Updated: 19/08/2013 17:39 | By Press Association

Djokovic crashes out



Novak Djokovic crashed out in Cincinnati (© AP)

Novak Djokovic crashed out in Cincinnati (AP)

Novak Djokovic exited the Western & Southern Open at the quarter-final stage after losing to home favourite John Isner.

World number one Djokovic had the chance to make history this week by becoming the first player to win all nine Masters titles, but his hopes of completing the set in Cincinnati were dashed after Isner came through 7-6 (7/5) 3-6 7-5.

Djokovic needed to save a break point in his opening service game against the big-hitting Isner, who suffered a surprise first-round loss to Vasek Pospisil in last week's Rogers Cup.

The match went with serve for the remainder of the set and it was only a Djokovic double fault in the tiebreak that handed Isner the initiative, with the 28-year-old taking full advantage.

Isner once again had the opportunity to break his opponent in the opening game of the next set, but reigning Australian Open champion Djokovic showed his mettle.

Indeed, the Serbian would save seven break points before converting one of his three chances to square the match.

Despite Djokovic taking the momentum into the decider, Isner refused to wilt. The American made his march in the 12th game, but while Djokovic saved the first match point with an ace, he double faulted at the crucial time once more and Isner sealed a memorable win.

Rafael Nadal rallied from a set down to beat old foe Roger Federer 5-7 6-4 6-3.

Nadal extended his winning streak on hard courts to 13 in 2013 as well as putting himself within two matches of a record-equalling fifth Masters crown this year.

"It was very close," Nadal told atpworldtour.com. "He had a good chance in the second. I think I played a good few points in important moments."

Federer labelled the performance a "step in the right direction" after a relatively lean 2013.

"I'm happy with my progress along the way," Federer said. "Could have won tonight, should have won tonight, who knows? But at the end, I think Rafa's confidence and the way he's playing at the moment got him through.

"So for me, I think it was a good step in the right direction."

Juan Martin Del Potro beat Dmitry Tursunov 6-4 3-6 6-1 to complete the semi-final line-up.

2Comments
Report
Please help us to maintain a healthy and vibrant community by reporting any illegal or inappropriate behavior. If you believe a message violates theCode of Conductplease use this form to notify the moderators. They will investigate your report and take appropriate action. If necessary, they report all illegal activity to the proper authorities.
Categories
100 character limit
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?
10 reasons to make MSN UK your homepage (© Microsoft)

latest tennis news

  • John Isner recorded a 6-3 6-4 triumph to retain the Atlanta Open title

    Defending champion John Isner played up to his top-seed status as he claimed a straight-sets victory over Dudi Sela to win the BB&T Atlanta Open on Sunday.

  • Tommy Robredo, pictured, could not repeat his 2013 triumph in Umag

    Pablo Cuevas rounded off what has been a fine July for the Uruguayan as he denied Tommy Robredo a successful title defence in the final of the Vegeta Croatia Open in Umag on Sunday.

  • Pablo Andujar beat Juan Monaco to win the Suisse Open

    Pablo Andujar won the third ATP World Tour title of his career on Sunday as he saw off Juan Monaco in straight sets in the final of the Credit Agricole Suisse Open in Gstaad.

  • Elina Svitolina's victory in Azerbaijan on Sunday secured what is her second WTA title

    Ukrainian teenager Elina Svitolina retained her Baku Cup title by defeating another former champion, Bojana Jovanovski, in straight sets in Sunday's 2014 final.

  • John Isner, pictured, defeated Jack Sock 7-5 6-4 in Atlanta

    Top seed and defending champion John Isner reached the final of the BB&T Atlanta Open with a straight-sets victory over Jack Sock.

  • Tommy Robredo was thwarted by the rain

    Torrential rain forced the cancellation of play at the Vegeta Croatia Open on Saturday, forcing both semi-finals to Sunday.

  • Juan Monaco is finding his form after injury

    Juan Monaco will regain his place in the world's top 100 on Monday after reaching the final of the Credit Agricole Suisse Open in Gstaad.

  • Elina Svitolina was taken to three sets

    Former champions Elina Svitolina and Bojana Jovanovski will meet in the Baku Cup final on Sunday after coming through tight three-setters in the semi-finals.

  • John Isner progressed in Atlanta

    Top seed John Isner reached the BB&T Atlanta Open semi-finals with a straight-sets win over Australian Marinko Matosevic.

  • Italy's Fabio Fognini is back in the semis at Umag after being a defeated finalist last year

    Top seed Fabio Fognini progressed to the semi-finals of the Vegeta Croatia Open in Umag on Friday after coming from behind to defeat local teenage wild card Borna Coric.

  • Mikhail Youzhny, pictured, fell to a 3-6 6-1 6-4 defeat to Robin Haase in Gstaad

    Top seed Mikhail Youzhny saw the defence of his Credit Agricole Suisse Open title come to an end on Friday as he was beaten by Holland's Robin Haase in a last-eight repeat of the 2013 final.

  • Ukraine's Elina Svitolina, the defending champion, was among those to advance to the Baku Cup semi-finals on Friday.

    Japanese qualifier Misa Eguchi's impressive run in this year's Baku Cup came to an end on Friday as she was knocked out at the quarter-final stage by fifth seed Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia.

  • John Isner, pictured, beat Robby Ginepri to book his place in the quarter-finals

    Top seed and defending champion John Isner moved into the quarter-finals of the BB&T Atlanta Open with a comeback victory over home favourite Robby Ginepri.

  • Fabio Fognini is through to the quarter-finals of the Croatia Open in Umag

    Number one seed Fabio Fognini marched into the quarter-finals of the Vegeta Croatia Open in Umag after coming through a tight first set.

  • Mikhail Youzhny is defending his title in Gstaad

    Top seed Mikhail Youzhny launched the defence of his Credit Agricole Suisse Open title by setting up a repeat of last year's final in Gstaad.