Wimbledon Updates: Top seed Novak Djokovic cruises into quarters
Andy Murray and David Ferrer both avoided the fate of Serena Williams on Monday and advanced to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
Novak Djokovic breezed into the Wimbledon quarterfinals with a straight-set 6-1, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) victory against Tommy Haas Monday.
The No. 1 player in the world was hardly pushed by the 35-year-old Haas, who achieved his deepest Wimbledon run since 2009, when he beat Djokovic in the quarterfinals and reached the semis.
“I had a bad record against him on grass," Djokovic said after the match. "It was a tough challenge for me and I played a really, really good match.
"I think I’m playing really good tennis, perhaps better than when I won the [Wimbledon] title back in 2011. ... Who knows, I might succeed."
Djokovic now moves on to face seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals.
Murray rambles on
Second-seeded Andy Murray, England’s favorite son, continued his quest to become the first British player to win Wimbledon in 77 years with a straight sets victory over Mikhail Youzhny, 6-4, 7-6, 6-1.
It was Murray’s 15th straight victory on grass, and with each win, the weight of expectations (and the growing volume of the crowd at Wimbledon's All England Club) only mounts.
Listen to the crowd (courtesy of BBCRadio) after Murray stormed back from a 5-2 deficit in the second set.
Speaking to the BBC following the match, Murray said he hasn’t let any outside pressure creep into his mindset.
"I think a few rounds ago I was maybe a little bit more nervous, but today I felt a little bit calmer before the match, and I just concentrate on each match," he said. "Serena Williams lost today. She doesn’t lose particularly often. You know, Roger's lost and Rafa’s lost, all these guys and girls are better players than me and have achieved a lot more than me, so if they can lose, so can I."
Murray's next test will come against left-handed Fernando Verdasco of Spain, the No. 54 singles player in the world.
Ferrer reaches quarterfinals in four sets
David Ferrer is serving for the QFs, 5-1 in the fourth (AP) pic.twitter.com/qoK8TckXR1— Joe Fleming (@ByJoeFleming) July 1, 2013
Fourth-seeded David Ferrer avoided becoming the latest casualty of an increasingly strange Wimbledon after he defeated Croatia’s Ivan Dodig 6-7, 7-6, 6-1, 6-1 to advance to the quarterfinals.
It’s his seventh consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinal. Ferrer's steady overall play on Manic Monday was largely overshadowed by the more stunning news of Serena Williams' upset loss to Sabine Lisicki.
Ferrer dropped the first set and was two points away from facing a 2-0 deficit, but the Spaniard rallied, reeled off three consecutive sets and returned to Wimbledon’s quarterfinals for the second successive year.
Fresh off the French Open finals, the 31-year-old was almost disqualified Monday morning after he arrived 10 minutes late for his fourth-round match.
He was reportedly late to Court Two after having problems taping up his blistered feet.
Ferrer will take on No. 8 seed Juan Martin Del Potro, who defeated Andreas Seppi in straight sets. This will mark Del Potro's first visit to Wimbledon's quarterfinals.
Rest of men's field:
Four other matches wrapped up on Manic Monday within the men's portion, including wins from seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych, Jerzy Janowicz, Lukasz Kubot and Fernando Verdasco.
Janowicz will take on Kubot in an all-Polish battle, while Verdasco will face No. 2 seed Andy Murray, and Berdych will take on top-seeded Novak Djokovic.
Rest of women's field:
Lisicki again (GTY) pic.twitter.com/Lnc8scX2Ka— Joe Fleming (@ByJoeFleming) July 1, 2013
After Serena Williams bowed out of the tournament on Monday, the rest of the field suddenly had a significant opportunity to makes waves and advance deep into Wimbledon.
The highest ranked player left was No. 4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska, who advanced in three sets over Tsvetana Pironkova. She'll take on No. 6 seed Li Na in the quarters, who advanced with an easy 6-2, 6-0 victory. Na is one of the two remaining women who owns a Grand Slam title (French Open, 2011).
The other is No. 8 Petra Kvitova, who won Wimbledon in 2011. She won in two sets on Monday and will meet No. 20 Kirsten Flipkens.
Kaia Kanepi, who knocked off England's 19-year-old Laura Robson, will meet 23-seed Sabine Lisicki -- the winner of the tournament's most stunning upset.
Without five-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams, Americans will have to cheer for 17-seed Sloane Stephens, who won in three sets on Monday. She'll face France's Marion Bartoli in the quarters.
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