Djokovic and Murray advance to Wimbledon QFs

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Thirteenth-seeded Tommy Haas stunned Novak Djokovic in Miami this year, yet the World no. 1 had his revenge in quarter-finals of Roland Garros where he dismissed the German in straight sets. The top seed had a brighter start of the two as he grabbed the initial four games, putting the opener out his opponent’s reach – he wrapped it up with the third break of the set. In the set number two Haas broke the deadlock in the fifth game and confirmed the break to build a 4-2 lead, but could not hold on to the advantage as the Serbian champion turned the tide and won four games in a row – he was now leading two sets to love. The match looked like it was done and dusted when Djoko escaped to 5-2 in the third set, but the veteran returned in style to force a tie-break, saving a match ball in the process. Three more were produced by Djokovic in the thirteenth game before he finally wrapped up the encounter and seized a 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory after spending two hours and fifteen minutes on Centre Court. The Serb has a 13-2 head-to-head score against his quarterfinal challenger Tomas Berdych, seed number six.

Twentieth seed Mikhail Youzhny was unable to defeat Andy Murray in their previous two clashes and was far from success in the fourth round of Wimbledon 2013 as well. The Russian was broken early in the opener which was enough for the last year’s runner-up to serve it out in the end. In a very tight second set Russian responded to a third game loss of serve with two consecutive breaks and was serving to square things up at 5-3, yet he fell short. Youzhny established a one mini-break advantage at 5-3 in the subsequent tie-break, but it was the British player who got in possession of a couple of set points to eventually extend the lead. The home crowd favorite rescued two break points to hold in the opening game of the set three before breaking the rival to love straight after. The rest of the match was a formality for the second seed as he added another break of serve and put away the match point number one to progress with 6-4, 7-6 (5), 6-1. He has won eight out of ten ATP matches against unseeded Fernando Verdasco whom he is meeting in the last 8.

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