On Thursday afternoon, the no. 1 and no.2 seeds Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Andy Murray of Great Britain breezed into the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank at Uniprix Stadium.
The event’s top two contenders had no time to waste and their unfortunate rivals paid the price.
Three-time Rogers Cup titleholder Djokovic was back in the locker room after 54 minutes. In his one-sided battle against Jack Sock of the US, the world no.1 broke his 22-year-old opponent four times to take the match in two sets (6-2, 6-1), racking up 55 points versus 32 for Sock. Djokovic returned with his usual power and precision and the American was only able to hit 38% of his second serves in (versus 75% for Djokovic).
Two-time Rogers Cup champion Andy Murray also had an easy run on Centre Court. He disposed of Gilles Muller of Luxemburg in two sets (6-3, 6-2) in just over an hour, bringing his record against Muller to 5-0 and gaining his third win against him in 2015. Murray broke his rival’s serve four times and earned 57 points versus 38 for Muller—statistics that perfectly illustrate Murray’s dominance.
Jérémy Chardy ousted Ivo Karlovic of Croatia in a difficult three-set struggle (4-6, 7-6 (1), 6-4). Despite hitting 18 aces, world no.23 Karlovic couldn’t find his game in the tiebreak and gave Chardy his second win in two matches against him.
Qualifier Ernests Gulbis of Latvia continued his resurgence and defeated Donald Young of the US in two sets (6-4, 6-4) to reach the quarterfinals. With a first-serve percentage of 90%, he hit twelve aces, including three in the eighth game of the final set, to take back the only break he gave away. He now cruises into Djokovic’s heavily armed harbour—a particularly inhospitable port of call.