A young tennis fan got less than she bargained for when John Isner walked off the court in Toronto after a surprise defeat.
The American was knocked out in straight sets by Russian Karen Khachanov, who remarkably won the second tiebreak to love.
Despite the heavy defeat Isner attempted to do right by the fans who came out on a Thursday night to watch the match.
Except all he had to give away was a broken racquet.
It left the lucky girl at least a little bemused, shrugging her shoulders as she showed off her new possession.
But while she won’t get to play tennis herself with the racquet there will be a fair story to tell!
The gift left tennis fans sitting on both sides of the fence:
Teenager upsets Djokovic in massive boilover
Greek teen Stefanos Tsitsipas upset Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-7 (5=7) 6-3 on Thursday in the Rogers Cup.
The 19-year-old Tsitsipas broke the ninth-seeded Serb’s serve early in the third set and held serve from there to reach his first career ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarterfinal.
“I feel very proud for me, myself, and my country. I’m putting Greece more deep into the map of tennis,” Tsitsipas said.
“I’m pretty sure I’m making my family proud, all of those people that are watching, my coach, my father. It was a very emotional win. I’ve never felt so many emotions after a victory.”
Djokovic, a four-time Rogers Cup champion, faded late on a warm, breezy afternoon at Aviva Centre on the York University campus.
“Losing in this kind of tournament, it’s not something I don’t care about,” Djokovic said.
“It really frustrates me. But I have to accept it, deal with it, and move on … He just played better in the decisive moments. I had my chances to come back in the third set when I dropped my serve at 15-40. An easy forehand. I missed it, but that’s sport. You have to deal with these kind of situations.”
Tsitsipas set up match point with a scorching cross-court winner before completing the victory in two hours and 17 minutes.
“I knew he had some issues in some particular shots in his game, I would say. So I was waiting and I grabbed him like a bulldog and stuck there and executed, I executed my plan,” Tsitsipas said.
“I knew that at some point he’s going to break, and I just patiently waited for this moment and it happened.”
Top-ranked Rafael Nadal beat Swizterland’s Stan Wawrinka 7-5 7-6 (7=4) in a night match delayed by rain late in the first set.
Nadal, playing his first event since losing to Djokovic in the Wimbledon semi-finals, will face sixth-seeded Marin Cilic, who knocked out No.11 seed Diego Schwartzman 6-3 6-2.
“Very positive victory for me against a very tough opponent,” Nadal.
“That’s what I needed, a match like this to be a little more confident. Just happy to be in the quarterfinals.”
Tsitsipas will face No.2 seed Alexander Zverev, the defending champion coming off a tournament victory last week in Washington that included a semi-final win over Tsitsipas.
The 21-year-old Zverev beat Russia’s Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-2 for a seventh straight match win and tour-high 43rd of the year.
“I feel physically pretty well. I feel like I’m playing well,” Zverev said.
“I get into a rhythm of playing matches one after another, and right now, I’m in that rhythm.”
Fourth seed Kevin Anderson and fifth seed Grigor Dimitrov set up another quarter-final. Anderson topped qualifier Ilya Ivashka of Belarus 7-5 6-3, and Dimitrov beat American Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (7-1) 3-6 7-6 (7-4).
Isner’s conquerer hachanov will play Robin Haase after the Dutchman topped Canada’s home hope Denis Shapovalov 7-5 6-2.