Italy's Lorenzo Sonego stunned World No. 1 Novak Djokovic on Thursday, crushing the top-seeded Serbian 6-2, 6-1 to reach the semifinals of the Erste Bank Open in Vienna, Austria.
Unseeded and ranked No. 42, the 25-year-old Sonego dispatched the 81-time ATP Tour title winner in 68 minutes. Sonego struck eight aces and won 80 percent of his first-serve points.
"For sure it's the best victory of my life. Novak is the best in the world. Today I played so, so good," said Sonego, who will face either Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov or Britain's Daniel Evans in the semifinals. "It's unbelievable. It's amazing."
In other action, No. 5 seed Andrey Rublev of Russia posted a 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over defending champion and No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem of Austria. South Africa's Kevin Anderson toppled No. 4 seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia 6-4, 7-6 (5).
American Frances Tiafoe reached the semifinals in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan, with a hard-fought 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-5 win against Egor Gerasimov of Belarus in two hours and 35 minutes.
In his first ATP Tour semifinal since May 2018, Tiafoe will face fourth-seeded Australian John Millman. Millman saved two match points in the deciding set and overcame a 0-5 hole in the tiebreak to complete a 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-6 (5) win against No. 7 seed Tommy Paul of the United States.
The other semifinalists are No. 3 seed Adrian Mannarino of France and Finland qualifier Emil Ruusuvuori. Mannarino was a 6-1, 6-4 winner over Mackenzie McDonald and Ruusuvuori eliminated Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3, 6-1.
--Field Level Media