In the biggest upset of the 2014 Western & Southern Open, Tommy Robredo defeated top seed Novak Djokovic 7-6(6), 7-5 in the round of 16.
Djokovic, who was looking to claim his first Cincinnati title and complete the elusive Career Golden Masters, fought off two match points, but couldn’t hold off the feisty veteran.
“It's unfortunate, but it's more than obvious I'm not playing even close to what I'm supposed to play,” said Djokovic.
Robredo records his second win over a World No.1, the last one coming against Lleyton Hewitt in 2003. “When I finish my career and when I will be sitting at home and talking with friends, I will remember days like this,” Robredo said.
He advances to his first Masters 1000 quarterfinal since 2011, and will face fellow countryman David Ferrer, who defeated Mikhail Youzhny in straight sets.
Andy Murray won an epic three set battle against 2013 finalist John Isner 6-7(3), 6-4, 7-6(2) to advance to the quarterfinals at the Western & Southern Open.
The two men played in front of a filled-to-capacity Grandstand, entertaining more than 5,000 fans. “You know, it was completely packed crowd from the first point right until the end,” said Murray. “So it was a really good atmosphere to get ready for the rest of the tournament.”
The two-time Cincinnati champion endured 21 aces from the big serving American and fought off two match points in their two and a half hour long match.
When asked about the loss, Isner said, “happy with how I competed. But I can always get better. If I want to get better as a player, I have to maybe find a way to win that match.”
Murray is looking to reach his first final since his historic Wimbledon title last year.
Five-time champion Roger Federer solidified his spot in the quarterfinals with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 win over Frenchman Gael Monfils.
The former World No.1 leads the ATP in 2014 match wins with 46. He sets up a 22nd meeting with Murray in the quarterfinals.
Federer’s thoughts on his upcoming opponent? “He's achieved everything he ever wanted probably at this point, so I think he's had a wonderful career. He's improved a lot as a player.”
The No.2 seed will continue his run for a record sixth W&S Open title tomorrow night on Center Court.
Young gun Milos Raonic ended wild card Steve Johnson’s Cincinnati run, defeating the American 6-7(7), 6-3, 7-6(4). The Canadian served up 29 aces and won 93% of points behind his first serve during the two hour, 13 minute match.
Raonic continues on to his second quarterfinal at the W&S Open to face Italian Fabio Fognini. Fognini defeated Yen-Hsun Lu in three sets earlier Thursday.
Stan Wawrinka booked a place in the quarterfinals with a 3-6, 6-0, 6-1 win over Marin Cilic. Wawrinka, a former semifinalist in Cincinnati, won 100% of points behind his first serve in the second and third sets, and broke the big serving Croatian five times en route to the victory.
The World No.4 advances to the quarterfinals for only the second time and will face Frenchman Julien Benneteau, who defeated Jerzy Janowicz in straight sets.
In doubles news, the dominant Bryan Brothers notched their 32nd match win in Cincinnati, ousting Eric Butorac and Raven Klaasen 6-1, 6-4 in less than 50 minutes. They move on in the hopes of claiming their record 99th ATP World Tour doubles title together.