Djokovic through to the quarters in Toronto, Haas also advances

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Top seed Novak Djokovic is through to the quarterfinal of the Rogers Cup after outplaying Sam Querrey in straight sets 6-4 6-4. Both players started the match well on serve, not giving any chances for their opponent to break making it a very tight match, until the world no. 2 was able to break the American’s serve in the ninth game of the first set before serving for the first set at taking it with a 6-4 scoreline in 37 minutes. Querrey only dropped one point on first serve, but his first serve percentage, which was at 50, didn’t help him much. Although Djokovic won the set, interestingly enough – Querrey won 51% of the total points in that set.  The Serb kept up his momentum in the second set and broke Querrey’s serve in the first game. Both players then kept holding serves until play was suspended because of the rain at 4-3 30-30 with Djokovic serving. When play resumed, Querrey earned himself a break point, but couldn’t convert it. Djokovic then held his serve twice to win the second set 6-4.

Djokovic will play next with German Tommy Haas in the quarterfinal. Haas needed three sets and over two overs to defeat Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic 2-6 6-4 6-1. In the first set, Stepanek broke the German’s serve twice to win the set 6-2, winning 77% of service points and 47% of return points. Stepanek’s dominance didn’t last very long as Haas improved his serve in the second set to put the world no. 40 under pressure. Haas only needed one break to close out the set 6-4. In the final set, the German showed great strength, breaking in the fourth and sixth game to win the set easily 6-1. The world no. 25 had to save 4 break points in the final set before closing it out and reaching the quarterfinal. The 34-year old will be playing his first Masters Series quarterfinal since Indian Wells 2008.

Djokovic has played against Haas four times before with each player winning twice, but they have not met since 2009.

In another third round match, Granollers fired 9 aces and converted 4 out of 13 break points on his way to defeat Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-1 6-4 in 92 minutes. The Spaniard will play with Serbian Janko Tipsarevic in the quarterfinal, with Granollers winning their only previous encounter, which was on grass in 2010.

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