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Federer and Djokovic cruise as Del Potro digs deep

ESPN staff
August 16, 2012
Juan Martin del Potro gutted out a victory © PA Photos

Roger Federer breezed into the quarter-finals of the Cincinnati Masters after a comfortable victory over Bernard Tomic on Thursday.

The Wimbledon champion was never really stretched by the young Australian, powering to a 6-2 6-4 victory as he continues his preparations for the forthcoming US Open.

Tomic never got so much as a sniff at a break point against the Swiss, in a match that barely lasted more than an hour. Federer dominated on his serve and picked apart his opponent at every opportunity - only relenting slightly late in the second stanza as victory appeared to be secured.

Second seed Novak Djokovic also expended little energy in progressing to the final eight on Thursday, as Nikolay Davydenko retired hurt in their match. Djokovic won the first set 6-0 in a mere 32 minutes before Davydenko opted to rest his clearly injured shoulder.

Sixth seed Juan Martin del Potro is also into the last eight, after he defeated Viktor Troicki in three sets, 7-6(2) 2-6 6-1.

It was an odd match for Del Potro, after he injured his wrist in the first set. He looked destined for defeat after being overwhelmed in the second set - but the momentum shifted wildly once again in the third, as the Argentine dug deep to get the victory.

Del Potro was on course to face Andy Murray in the next round, but will now face Jeremy Chardy after the Frenchman pulled off a surprising victory.

Elsewhere, tenth seed Mardy Fish delighted the home crowd with a tidy 6-3 6-3 triumph over Radek Stepanek.

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