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The favourite was much improved in the second set but still could not shake off Tsitsipas, needing to save two late break points as his opponent closed on victory.
"But I have to accept it, deal with it, and move on", he said of his 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3 defeat to Tsitsipas.
"I knew I was playing pretty good today", he said. "In the moments when I probably needed to step it up, I did".
Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., was scheduled to follow Djokovic's win on centre court but that match was also delayed.
"It's my biggest dream", said Tetipas, who is nearly unbelievable in an interview on the pitch, "I think it's the happiest moment of my life". "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". "I just patiently waited for the moment and it happened".
It's not every day that you see two players who just faced off in a Grand Slam singles final take the doubles court together, but that's exactly what's happening in Montreal. Italy's Fabio Fognini, the No. 14 seed coming off a victory at Los Cabos, fell out with a 6-3, 7-5 (14) loss to Canada's Denis Shapovalov.
Both players secured early breaks in the deciding set and Tsitsipas - who had started to mix up his shots more often and change service speeds - saved three break points to pull ahead 5-4.
'But I remained calm.
Tsitsipas struggled with a first-serve percentage of 47 per cent, well below Zverev at 70 per cent. "It gave me the win at the end". "I was courageous. I played exactly how I had to play at that moment".
Defending Rogers Cup champion Alexander Zverev of Germany blew past Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals.
"I was really not focusing on winning or losing, just on starting to play good tennis and start building the right habits".
Garcia proved too strong for Sharapova with a 6-3, 6-2 win and will take on top seed Simona Halep of Romania in the quarter-finals of the Women's Tennis Association Premier 5 tournament.