Tipsarevic Beats Nitto ATP Finals Contender Fognini In Stockholm
Carreno Busta plays Querrey in quarter-finals
"In one word, it's unexpected," Tipsarevic told ATPTour.com. "I will tell you that. First of all, I barely got in. I didn't realise I'd play this week and beating a Top 10 player 1 & 1, makes me incredibly happy and proud. I didn't give him an opportunity to get back into the match."
It’s a blow for Fognini, the 2017-18 Stockholm semi-finalist, who is currently in 11th place in the 2019 ATP Race To London for a spot at the season finale, to be held at The O2 in London from 10-17 November.
Tipsarevic will now play Japanese lucky loser Yuichi Sugita, who overcame Stefano Travaglia of Italy 7-6(6), 6-4 in one hour and 46 minutes. Travaglia hit 16 aces and could not convert a set point at 6/5 in the first-set tie-break.
“I am happy to make a quarter-final at tour-level this year,” Sugita, who also reached the 2017 quarter-finals, told ATPTour.com. “I played well, I am solid now and my tennis is back.”
Tipsarevic said, "Tomorrow, will be extremely tricky against Sugita and it will be a baseline battle."
In a #NextGenATP battle, Canadian Denis Shapovalov beat Aussie Alexei Popyrin 6-4, 7-6(3) to reach the quarter-finals. Shapovalov won 92 per cent (33/36) of his first-serve points and saved four of five break points.
“It was really tough playing against Alexei... He's got a really big serve so I'm really happy to get the win today. I think I played really well. I think we both played a really good match,” Shapovalov said.
Earlier in the day, Pablo Carreno Busta advanced to his seventh ATP Tour quarter-final of the year. The fifth-seeded Spaniard knocked out Gianluca Mager, a lucky loser from Italy, 6-3, 7-6(2) in 87 minutes and now plays American Sam Querrey on Friday. Carreno Busta, who is now 27-19 on the season, captured his first singles title since May 2017 at the Chengdu Open (d. Bublik) three weeks ago.