October 21, 2014
TENNIS — Western & Southern OpenFriday, August 15, 2014
Robredo ends Djokovic’s bid for elusive Cincy title
World No. 1 upset in two sets
Tommy Robredo shocked world number one Novak Djokovic 7-6 (8-6) 7-5 yesterday to move into the quarterfinals of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.
MASON, Ohio — Top-seeded Novak Djokovic was upset by Tommy Robredo of Spain 7-6 (8-6) 7-5 in the round of 16 at the Western & Southern Open yesterday.
Djokovic, who has never won the tournament, dropped the first set after fighting back from a 6-3 deficit in the tiebreaker. Robredo failed to convert two match points before completing the upset with a slam on a short Djokovic lob.
Robredo had lost six straight matches against the Serb after winning their first encounter.
“Many, many, many things are not clicking these two weeks on hard courts,” said Djokovic. “It’s unfortunate but it’s more than obvious I’m not playing even close to what I’m supposed to play. It’s disappointing that I’m finishing Cincinnati again with a tough loss but it’s sport.”
Earlier, Andy Murray fought off two late match points and edged John Isner of the US 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 7-6 (7-2) to reach the quarterfinals.
Isner, who lost to Rafael Nadal in last year’s final, had two chances to win the match with a 6-5 lead in the third set, but Murray salvaged both points before taking control with a mini-break for a 3-1 lead in the tiebreaker.
Stan Wawrinka shook off losing the first set to roll through the next two and advance with a 3-6 6-0 6-1 win over Marin Cilic of Croatia. Wawrinka, the Australian Open champion, will meet unseeded Julien Benneteau of France in the quarterfinals.
Benneteau eliminated Jerzy Janowicz of Poland 7-5 6-1. Fabio Fognini of Italy also needed three sets to get past Yen-Hsun Lu of Taiwan 3-6 6-3 6-3.
In women’s play, top-seeded Serena Williams continued her pursuit of her first title in this tournament with a 6-2 6-2 win over Flavia Pennetta.
Williams immediately took command, breaking Pennetta’s first serve of the match. Williams, who’s never won this tournament, also led, 5-0, in the second set.
“I got the early break, and I didn’t let go,” she said. “That’s what I wanted to do. She can try and come back. She tried to come back, I wanted to stay focused.”
While Williams’ brilliant resume includes 61 titles, the Cincinnati hard court event is not on that long list and the 32-year-old US player has set her sights on adding it to her collection.
In five previous visits Williams has only reached the semifinals twice with her best result coming last year when she let the title slip through her fingers losing in a third set tiebreak to Victoria Azarenka.
Simona Halep of Romania also reached the quarterfinals with a 6-4 7-5 win over Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic, but Carla Suárez Navarro of Spain was upset by unseeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 4-6 6-4 6-4.
Herald staff with agencies