Djokovic To Face Tsonga In QFs; Murray Sets DelPo Clash
Indian Wells, U.S.A.
Djokovic converted four of his 11 break points in the 87-minute victory, avenging his loss at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Paris to Querrey, who is the last player to beat the Serbian. Djokovic has won 21 matches in a row and has a 16-0 record in 2013.
“It was very similar to Bercy. I had a few unforced errors and he started to play better. That’s why he came back,” said Djokovic. “But I felt throughout the whole match, I had control and was moving and hitting well, so I’m very happy with the performance.”
The top seed is looking to lift his third trophy in Indian Wells, having triumphed in 2008 and 2011. In the last eight, Djokovic will clash with eighth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
World No. 3 Andy Murray advanced past Argentina’s Carlos Berlocq 7-6(4), 6-4. Murray twice trailed by a service break in the first set, with Berlocq serving for the set at 5-4. The Argentine, who had upset Kei Nishikori in the third round, could not capitalise on his opportunity, though, and Murray won the ensuing tie-break. The Scot then let slip an early break advantage in the second set before breaking decisively in the seventh game to claim victory in just under two hours.
"It was tough," admitted Murray. "He started well and he was playing very aggressive. He had a lot of chances in the first set. He obviously served for it. And then the second set was kind of the other way around. I had a lot of chances, but it was still tight. All the games were pretty close, a lot of long games and longish rallies."
The 25-year-old Murray is playing his first tournament since finishing runner-up to Djokovic at the Australian Open. The Scot reached the final of this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in 2009, losing to Rafael Nadal. He is bidding to win his second ATP World Tour title of the season after victory at the Brisbane International (d. Dimitrov).
In the quarter-finals, Murray will face seventh seed Juan Martin del Potro, who swept aside 34-year-old German Tommy Haas 6-1, 6-2. Del Potro won 72 per cent of points on serve and converted five of his 11 break points. The 24-year-old del Potro won the Rotterdam title last month (d. Benneteau) and reached the Dubai semifinals (l. to Djokovic) in the lead-in to Indian Wells.
"I think it was my best match of the tournament, for sure," said del Potro. "I played so solid on the baseline, trying to hit hard the ball with my forehand. I served well, and that's what I need to play against Murray in the next round. Be aggressive all the time and find the lines with my forehands and serves."