“This guy, even when he’s not playing his best, he can beat me the way he did today”. Paire did manage to break back once, but it wasn’t enough as Djokovic proved to be too dominant at the end.
With things falling apart in the second set, Djokovic slammed his racket three times, drawing a warning.
ATP Main Draw Singles (Quarter-finals): Novak Djokovic (Serbia) d.
Wawrinka squeaked past Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic 6-7(2), 7-6(5), 7-6(5) on Thursday in a match that was devoid of service breaks. Murray beat Djokovic for the title in Montreal a week ago.
The Spaniard showed some positive signs of returning to form but still had to stave off nine break points.
It was a tough outing for Andy Murray as he had to toil hard against Grigor Dimitrov 4-6, 7-6(7/4), 7-5 for nearly 3 hours to complete his victory and advance to the quarterfinals. After dropping the first set, she fell behind 3-4 in the second set.
The game in America is sustained by one great player – Serena Williams – which makes local enthusiasm at the friendliest tournament on the circuit all the more remarkable. “That’s what I did”.
“I hope I can still be playing the match when they finish announcing her titles and achievements”, Svitolina said.
Murray will face the victor from a match between second seed and six-time champion Roger Federer and Spain’s Feliciano Lopez, with the Swiss taking an 11-0 head-to-head record into that contest – while Djokovic improved to 18-4 over Wawrinka.
“Against top players, it’s not over until you shake the hand”, Ivanovic said.
Sixth seed Tomas Berdych crushed Spain´s Tommy Robredo 6-0, 6-1; Alexandr Dolgopolov beat Pole Jerzy Janowicz 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.
World number three Federer, who is chasing his seventh Cincinnati title, broke Murray early and was impressive as he took 38 minutes to claim the first set.
Williams will not get her wish in the next round, as she plays former world No. 1 Ivanovic, who is having a strong season.
While Wawrinka had won the 2015 French Open beating Djokovic who defeated Wawrinka in 2015 Australian Open semi-final.
Afterwards the four-time Cincinnati runner-up said: “It was the best performance I had so far this week”. “Yeah, so I look forward to that”. In spite of winning 91 percent of first serve points, Wawrinka was only hitting 38 percent of first serves in. The 12th-seeded Bencic said she didn’t think the injury was very serious, but it was too soon to know if she could play in next week’s tournament at New Haven, Connecticut.