• ATP Western & Southern Open

Federer survives scare as Djokovic cruises

ESPN staff
August 15, 2013
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Defending Western & Southern Open Roger Federer recovered from a set and a break down to defeat Tommy Haas and keep his hopes of a sixth crown alive in Cincinnati - while Novak Djokovic eased into the quarter-finals.

Federer lost the opening set 6-1, but fought back to claim the final two 7-5 6-3 to progress, while Djokovic overcame David Goffin with consummate ease 6-2 6-0.

Federer struggled during the opening exchanges, with Haas looking menacing from the beginning and settling the quicker of the two.

Haas was playing superbly, but was aided by some sloppy play from Federer, and there were worrying signs for the record 17-time grand slam champion as Haas raced into a 4-1 advantage.

A forehand miss from Federer handed Haas the sixth game, and on his third set point Haas moved in front to the loss of only a single game at 6-1.

Federer's woes continued as Haas broke and consolidated it to go 2-0 up. However, Federer hit back from 4-2 down to square the match at 4-4, and then pounced in the 12th game from being 6-5 in front by clinching the set with a flashing cross-court forehand to go into a final set.

The level of Haas dropped as Federer started to find his rhythm, and with the momentum behind him the Swiss claimed the break to go 5-3 in front, before sealing victory with a fine forehand up the line.

Djokovic sealed a comfortable passage into the quarter-finals after brushing aside Goffin - and the world No. 1 never had to climb out of first gear.

As far as last-16 encounters go at Masters events, this was certainly one of Djokovic's easier ties as his young Belgian opponent failed to pose any threat to the Australian Open champion.

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Djokovic is looking to claim the one and only Masters crown missing from his cabinet, and were he to triumph at the end of the week would become the first man to win all nine Masters tournaments.

Djokovic, four times a runner-up at Cincinnati, immediately applied the pressure to Goffin's serve in the second game of the match.

While Goffin gained some confidence by fending off the early threat, he was unable to prevent Djokovic from securing the break as he fell 3-1 down, which quickly turned into 5-2 as Goffin failed to make an impact.

And with Goffin being outplayed all over the court, Djokovic claimed the first set in 30 minutes, with the statistics not looking good for Goffin, who had hit 18 unforced errors compared to Djokovic's seven.

The match appeared as though it was going to be concluding very quickly, and it only took Djokovic 20 minutes to take the second set 6-0 to reach the last-eight of the tournament once again.

Djokovic is set to face John Isner after the American got the better of Rogers Cup finalist Milos Raonic 7-6(5) 6-4.

Juan Martin del Potro meanwhile encountered a tough battle with Feliciano Lopez, but the big Argentinian was able to emerge unscathed in three sets.

Having taken the opening set 6-4, former US Open champion Del Potro was forced to watch Lopez level the tie after dropping the second set 6-1. In the decider, the experience of Del Potro shone as he edged out Lopez 6-4 to book his place in the quarter-finals.

Third seed David Ferrer meanwhile crashed out of the event after going down 6-2 6-4 to an inspired Dmitry Tursunov, and the reward for the latter is a clash with Del Potro in the last-eight.

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