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. I know a bit better of the patterns that he's using on the court. But I have to accept it, deal with it, and move on. And I remained calm.
He took advantage of a Djokovic unforced error for an early break at 4-2 and used a few 210-km/h serves to take the first set by holding at love.
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.
However, Tsitsipas did well to break Djokovic for a 2-0 lead in the third set and never looked back.More news: Samsung plans $22 billion for artificial intelligence, autos
He rounded off his afternoon with back-to-back winners to send Djokovic, the victor of 30 Masters titles, out on a first match point.
Djokovic said he was having no problems with the shot clock despite being a player who regularly picks up violations for the length of time he takes between points.
"I'm happy to see Stan playing that well again". "It's true that with my serve in the second set I had some troubles but my return was working well.it was more about the mistakes from the baseline in my opinion".
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Tsitsipas will face second-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany, the defending champion coming off a tournament victory last week in Washington that included a semifinal win over Tsitsipas.
Tsitsipas' reaction to the 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3 win said it all.
Second-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany, the victor last week in Washington, beat American Bradley Klahn 6-4, 6-4, and fourth-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa edged Russia's Evgeny Donskoy 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (0). "I just played not that great".
He now wants to keep preparing as best as possible ahead of the US Open: 'Grand Slams are probably the most important tournaments for me, for many players. The 21-year-old Zverev beat Russia's Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-2 for seventh straight match win and tour-high 43rd of the year. "I think I'm improving".More news: Paul Merson claims Liverpool FC need key signing to win the title
World number one Nadal, who kicked off the evening session a little over an hour after its original start time, had some issues with his serve later in the match but still needed only 74 minutes to secure his spot in the third round.
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