Djokovic ousts Istomin in Montreal, Nadal defeats Janowicz

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Defending champion Novak Djokovic managed to regroup after the first set shock in the match against unseeded Uzbek Denis Istomin to reach quarter-finals at Montreal Masters. The World no. 1 was broken twice in a row in the opener which the Uzbek wrapped up after a four straight games run. Nole came stronger into the set two where he was untroubled on his serve and squared things up thanks to the fifth game break. In the decider he could only consolidate his second break and ultimately served out the match after more than two hours of play. He won 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 and is scheduled to play Richard Gasquest next. Just like Djokovic the seventh seed Frenchman came back after a poor first set performance – he beat Kei Nishikori of Japan 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.

“He was a better player first half of the match,” said Djokovic. “I was trying to find rhythm. A lot of unforced errors. Just had a very difficult time to be in the point. He did a great job in staying very solid and putting a lot of pressure on me. Then I had to fight. It was a very even match up to the last point. Just glad to get lucky and dance on the court after the match.”

Fourth seed Rafael Nadal is yet to drop a set at Coupe Rogers. Big-serving Pole Jerzy Janowicz has proved to be a tough challenger, yet Rafa kept his nerves in crucial stages of the clash and advanced after one hour and fifty minutes of hard court tennis. There were no major upsets in the first half of the opener, but the things heated up towards the end. Nadal squandered three set balls at 5-4 and suffered a loss of serve straight after that. The fifteenth-seeded Pole now served for the set, but could not rise to the occasion and it was the Spaniard who went one nil up after prevailing in the tie-break. Janowicz gave Rafa a lot to think about in the second set as well – the Polish youngster clinched an early break to move 3-1 ahead, yet his experienced opponent turned the tide once again to serve for a quarterfinal ticket at 5-4. The first match point did the trick for Nadal who advanced with a 7-6 (6), 6-4 victory and will now take on Marinko Matosevic. The Australian qualifier dismissed Frenchman Benoit Paire in three sets: 7-6 (9), 6-7 (10), 6-3.

Out of the tournament is second seeded Andy Murray, who went down to Latvia’s Ernest Gulbis surprisingly easily in straight sets 6-4 6-3. Next up for Gulbis will be Milos Raonic of Canada.

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