Scintillating Stefanos Tsitsipas dethrones Novak Djokovic in Shanghai

Novak Djokovic celebrates winning in Shanghai

Daniil Medvedev's 6-3 7-6 (7-4) victory over Fabio Fognini sealed Tsitsipas' spot in the season-ending tournament in London for the first time and the 21-year-old capped a memorable Friday by beating Djokovic 3-6 7-5 6-3.

"It's always a big challenge returning the serve of Isner", Djokovic said of his 6-foot-10-inch opponent.

"He had the high-quality tennis and he played very well after his serve", the 32-year-old Serb said of world number seven Tsitsipas.

One of 26 unforced errors from Djokovic gave Tsitsipas, who produced an array of searing backhand and forehand winners, three break points and he grasped the opportunity to take a 3-1 lead in the third before going on to seal his place in the penultimate round. "I started well in the first set, but I wasn't sharp enough".

Third seed Medvedev will play Fabio Fognini in the quarter-finals after the Italian 10th seed, who knocked out Andy Murray in the second round, defeated seventh seed Karen Khachanov from Russian Federation 6-3 7-5.

Even though Zverev's results have improved over the last three months, Federer still has over a 6% edge on combined service/return points won on hard court across that time period, and the -2.5 game line on Federer is likely to settle around the [1.90] mark, which I think is some reasonable value tomorrow.


Top-seeded Djokovic is on a 24-0 sets winning streak in Asia dating back to last year's Shanghai Masters.

The second seed saved five set points in the opening set against Belgium's Goffin on his way to a 7-6 (7), 6-4 victory.

Fourth-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria beat No. 15 Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3, 6-4 and next faces 11th-seeded Matteo Berrettini.

He was beaten at Flushing Meadows by Rafael Nadal in five sets.

"I never really felt like I had the upper hand over David today, I thought he did a really good job". I have had a good season and served well at the end.

Federer has also won 28 Masters 1000 titles in his illustrious career.

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