Djokovic se sobrepone a la tristeza

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Los grandes favoritos en el torneo ATP Masters 1000 de Montecarlo no se dejaron sorprender e inscribieron su nombre en los cuartos de final del certamen de la costa mediterránea, pero la victoria más importante fue la que cosechó Novak Djokovic ante el ucraniano Alexandr Dolgopolov. El número uno del mundo, además de superar a un tenista en pleno crecimiento, tuvo que sobreponerse a la triste noticia de la muerte de su abuelo, desgracia que conoció durante el calentamiento en una pista anexa unas horas antes de su choque de octavos de final. El primer set se lo llevó Dolgopolov 2-6, pero Djokovic sacó su casta y remontó (6-1 y 6-4) para dedicarle la victoria a su abuelo fallecido horas antes.

Rafael Nadal ganó sin problemas al kazajo Mikhail Kukushkin en un choque sencillo que se cerró en dos mangas con un doble 6-1. Su rival en cuartos será Stanislas Wawrinka, que derrotó al murciano Nicolás Almagro por un doble 3-6. El tercer cabeza de serie Andy Murray pasó de ronda tras la lesión del francés Julien Benneteau durante la disputa de la primera manga, cuando el escocés mandaba por 6-5. Benneteau se rompió el codo y, además, sufrió una lesión en el tendón del tobillo.

La esperanza local Jo-Wilfried Tsonga eliminó a Fernando Verdasco en un choque con un disputado primer set que se decantó del francés en el ‘tie-break’ por 7-9. Ya en la segunda manga Tsonga impuso su tenis y logró el pase a cuartos tras un 2-6 para cerrar el duelo. El rival de Tsonga será su compatriota Gilles Simon, que eliminó a Janko Tipsarevic en tres sets venciendo el primero por 6-0, perdiendo ante el serbio por 4-6 y llevándose el definitivo por 6-1.

El checo Tomas Berdych se repuso de un primer set perdido frente al japonés Kei Nishikori por 6-2 gracias a dos mangas sucesivas vencidas por 2-6 y 4-6. Novak Djokovic deberá vérselas en cuartos ante el holandés Robin Haase, que derrotó al Thomaz Bellucci, verdugo de David Ferrer, en dos sencillos sets por 6-2 y 6-3.The main favourites in the ATP Masters 1000 in Montecarlo saw to it that there would be no upsets today and went through to the quarters of the Mediterranean contest. The most significant victory of the day, however, was the one Novak Djokovic achieved over the Ukraine’s Alexandr Dolgopolov. The world no.1 had to overcome not only a player who seems to grow with every game, but also the sad news that his grandfather had died, a message he received on one of the practice courts just hours before his match. Dolgopolov took the first set 2-6, but Djokovic pulled out the play that has got him to the very top world tennis, winning the next two (6-1 and 6-4) for a victory he dedicated to his recently passed grandfather.

Rafael Nadal eased past Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin after a very one-sided encounter that finished 6-1, 6-1. His quarter-final opponent will be Stanislas Wawrinka, Who defeated Spain’s Nicolás Almagro 3-6, 3-6. Third seed Andy Murray hardly had to break a sweat to qualify for the next round, a nasty injury ending Julien Benneteau’s campaign during the first set, while the Scot was leading 6-5. Benneteau broke his elbow and, to make matters worse, injured a tendon in his ankle.

Local player Jo-Wilfried Tsonga saw off Fernando Verdasco in two sets. The first was an extremely tight affair which the Frenchman just managed to claim, winning the tie-break 7-9. In the second, however, Tsonga was able to impose his game, sealing his place in the quarters with a 2-6 victory. His next rival will be compatriot Gilles Simon, who knocked Janko Tipsarevic out of the tournament in three sets, the first of which he won 6-0, only for the Serb to come back and take the second 4-6 and force a third. Simon took no chances in the final set, however, taking it 6-1 to make it through to the quarter finals.

Czech Tomas Berdych came back from a set down to survive his duel with Japan’s Kei Nishikori with a final score of 6-2, 2-6, 4-6. Novak Djokovic will now face The Netherlands’ Robin Haase in the quarter finals. The Dutchman defeated Tomasz Bellucci, who had sent David Ferrer home in the previous round, by 6-2, 6-3.