August 13, 2009
Arturo Velazquez- Tennis Canada
Serb Novak Djokovic, the defending champion of the Montreal leg of the Rogers Cup presented by Natioanl Bank, became the first player to qualify for the quarter-finals of the prestigious event during Thursday’s matinee session.
The No.4 player in the world needed one hour and 22 minutes to oust Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny, ranked 29th on the ATP Tour, 6-3, 6-4. Eighth in the world just one year ago, the Russian seems to be losing his momentum. Djokovic took advantage of his many unforced errors to walk away with the win without putting forth too much of an effort.
Djokovic broke his opponent’s serve three times, only giving up his own once.
Since the start of the year, the Serb has captured two titles (Belgrade and Dubai) and has reached four finals, three of which have been Masters 1000 events.
The US Open finalist in 2007 and Australian Open champion in 2008, Djokovic is looking to regain the No.3 ranking in the world this summer – something that belonged to him just this past spring.