'Double-bagel' for Djokovic

2009-11-05 19:48

Basel - Novak Djokovic clinched the most comprehensive victory of his career on Thursday when he humiliated Czech journeyman Jan Hernych 6-0, 6-0 to reach the Swiss Indoors quarter-finals.

The 52-minute "double-bagel" was the first for the Serb at the elite ATP level, bettering his 6-1, 6-0 win over Argentina's David Nalbandian in the Queen's club semi-finals in 2008, a rout which took four minutes less.

Djokovic also defeated Britain's Andy Murray by the same scoreline in Miami two years ago.

Second seed Djokovic saved three break points in the first set before stepping on the gas against a 59h-ranked opponent who had claimed his first victory since the US Open in the first round here.

Hernych's cause was not helped by committing 40 errors in the loss.

Djokovic improved to 68-18 on the season as he awaits an opponent from Swiss sixth seed Stanislas Wawrinka and Finn Jarkko Nieminen.

Evgeny Korolev will line up against Roger Federer in the last eight after defeating Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 7-6 (7/1), a day after the Frenchman fired 24 aces to humble James Blake.

Federer, who has won the last three tournaments here, was preparing for a possible relaxing trip across the road from the St Jakobshalle for the Europa League football match later Thursday between his home team Basel and CSKA Sofia.

Meanwhile, compatriot and good friend Marco Chiudinelli kept national hopes high as he beat qualifying compatriot Michael Lammer 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, firing eight aces and breaking three times.

The result marks the second quarter-final in six weeks for the Swiss after a similar performance in Bangkok.

Chiudinelli improved to 9-11 this season and will face the winner from France's Richard Gasquet and American John Isner.