Wimbledon, England (Sports Network) - Former champion Novak Djokovic and
last year's runner-up Andy Murray secured berths in the quarterfinals at
The world No. 1 Djokovic reached his fifth straight and sixth overall
Wimbledon quarterfinal by topping 13th-seeded resurgent German Tommy Haas 6-1,
6-4, 7-6 (7-4), while the second-seeded Murray landed in his sixth straight
Wimbledon quarter by handling 20th-seeded Russian veteran Mikhail Youzhny 6-4,
7-6 (7-5), 6-1 on the famed Centre Court.
Djokovic lost his serve for the first time of the fortnight when Haas turned
the trick en route to 4-2 lead in the second set, but the super Serb got the
break back to level the set at 4-all, and would hold on from there. Djokovic
held his serve for his first 48 service games of the 2013 tournament.
Haas broke Djokovic for a second time and then held for a 5-5 score in the
third set and eventually forced a tiebreak, but Djokovic jumped out to a 5-1
lead in the extra session and ultimately closed out his German counterpart on
a fourth match point, a forehand winner after 2 hours, 12 minutes of tennis.
Djokovic served for the match at 5-3 in the stanza, but blew a match
point in the ninth game.
The 35-year-old Haas had been 2-0 against Djokovic on grass, including a
quarterfinal victory at Wimbledon four years ago.
Djokovic is now 6-3 lifetime versus the one-time world No. 2 Haas after
smacking 13 aces and piling up six service breaks.
The six-time major champion Djokovic, who beat Murray in this year's
Australian Open final and lost to Murray in last year's U.S. Open title tilt,
captured his lone Wimbledon championship two years ago.
Djokovic will play in his 17th straight Grand Slam quarterfinal against former
Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the capable Youzhny, who has reached at least the fourth round at
Wimbledon on eight occasions, had a 5-2 lead against Murray in the second set
on Monday, but he ultimately lost the stanza via tiebreak and then succumbed
to the Scot after that.
Murray lost to Roger Federer in last year's Wimbledon final and then beat
Federer in the Olympic gold-medal match a month later here on the hallowed
lawns at the All England Club.
The 26-year-old Murray will appear in his 10th straight Grand Slam
quarterfinal. He captured his first-ever major title by beating Djokovic in
last year's U.S. Open finale.
Murray is trying to give Britain its first male Wimbledon singles champion in
His quarterfinal opponent on Wednesday will be Spanish veteran Fernando
Fourth-seeded French Open runner-up David Ferrer reached his second straight
Wimbledon quarterfinal by overcoming capable Croat Ivan Dodig 6-7 (3-7), 7-6
(8-6), 6-1, 6-1, the seventh-seeded 2010 Wimbledon runner-up Berdych topped
young Aussie Bernard Tomic 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-4, and eighth-seeded
former U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro doused 23rd-seeded Italian
Andreas Seppi 6-4, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 to reach his first-ever Wimbledon quarter.
The gritty Spaniard Ferrer and formidable 6-foot-7 Argentine del Potro will
lock horns in a marquee quarterfinal on Wednesday.
A pair of Poles landed in the round of eight at Wimbledon for the first
time in history, as 24th-seeded Jerzy Janowicz outlasted veteran Austrian
left-hander Jurgen Melzer 3-6, 7-6 (7-1), 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 and Lukasz Kubot went
the distance to beat France's Adrian Mannarino 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. The 6-
foot-8 Janowicz and Kubot will meet on Wednesday, with the winner giving
Poland its' first-ever male Grand Slam semifinalist.
Also reaching his first-ever Wimbledon quarterfinal was the aforementioned
southpaw and former top-10 star Verdasco, who handled Frenchman Kenny De
Schepper 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 on "Manic Monday," when all of the remaining singles
players are on the schedule at the AEC.
For the second time in three days, there will be no men's singles action on
Tuesday. The middle Sunday marked the traditional day off at Wimbledon.
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