The world no. 1 advanced to the quarter-finals in Cincinnati, as did the Serbian after his opponent, Nikolay Davydenko, had to pull out.
The third round at the Masters 1000 event in Cincinnati was played out into the early hours of Friday morning. Most of the top seeds who were in action advanced to the quarter-finals, like Roger Federer, who saw off Bernard Tomic in two sets (6-2, 6-4). The world no. 1 will meet Mardy Fish next after the American did away with Radek Stepanek in straight sets.
Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic secured his place in the next round of the competition when Nikolay Davydenko was forced to pull out of their encounter during the second set. The world no. 2 had already taking a commanding 6-0 lead in the first set. Spain’s last remaining hope in the tournament, Pablo Andújar, was unable to progress any further as he lost to Marin Cilic (7-6, 6-2), in a match which included an exhausting tie-break finish to the first set.
The recently crowned Olympic champion, Andy Murray, put the reason for him losing to Jérémy Chardy in straight sets (6-4, 6-4) down to his physical condition. The Frenchman’s opponent in the quarter-finals, Juan Martín del Potro, was made to sweat during his win over Victor Troicki. Murray has failed to reach the final stages of the last two tournaments he’s entered since picking up an injury during the Rogers Cup, Toronto.
To wrap up the quarter-finals, Milos Raonic and Stanislas Wawrinka will take each other on after having seeing off Tomas Berdych and Kei Nishikori in their respective third round ties.