Djokovic Dismisses Cilic; Berdych Passes Karlovic Test
Montreal, Canada
by ATP Staff | 11.08.2011
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World No. 1 Novak Djokovic finished strongly to secure his place in the Rogers Cup quarter-finals, defeating Marin Cilic 7-5, 6-2 on Thursday in Montreal.

The Serbian broke serve at the end of a close-run first set and romped through the second set with two breaks of serve to claim victory in one hour and 35 minutes. He improved his perfect FedEx ATP Head2Head record over the No. 29-ranked Cilic to 6-0.

"It wasn't really a beautiful match to play and to watch," confessed Djokovic. "But I guess in the right moments I was trying to keep the ball in court, make my opponent make an unforced error. I was just more patient and played well. So that's the positive."

The 24-year-old Djokovic clinched his 50th match win in what has been a remarkable season. The Belgrade native has lost just one match in 2011 and is chasing his ninth title in his first tournament back since clinching the Wimbledon crown and assuming the No. 1 spot in the South African Airways 2011 ATP Rankings.

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Djokovic goes on to face fifth seed Gael Monfils, who prevented an all-Serbian quarter-final meeting when he saved three match points to eliminate No. 12 seed Viktor Troicki 3-6, 7-6(0), 7-6(5) after two hours and 35 minutes.

Troicki went 3 for 3 on his break points in the opening set, but was unable to capitalise on his next eight chances - including three match points at 6-5 in the second set - before finally breaking for a 4-3 lead in the third set. But the Frenchman fought back once again, denying Troicki from serving out the victory at 5-4 before proceeding to clinch the win on his fourth match point in the tie-break. 

"My belief is I know I can run forever, and physically to be like in the red limit, I know I need to push hard," he said. "So maybe mentally I'm strong because I know I can run forever and I can cover my court for many hours. Maybe that's why I was a bit stronger than him today."

Monfils, currently ranked a career-high No. 7, reached the final last week at the ATP World Tour 500 tournament in Washington (l. to Stepanek). He has lost all six of his previous matches against Djokovic. 

World No. 9 Tomas Berdych stood up to the towering test of Ivo Karlovic, defeating the Croatian 6-3, 7-6(2) to reach the quarter-finals. The Czech player withstood 12 aces to break the Karlovic serve once in the first set and to edge his 6’10’’ opponent in the second set tie-break after one hour and 42 minutes.

The 25-year-old Berdych, who is this week debuting a new model of HEAD tennis racquet, has now reached the quarter-finals or better in 12 of his past 16 tournaments, but has not reached a tour-level final since finishing runner-up at 2010 Wimbledon (l. to Nadal). He is nearing his 300th tour-level win after improving to a 298-183 mark.

Ivan Dodig failed to repeat the heroics he produced on Wednesday night, when he ousted Rafael Nadal. The Croatian was beaten by Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevic, 6-1, 6-4, and he now goes on to meet Berdych. The No. 24-ranked Tipsarevic, is coming off a quarter-final showing in Washington and is through to the last eight at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event for the first time since Miami 2008.

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