Federer, Djokovic, Fish and del Potro reach Cincinnati quarterfinals; Murray ousted
August 16, 2012 · Print This Article
Cincinnati Masters—Mason, Ohio
Former finalist Mardy Fish dashed into the quarterfinals in Cincinnati on Thursday, defeating 33-year-old Radek Stepanek 6-3 6-3 in one hour and 34 minutes.
Slamming seven aces in total, Fish broke his veteran opponent on three occasions and improved to 18-10 on the season.
The No. 20 ranked American will next face Roger Federer, who cruised past Bernard Tomic 6-2, 6-4.
No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic needed one set to reach the quarters after his opponent Nikolay Davydenko retired after losing the first set 6-0. Djokovic, who won in Toronto last week, will next face Marin Cilic. The tall Croatian beat Pablo Andujar 7-6(4), 6-2.
Elsewhere, Argentine Juan Martin del Potro overcame an early wrist injury to capture his sixth straight win over Viktor Troicki 7-6(2), 2-6, 6-1 on Court 3.
Not able to hit his two-handed backhand for most of the match, del Potro used his guile and court sense to reach his 11th quarterfinal or better this season.
The Tandil native will next face Jeremy Chardy, who stunned defending champion Andy Murray 6-4, 6-4. Striking 27 winners during the biggest win of his career, Chardy also took out Andy Roddick earlier in the week and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga last week in Toronto.
Action that took place later in the day saw Milos Raonic take out Tomas Berdych 6-4, 2-6, 6-2, and Stanislas Wawrinka blitzed past Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-3.
Raonic and Wawrinka will meet for a place in the semifinals on the Grandstand on Friday.