Canadian Milos Raonic took on Gael Monfils in the final quarter-final of the day.
For his part, Raonic plans to keep controlling the pace of his matches, even against a ranked opponent like the 10th-seeded Monfils.
Radek Stepanek did everything he could, but the 37-year-old from the Czech Republic ultimately could not match the fast feet, stellar defence and general excellence of world No. 1 and top seed Novak Djokovic in the third-round night cap at the Rogers Cup.
Top seed Novak Djokovic is carrying on where he left off on North American hard courts when he completed the Sunshine Double for the fourth time in his career back in April and the world number one is looking to extend his record to 30 Masters 1000 titles this week at the Rogers Cup in Toronto.
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“When I’m in shape, I’m tough to beat”.
“Bit fortunate I must say”, he said in an on-court interview. Sock pushed the first set to a tiebreaker but won just two games in the second set. The pick of the Quarter-Final matches is Raonic vs Monfils, which will see a contrast in styles as the defensive baseliner plays the aggressive nature of Raonic’s game.
“It’s going to be an interesting match against Anderson”. That’s a top-flight night session and with Raonic playing second, you would hope the notoriously early-leaving crowd will go against its patterns and actually hang in there all the way.
In another last-16 match, South African Kevin Anderson overhauled 12th seed Bernard Tomic 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in two hours.
Next up for the world No. 1 in Friday’s quarterfinals will be another Czech, No. 5 seed Tomas Berdych, who edged American qualifier Ryan Harrison 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 6-4.
But Berdych’s return sailed long, costing him a game that would later prove crucial in a Rogers Cup quarter-final that Djokovic would win 7-6, 6-3.
Second seed Stan Wawrinka and third seed Kei Nishikori will meet in other semi-final.
Raonic, from nearby Thornhill, Ont., established his dominance over Donaldson from the very first serve, hitting 235 km/h on the radar gun.
Meanwhile, Nishikori pulled away from Dimitrov in the third set for a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 win.
Djokovic had earlier broken his opponent to go up 4-2, but the warning, followed by the unforced error, had the top seed reeling as he smacked his racquet against the net in frustration at the changeover. He was beaten a year ago in the Canadian final by Andy Murray.
If we are to judge by the past, Wawrinka and Nishikori have met only in the biggest events with three of their four matches coming at the Grand Slams or in the Masters 1000s. The two players have faced one another 11 times and each time Djokovic has emerged victorious.
Djokovic and Berdych will be facing each other for the first time at the Rogers Cup.