Cincinnati - Tommy Robredo shocked world number one Novak Djokovic on Thursday at the
Cincinnati Masters, but Roger Federer avoided an upset again Frenchman
Spain's Robredo, seeded 16th in the US Open tune-up,
sent top-seeded Djokovic packing 7-6 (8/6), 7-5, the defeat coming a
week after the world number one Serb was beaten in the third round at
The Wimbledon champion now goes into the US Open, the
final Grand Slam of the year which starts on August 25, well short of
matches and confidence.
Second-seeded Federer, a five-time Cincinnati champion, held off Monfils 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
booked a tough quarter-final against eighth-seeded Scot Andy Murray,
who battled more than two hours against the huge serve of John Isner,
finally dispatching the American 6-7 (3/7), 6-4, 7-6 (7/2).
had a rare show of temper late in the match, arguing with the chair
umpire over a decision not to call on electronic line-calling on a
But Federer quickly recovered his poise,
clinching the match with a service winner after breaking Monfils in the
"I'm just happy the way I'm playing right now," Federer said. "It was much better than the last couple of matches.
was hitting good forehands, not making so many mistakes, returning
better," he added. "So there was a lot of positives out in the match.
Sometimes frustration, but sometimes that's what Gael does to you."Djokovic,
who was married last month and is soon to become a father, said it
wasn't a question of the new elements in his life weighing on his
"I just lost the match," he said. "It was bad. Many, many
things are not clicking these two weeks on hard courts. It's
unfortunate, but it's more than obvious I'm not playing even close to
what I'm supposed to play.
"I have to keep on working and trying to get better for the US Open. I just don't feel comfortable. That's it."
was thrilled to win only his second match in eight encounters with a
world number one player. He beat then-top ranked Lleyton Hewitt at
Roland Garros 11 years ago.
"It's amazing to be here playing and
to beat the number one, I'm more than happy," said the 32-year-old
Robredo, who next faces sixth-seeded compatriot David Ferrer -- a 7-5,
6-0 winner over Mikhail Youzhny.
Murray, in search of his first
title since Wimbledon in 2013, has struggled to regain top form since
his return from back surgery in January.
"It's a very important
match for me to win," he said. "I had lost a few close matches over the
last few months. It was important for me to come through."
Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka, the third seed, rallied to beat Croatian Marin Cilic 3-6, 6-0, 6-1.
He'll play France's Julien Benneteau, who beat Jerzy Janowicz 7-5, 6-1.
seed Milos Raonic made amends with his 30th ace on match point after
earlier double-faulting three times while serving for victory.
Canadian defeated American Steve Johnson 6-7 (7/9), 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) and
next faces Italian 15th seed Fabio Fognini. Fognini beat Lu Yen-Hsun of
Taiwan 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.In
women's action in the combined ATP and WTA event, defending champion
Serena Williams continued her march through the draw, beating Italian
13th seed Flavia Pennetta 6-2, 6-2.
Williams next plays eighth seed Jelena Jankovic, who beat Sloane Stephens 7-6 (7/4), 6-4.
Also through was world number two and second seed Simona Halep, a 6-4, 7-5 winner against Czech Lucie Safarova.
was much better than my first match here," said Halep, winner in
Bucharest last month and runner-up to Maria Sharapova at Roland Garros.
"I was happy to win in two sets, since she was up 5-4.
earned a mouth-watering rematch with fifth-seeded Sharapova, who beat
fellow Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 7-6 (7/2).
Sharapova had to rally from a break down three times in the second set but managed to finish it off in two.
teenager Elina Svitolina, who took out double Wimbledon winner Petra
Kvitova in the second round, claimed her second seeded victim with a
defeat of Spain's number 15 Carla Suarez Navarro 4-6, 6-4, 6-4.
She'll next face former world number one Ana Ivanovic, a 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 winner over Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland cruised past Germany's Sabine Lisicki
6-1, 6-1 and will take on Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki, a 7-5, 6-2
winner over sixth-seeded German Angelique Kerber.Results on Thursday, the fifth day of the Cincinnati ATP Masters and WTA hardcourt tournament (x denotes seeded player):
Tommy Robredo (ESP x16) bt Novak Djokovic (SRB x1) 7-6 (8/6), 7-5
David Ferrer (ESP x6) bt Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) 7-5, 6-0
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI x3) bt Marin Cilic (CRO x14) 3-6, 6-0, 6-1
Julien Benneteau (FRA) bt Jerzy Janowicz (POL) 7-5, 6-1
Milos Raonic (CAN x5) bt Steve Johnson (USA) 6-7 (7/9), 6-3, 7-6 (7/4)
Fabio Fognini (ITA x15) bt Lu Yen-Hsun (TPE) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
Andy Murray (GBR x8) bt John Isner (USA) 6-7 (3/7), 6-4, 7-6 (7/2)
Roger Federer (SUI x2) bt Gael Monfils (FRA) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
Serena Williams (USA x1) bt Flavia Pennetta (ITA x13) 6-2, 6-2
Jelena Jankovic (SRB x8) bt Sloane Stephens (USA) 7-6 (7/4), 6-4
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL x4) bt Sabine Lisicki (GER) 6-1, 6-1
Caroline Wozniacki (DEN x12) bt Angelique Kerber (GER x6) 7-5, 6-2
Ana Ivanovic (SRB x9) bt Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
Elina Svitolina (UKR) bt Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP x15) 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
Maria Sharapova (RUS x5) bt Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 6-4, 7-6 (7/2)
Simona Halep (ROM x2) bt Lucie Safarova (CZE x16) 6-4, 7-5