Djokovic Handles Haas, Isner Ousts Raonic To Reach Canadian Open SFs
by Staff | August 11th, 2012, 11:18 am

Defending champion Novak Djokovic returned to the semifinals of the Canadian Open after posting two wins Friday at rain-plagued Toronto. The top-seeded Djokovic eased past Sam Querrey in the third round in the afternoon, then in the evening took out Tommy Haas 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in a match that ended just before midnight.

“Tommy is a great player,” Djokovic said. “After years of injuries and surgeries, he comes back very strong, very fit, plays really well on faster surfaces. He made a couple really good wins here and he was on the roll, so it was a really tough match.

“For me, [it’s been] a long two days,” he added. “I don’t know how I found a way. I think I was fighting very hard, and that’s the positive of tonight’s match. That’s why I won, I think.”

Djokovic moves on to meet countryman Janko Tipsaravic who straight-setted Marin Cilic and Marcel Granollers.

In the earlier semifinal, John Isner will clash with Richard Gasquet. The 6-foot-9 Isner upended Canadian favorite Milos Raonic 7-6, 6-4 in the quarterfinals last night.

“I felt all right out there, and I thought I would feel fine,” Isner said after beating Raonic, his second win of the day following a 3-set win over Philipp Kohlschreiber. “The way I looked at it is I was at a bit of an advantage, in my opinion, because he hadn’t played in a few days.”

Gasquet upset a fatigued 2011 finalist Mardy Fish 5-7, 6-1, 6-2.

“For sure it’s tough, but I think he played one more hour than me in the morning with Monaco so it made a little bit of a difference, I think,” said Gasquet. “I tried to fight a lot and then I defended well and I played a good match. But for sure to play two matches in a day, it’s very difficult.”

The rains also hit Montreal where today the women will play both the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds. After top seed Victoria Azarenka withdrew with a knee injury, Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki, Li Na and Angelique Kerber all remain in the hunt.


STADIUM start noon
[1] M Mirnyi (BLR) / D Nestor (CAN) vs [8] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP)

Not Before 3:00 PM
[14] R Gasquet (FRA) vs [8] J Isner (USA)

Not Before 6:30 PM
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs [5] J Tipsarevic (SRB)
[5] J Melzer (AUT) / L Paes (IND) vs [2] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA)

Not Before 4:00 PM
[1] M Mirnyi (BLR) / D Nestor (CAN) or [8] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) vs [4] R Lindstedt (SWE) / H Tecau (ROU)

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15 Comments for Djokovic Handles Haas, Isner Ousts Raonic To Reach Canadian Open SFs

Gaga Says:

This is going to be an easy masters series for Djokovic to win. 1000 easy pts. He got lucky with no top players there to stop him like during the clay and grass seasons where he would always lose.

Angel Says:

Gaga, I don’t think is going to be as easy as you put it for Djokovic. He had to play last week until Sunday in London and he made the travel this week to Toronto. He played yesterday a very demanding couple of matches, especially the last one that ended almost today and he has to play against a top ten more rested later today, I wouldn’t be surprised if he loses today and if he doesn’t then tomorrow he’d probably face Isner who beat him the last time they played. I’m sorry Gaga but I have to desagree with you this isn’t a easy Masters for Djokovic.

Gaga Says:

Like I said it will be easy.

Gasquet in the final!

Ckr Says:

Yes…very similar to how Fed used top pile up grand slams before Nadal came on board. Beating Davydenkos and Lubijics to win slams….

Fot Says:

ckr…in Rogers’s 17 slam title finals, he never faced Davydenko or Ljubicic.

The Great Davy Says:

The Great Davy shall not being bad mouthed in anyway! You must be forgetful, forgetfulling all the times I gave a better fight than both Roger’s US Open Final opponents!

madmax Says:

Thank goodness for Fot! Speaks reason.

Ckr Says:
Yes…very similar to how Fed used top pile up grand slams before Nadal came on board. Beating Davydenkos and Lubijics to win slams….

August 11th, 2012 at 6:23 pm

Ckr…no way. It’s a shame really when you don’t understand the rudimentaries of tennis. Some people never will though. How many slams did nadal will on clay (out of his overall total?)

Ben Pronin Says:

How many slams Nadal has won or will win on clay is irrelevant. As Fot said, Federer never faced Davydenko or Ljubicic in a final. And if he had? Then it would’ve been pretty good, imo. Davydenko is definitely one of the better players to have never reached a slam final. And before he broke his wrist, he was giving everyone on tour all sorts of fits, including and especially Federer and Nadal. When you’re winning a lot of titles and slams the way Federer was (and Nadal, and Sampras, and all of the greats) you’re bound to play some scrubs here and there. But the fact that Ljubicic and Davydenko come to mind so quickly is a testament to the fact that they were in fact very good players who did consistently well at big events. Otherwise there’d be no reason to remember them at all.

Eric Says:

Davydenko was easily in the top 5 best hardcourt players of the last decade. (Now he sucks, so it’s easy to forget he was in the top 8 for something like a million consecutive years.)

Dave Says:

Good point madmax:

– Clearly Nadal piles up most of his grand slam titles on clay. The great majority (64%) of Nadal’s 11 slams came on clay. This is significant because clay is a minority surface on the tennis tour: clay makes up only 25% of the grand slams… clay makes up only 20% of the grand slams plus World Tour Finals… and clay makes up only only 34% of the 67 tournaments played on the ATP tour.

– Davydenko still has a winning record against Nadal (and Ljubicic is 2-2 against Nadal on outdoor hardcourts). Since Nadal’s prime started in 2008, Davydenko has a 6-3 winning record over Nadal. On the other hand, Federer has a clear 17-2 career winning record against Davydenko (in Roger’s prime, he never lost to Davydenko).

– Nadal piled up 27% of his grand slams beating Mariano Puerta, Tomas Berdych and Robin Soderling in the final.

Gaga Says:

Nadal is the clay GOAT. On other surfaces than clay he needs a million things to go his way to win a slam. He is like Agassi who won just 1 FO and 1 Wimbledon while Nadal has only won 1 AO and 1 USO. Both overachieved at their worst slams to win a title at each of them. Agassi won 2 USOs at his second best slam while Nadal won 2 Wimbledons at his second best slam. The only difference is that Agassi won 4 titles at his best slam, the AO, while Nadal might end up with twice that number at his best slam, RG.

skeezer Says:

Tired of hearing “oh if so in so” was in the tournament then Novak would not have won…….well “sos and so” is not in the tournament. They can’t play, they can’t get it together because they are not in shape to play, Novak is, and was. So whoever is left to play earned it ere points. Case closed and congrats to Novak!

Sienna Says:

Nadal has had 2 years where he outgunned Fed in the so called faster slams
But you most look closely at those 2 years in order to find out that Fed was well below par for that to happen.

2008 monoyear Dave has given us already very good analysis about that year and the follow up on the backissue

2010 Fed started with a bang winning the AU Open
only to be put to bed the remaining of the year by a terrible lung infection which took away all of his stamina well earned fysical peak after au Open vivtory.
He probably picked that up while performing charity work in Africa.

Anyway it totally took out the sting for 2010 and enabled Nadal to win his second Wimbly and only US Open slam How could he be so lucky?

Nadal only reached those slam finals in 2011 because Fed was not there to stop him in semi luck of the draw perhaps.

So Nadal got his non clay slams but he should be lucky that he could get them against a fysicall below par Fed Fed is again in prime shape and eager to go on for years and years learning each year how to better himself fysically. Nadal is at a total stop. He is trying hail Mary appearances for US Open. That is the act of a wounded animal and wounded in the sense of not knowing what to do about current affairs in tennis.

Mark Says:

^Beware of the wounded animal!!

Gaga Says:

The truth is Nadal won his non clay slams by taking advantage of the window of opportunity from 2008-2010. In those 3 years, Federer was past his peak and it was before Djokovic entered his peak and now Murray and Del Potro are entering their peaks as well. It was in 2009 than Nadal mucked it up because he was a non factor during FO/Wimbledon 2009 period where if healthy he could have won at least 2009 RG…

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