Shanghai - World No 1 Novak Djokovic was stunned in the Shanghai Masters
quarter-finals by young Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in three sets on
The 21-year-old has now defeated all the "Big Three" this year -
Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal - and faces another major
talent in his Saturday semi-final against 23-year-old Daniil Medvedev.
He recovered from losing the opening three games in just seven minutes to shock the reigning champion 3-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Tsitsipas sealed the deal with a gleeful smash and held both arms
aloft, while Djokovic met his opponent with a warm embrace at the net.
"He deserved the victory, he was the better player," said the 32-year-old Serbian, who had looked imperious up until now.
"Second and third set I started off very well, but then I wasn't sharp.
"I lacked that little bit of dynamic movement and acceleration in my shots.
"I didn't have any breakpoints for two sets. I mean, he did serve
well, credit to him, but just wasn't pleased with the way I played."
Asked if the seventh-ranked Tsitsipas has the potential to be number one, Djokovic replied: "He definitely has, yes."
After a dreadful start, Tsitsipas found his feet in the second set,
winning on a tie break, then went 3-1 up in the decider when Djokovic
planted his forehand wide on the third break point.
It was a double celebration for the young Greek, who has also confirmed his place in the prestigious season-ending ATP Finals.
He did so after fourth-ranked Medvedev tamed self-styled "wild horse"
Fabio Fognini 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) to canter into the semi-finals. Fognini
was vying for a place at the Finals.
Djokovic said that he is fully recovered from a shoulder injury.
He did not drop a set in winning the title in Tokyo and had carried
that ominous form into Shanghai - until he came across Tsitsipas.
Medvedev - another of the next generation - sent down 12 aces to
help see off Fognini and said: "I don't know what happened, my serve was
The Russian has a 12-0 record in quarter-finals this year and Djokovic this week described him as "very complete" player.
Federer, the 20-time Grand Slam champion, faces young German Alexander Zverev later Friday in his quarter-final.
The other match is between Austria's Dominic Thiem, who beat
Tsitsipas to the China Open title on Sunday, and Italy's Matteo
US Open champion Nadal is not in Shanghai because of a wrist injury.