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Djokovic Speeds Into Quarters; Berdych Beaten

Monte-Carlo, Monaco

Novak Djokovic claimed his 12th win in a row on Thursday as he blasted past lucky loser Pablo Carreno Busta 6-0, 6-1 in 47 minutes to reach the quarter-finals of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. The Serb took only two minutes longer than his 45-minute win over Albert Montanes on Tuesday.

"Lost only two games in the first two matches. Can't be better than this, for sure," said Djokovic. "I don't want to get carried away. I am confident on the court. I'm coming off a great American hard court season. I want to keep that going."

It took Carreno Busta 40 minutes to get on the scoreboard against the ruthless Djokovic, notching his first game at 3-1 in the second set. There was to be no fightback for the Spaniard, named 2013 ATP Most Improved Player of the Year, as Djokovic raced to victory just seven minutes later. The right-hander hit 24 winners, to just four from Carreno Busta, and lost only six points on serve.

The 26-year-old Djokovic is bidding to win his fifth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title in a row. The Belgrade native came into Monte-Carlo on the back of completing the Indian Wells-Miami double for the second time in his career (also 2011) and had closed 2013 with victories in Shanghai and Paris.

Djokovic ended Rafael Nadal’s eight-year reign at the Monte-Carlo Country Club last year and is looking to become the fifth player to successfully defend his crown here after Bjorn Borg (1980), Thomas Muster (1996), Juan Carlos Ferrero (2003) and Nadal (2006-12).

For a place in the semi-finals, Djokovic will face Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, who fought from a set down to upset fifth seed Tomas Berdych 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 in two hours and six minutes. Garcia-Lopez recorded his eighth win in a row, having won his third ATP World Tour title last week in Casablanca (d. Granollers). The 30 year old will look to overturn a 0-5 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Djokovic.

"Another clay court specialist, another match which I approach with an aggressive mindset in terms of game plan," said Djokovic. "I have already great variety in the game, which is one of the key components for an optimal success on this surface. You need to be able to play equally well defensively and offensively. That's something I was doing quite well in the first two rounds."

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