World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and five-time Tour titlist Shahar Peer advanced to the Round of 16 on Wednesday’s Center Court night matches.
While Djokovic took out American Ryan Harrison 6-2, 6-3, Peer defeated Lucky Loser Pauline Parmentier, who replaced Victoria Azarenka in the main draw, by the same score. Azarenka withdrew due to a right hand sprain.
For Toronto champion Djokovic, the win over Harrison gives him a record of 54-1 on Tour this season. About the victory, the No. 1 seed said, "Well, it was a slow start, not a good start. But, yeah, I was serving not so great today. I think everything else was quite good."
Harrison, a semifinalist at the Olympus US Open Series stops in Los Angeles and Atlanta, praised Djokovic’s accomplishments this year and spoke of the loss. "He played fantastic. He's the No. 1 player in the world. He's lost one match this year, won two Grand Slams, he's fantastic player. Honestly, I can walk out of here and say, you know, ‘If I could have done this a little better, this a little better, I probably could have given myself a chance,’" he said.
Djokovic next faces recent Washington, DC champion Radek Stepanek in the next round.
Peer, who reached the Cincinnati Round of 16 last year, next meets the No. 16 seed Peng Shuai of China.
In other night matches, 2011 Strasbourg champion and World No. 11 Andrea Petkovic took out Sofia Arvidsson 6-2, 6-4, while this year’s Hamburg winner and World No. 12 Gilles Simon defeated Montreal semifinalist Janko Tipsarevic 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-3.
By Benjamin Snyder