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TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 09: Novak Djokovic of Serbia walks off the court after being defeated by Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during a 3rd round match on Day 4 of the Rogers Cup at Aviva Centre on August 9, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

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While we are still in the early rounds of the Rogers Cup, there were some big names in action Thursday and not all of them were able to survive the mayhem. 

Due to weather delays at the start of the tournament, organizers had to squeeze as many matches as possible throughout the day. This caused some players to compete in multiple singles matches in one day, which was as much of an endurance competition as it was a test of skill.

This led to plenty of noteworthy moments throughout the day in Toronto.

Note: Full results available at RogersCup.com.

Results

Men’s Singles

No. 5 Grigor Dimitrov def. Frances Tiafoe: 7-6(1), 3-6, 7-6(4)

Stefanos Tsitsipas def. No. 9 Novak Djokovic: 6-3, 6(5)-7, 6-3

No. 2 Alexander Zverev def. Daniil Medvedev: 6-3, 6-2

No. 4 Kevin Anderson def. Ilya Ivashka: 7-5, 6-3

No. 6 Marin Cilic def. No. 11 Diego Schwartzman: 6-3, 6-2

Robin Haase vs. Denis Shapovalov

No. 1 Rafael Nadal vs. Stan Wawrinka

Karen Khachanov vs. No. 8 John Isner

Women’s Singles

No. 3 Sloane Stephens def. Carla Suarez Navarro: 6-2, 7-5

No. 1 Simona Halep def. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 7-6(9), 4-6, 7-5

Aryna Sabalenka def. No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki: 5-7, 6-2, 7-6(4)

No. 15 Ashleigh Barty def. Alize Cornet: 7-6(3), 6-4

Johanna Konta def. Victoria Azarenka: 6-3, 6-1

No. 13 Venus Williams def. Sorana Cirstea: 7-6(4), 6-4

Kiki Bertens def. No. 8 Petra Kvitova: 6-3, 6-2

Anastasija Sevastova def. No. 10 Julia Goerges: 6-3, 7-6(2)

No. 5 Elina Svitolina def. Johanna Konta: 6-3, 6-4

Maria Sharapova vs. No. 6 Caroline Garcia

No. 1 Simona Halep vs. No. 13 Venus Williams

No. 14 Elise Mertens vs. Aryna Sabalenka

Notable Matches

Stefanos Tsitsipas def. No. 9 Novak Djokovic:  6-3, 6(5)-7, 6-3

Novak Djokovic’s first tournament since winning Wimbledon didn’t exactly go as planned as he suffered a Round of 16 loss to Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The Greek underdog was impressive with his serve and wasn’t broken all match. He had 11 aces and won 77 percent of his total serves, including 84 percent of his first attempt.

He eventually closed the match with his serve:

“I feel very proud for me, myself, and my country,” Tsitsipas said after the match, per ATPWorldTour.com. “I’m putting Greece more deep into the map of tennis. So I’m pretty sure I’m making my family proud, all of those people that are watching, my coach, my father. It was a very emotional win. I’ve never felt so many emotions after a victory.”

The 19-year-old was already the No. 27 player in the world entering the week and is clearly on the rise.

Meanwhile, Djokovic shouldn’t be too concerned about the loss but will need to have a cleaner performance if he wants to make a deep run in the U.S. Open.

Aryna Sabalenka def. No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki:  5-7, 6-2, 7-6(4)

Many expected Caroline Wozniacki to have two matches scheduled for Thursday, but an early loss ended her day—and her tournament—earlier than expected. 

The final point was a microcosm of the back-and-forth play throughout the match between these two competitors:

Aryna Sabalenka won just a few more overall points than her opponent but came through when it mattered, including in the third set tiebreak. She also performed well in key points of each game, excelling in both saving her break points and forcing breaks.

Meanwhile, Wozniacki was sloppy with her serve while tallying seven double faults to go with just three asses.

The No. 2 player in the world is coming off a second-round loss in Wimbledon and has lost in the second round once again despite getting a bye in Round 1. This is not likely how the talented player expected her summer to go.

Sabalenka will face No. 14 Elise Mertens in the third round.

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