August 10, 2018
The quarter-finals are set at Rogers Cup presented by National Bank
Tennis Canada – TORONTO
- Wimbledon champ and four-time winner at Rogers Cup Novak Djokovic fell in the third round Thursday to up-and-coming Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas in a three-set tussle. It’s Djokovic’s first loss in Toronto since 2014, and Tsitsipas, just 19, moves into his first Masters 1000 quarter-final.
- It’s there that he’ll meet No.2 seed and defending champ Alexander Zverev who wasted no time in a straight-forward thumping of Daniil Medvedev on Thursday afternoon. Zverev hasn’t dropped a set in his first two matches, and last week beat Tsitsipas in the semi-finals in Washington, D.C.
- Canada’s great hope Denis Shapovalov couldn’t conjure the magic he found a year ago in Montreal. He lost on Thursday evening to Robin Haase, the world No.39, in two sets. Shapovalov played far from his best tennis and told reporters, “Obviously I wasn’t having a good day.”
- Seeds Marin Cilic and Kevin Anderson moved through without much bother.
- Anderson will play Grigor Dimitrov, who for the second straight round needed a third-set tiebreak to come through. He beat American youngster Frances Tiafoe on Centre Court.
- Cilic, meanwhile, will face World No. 1 Rafael Nadal, who defeated Stan Wawrinka in a tight two-set match late Thursday night.
- Haase’s quarter-final foe will be Karen Khachanov, a 22-year-old Russian who won two tiebreak sets of his own over the big-serving John Isner, seeded No.8.
- In doubles, the top seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic were given a walkover into the quarter-finals, while Anderson and Djokovic teamed up to beat the defending champ and No.3 seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.
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- After a full day of non-stop action, the quarter-finals are set. Six of the eight quarter-finalists are seeded players, with four ranked inside the Top 10.
- The first player to book her spot in the quarter-finals was the 2017 US Open Champion Sloane Stephens, who ousted qualifier Carla Suarez Navarro. The 25-year-old American will look to better her semi-final run at the Rogers Cup in Toronto last year as she will take on Anastasija Sevastova on Friday.
- Tournament favourite, Simona Halep, had double the workload on Thursday, as she had to finish her match that was rained-out on Wednesday night as well as play her third round match on the same day. She had a tough time against Anastasija Pavlyyuchenkova, but went on to make quick work of Venus Williams.
- After winning a closely fought match against Magdalena Rybarikova, Caroline Garcia, one of the fan favourites of the tournament, was efficient against former World No. 1 Maria Sharapova, eliminating the five-time Grand Slam champion in straight sets. Garcia will battle Halep for a spot in the semi-finals.
- Ashleigh Barty (no. 15), Kiki Bertens, Elina Svitolina (no. 5) and Elise Mertens (no. 14) will also compete in Friday’s quarter-final matches, which are scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m.
- The doubles quarter-finals will feature a number of seeded teams, including the third seeds Kristina Mladenovic and Timea Babos, the latter being the current No. 1 doubles player on the WTA tour.
- Although she lost in singles earlier on in the week, Canadian Eugenie Bouchard is currently on an impressive run in doubles, as she has reached the quarter-finals playing alongside Stephens. The duo will take on the tournament’s second seeds, Latisha Chan and Ekaterina Makarova.