WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN 2013
Djokovic Continues Quest For Career Masters Sweep
by ATP Staff|
Novak Djokovic moved another step closer to achieving the Career Golden Masters at the Western & Southern Open on Thursday, reaching the quarter-finals by defeating qualifier David Goffin 6-2, 6-0 in 50 minutes.
The top seed broke his opponent five times during the match and did not face a break point while cruising to victory.
"Even though the scoreline says it was quite straightforward, it's still it's never easy," said Djokovic. "You need to work for your wins and points. That was kind of the mindset I had today before I came to the court. I wanted to just play from the first to last point committed and just aggressive, and I did well."
The World No. 1 has won eight of the nine Masters 1000 events during his career so far and needs only the Cincinnati title to complete the sweep. Though he has reached the final in Cincinnati four times, Djokovic has yet to lift the trophy. "I have an extra motivation and an opportunity to make history in this tournament, so I'm very inspired to play well day after day," he said.
The Serb next faces American John Isner, who defeated Montreal finalist Milos Raonic 7-6(5), 6-4. Isner, the leader of the Emirates Airline US Open Series Standings coming into this event, won 80 percent of his first serve points in this battle of big servers, closing out the match in straight sets.
Seventh seed Juan Martin del Potro also advanced but needed three sets to overcome Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 1-6, 6-4. After a commanding second set by Lopez, Del Potro responded by breaking twice in the third set to wrap up victory in just over two hours.
The Argentine will be attempting to reach the Cincinnati semi-finals for the second year in a row when he takes on Dmitry Tursunov in his next match. Tursunov continued his recent resurgence by defeating third seed David Ferrer 6-2, 6-4 in an hour and 15 minutes.