No.6 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas beat top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic in the Rolex Shanghai Masters quarter-final on Friday.

The Greek completed the second career victory over Novak in their three meetings, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3. The match lasted 2 hours and 2 minutes.

Novak made an early break and kept the advantage to take a one-set lead. Tsitsipas recovered from a slow start, breaking the world no.1 once in the second and third sets to capture the biggest match win of his career.

β€œHe had the high-quality tennis and he played very well after his serve. He was backing up his serve with really good and aggressive first shots in the rally,” Djokovic said. β€œI didn’t make him defend enough. I just gave him enough time to really dictate the play from back of the court and he deserved to win.”

Match statistics: aces (8-11), double faults (2-3), winners (28-34), unforced errors (26-22), total points won (83-85).

The Serbian star will next play at the last ATP Masters 1000 event in 2019 – the Rolex Paris Masters (October 28-November 3), where he was victorious four times (2009, 2013-2015). Last year Novak finished runner-up to Karen Khachanov.

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