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.
SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 11 AUGUST, 2012
STADIUM start noon
 M Mirnyi (BLR) / D Nestor (CAN) vs  M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP)
Not Before 3:00 PM
 R Gasquet (FRA) vs  J Isner (USA)
Not Before 6:30 PM
 N Djokovic (SRB) vs  J Tipsarevic (SRB)
 J Melzer (AUT) / L Paes (IND) vs  B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA)
Not Before 4:00 PM
 M Mirnyi (BLR) / D Nestor (CAN) or  M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) vs  R Lindstedt (SWE) / H Tecau (ROU)
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