His breakthrough season reached another level on Thursday when he stunned one of the sport's biggest stars.
Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas has sent Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic packing in the third round of the Rogers Cup in Canada with a stunning 6-3 6-7 (7-5) 6-3 win.
The number 27 will play the first Masters 1000 quarter-final of his career. "I'm putting Greece more deep into the map of tennis", Tsitsipas said. "So I was waiting and I grabbed him like a bulldog and stuck there and executed, I executed my plan", Tsitsipas said.
"I'll take it as a good experience and look forward to the next event".
Djokovic, a four-time Rogers Cup champion, faded late on a warm, breezy afternoon at Aviva Centre on the York University campus.
Djokovic, 31, took 84 minutes on Wednesday to advance with seven aces and two breaks of serve while never facing a break point against Toronto-based wild card Polansky, the world number 121.
Heavy morning rain delayed the match by about an hour. "But I just played not that great, especially from the baseline". "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". "So just all in all, it wasn't that great of a match".
Tsitsipas called his knockout of Djokovic, "the best match of my career".
The aggressive play led to defensive shots from his opponent and Tsitsipas often converted when he had chance. (The early break in the third set) was everything. However, the 31-year-old Serb converted his third set point.
Djokovic, a 13-time Grand Slam champion, couldn't claw back and eventually seemed resigned to the result, even smiling a few times in the final game.
"Of course I was not at 100 percent today", Nadal, 32, told reporters. "I didn't crack under pressure".
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). He rose to prominence past year with a stellar run at the Rogers Cup in Montreal that ended with a semifinal loss to eventual champion Alex Zverev.