Djokovic advances, nagging injury causes Del Potro to withdraw from Rogers Cup

Djokovic advances, nagging injury causes Del Potro to withdraw from Rogers Cup

Djokovic advances, nagging injury causes Del Potro to withdraw from Rogers Cup

The Frenchman was in another volatile mood as he lost to Nadal at the Rogers Cup on Thursday, smashing his racquet multiple times.

Stan Wawrinka and Kevin Anderson survived but Dominic Thiem crashed out, along with Milos Raonic and Fabio Fognini.

The 32-year-old will bid for the quarter-finals here for the first time since 2015 when he plays Stan Wawrinka, who staged another fightback in three sets, beating Marton Fucsovics 1-6, 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (12/10).

The ninth-seeded Serb, competing in his first tournament since his Wimbledon triumph last month, won a dominant 83 percent of his first service points and wrapped up the day's opening match minutes before the first of several rain delays. The first player born this millennium to win a main-tour match shares the same birthday as the mighty Swiss-just 19 years later.

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Defending champion Alexander Zverev of Germany is also through with a 6-4, 6-4 win over the United States' Bradley Klahn. He almost swept the European clay-court swing, winning his 11th Monte-Carlo, Barcelona and Roland Garros titles.

He got something of a break in his Toronto opener, which was scheduled to be against Chung, who beat Djokovic in the fourth round in Australia. He will have played in 30 Rogers Cups since his first as a 16-year-old wild card in 1989.

Djokovic, 31, took 84 minutes on Wednesday to advance with seven aces and two breaks of serve while never facing a break point against Toronto-based wild card Polansky, the world number 121. 2017 breakout semifinalist Denis Shapovalov rolled through Jeremy Chardy 6-1, 6-4. They had actually met once before, nearly a decade ago, in the Montreal iteration of the tournament. "It's true that with my serve in the second set I had some troubles but my return was working was more about the mistakes from the baseline in my opinion".

The Canadian soon gave Djokovic the ideal rhythm and pace to consolidate his remorseless precision to and from the baseline corners.

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Nadal looked set to run away with the match as he reeled off four successive games for a 2-0 advantage, only for Wawrinka to break back with a trademark backhand down the line.

"I thought I served well in the moments when I really need it and I was looking for the first serve", Djokovic said.

"It's a dream of any kid out there in this world, any kid that's playing tennis, to beat these kinds of players, so I can call it the best moment of my life", a shocked Tsitsipas said in an on-court interview.

Tsitispas advanced to his third semi-final at the Citi Open last week.

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