-3 in the worth-watching battle.
Djokovic was not the only tennis legend who bowed out from the tournament after a disappointing defeat as his biggest competitor World No. 3 Roger Federer was also knocked out of the grand tournament with a 3-6, 7-6(9-7), 3-6 verdict. This happened when Germany’s Alexander Zverev handed a three-set defeat to the Swiss veteran and paved his way towards the semifinals successfully. The German star will next face either Dominic Thiem of Austria or Matteo Berrettini of Italy in the last-four round.