The quarterfinals at the Canadian Open Friday will feature a strong line-up of the Top 5 seeds in the event plus former Top 10s Kevin Anderson, Grigor Dimitrov and Gael Monfils.
Earlier today, on what was a largely uneventful day for the top players World No. 1 Novak Djokovic came from 0-2 down the second to ease past Radek Stepanek 6-2, 6-4.
The 3-time champion Djokovic has a date with Tomas Berdych Friday night after the Czech won in three over pesky American Ryan Harrison 6-4, 6-7(2), 6-4. Djokovic has won 24 of 26 against Berdych!
Home hope Milos Raonic pummeled 19-year-old American Jared Donaldson 6-2, 6-3.
“I am doing things well. I’m taking care of my own things, creating some opportunities,” Raonic said. “I’m going for the shots. I’m taking time away from the other guy, making the guy, from what I can tell uncomfortable, not giving him too much rhythm. That always helps me.”
Raonic will now meet high-flying Gael Monfils who beat David Goffin in three to keep his recent run going. Their split four meetings but the Canadian has won both this year.
“I’ve got to play well. I have to dictate,” Raonic said. “I have been able to get the better of him twice this year because I was controlling the court and taking time away from him coming forward.
“He can do a lot of things. He can make you play a lot of balls. If you sort of take the time away from him then you make it difficult on him. I’m going to have to continue doing that.”
Kei Nishikori clocked Rajeev Ram 6-3, 6-4 and Grigor Dimitrov ended Ivo Karlovic’s hot streak breaking the big man twice in a 6-4, 7-5 victory. Nishikori has won both meetings with Dimitrov in this battle of former Canadian Open semifinalists.
And Kevin Anderson continued his comeback from an assortment of injuries collecting his first career win over Bernard Tomic. He’ll face second seed Stan Wawrinka who cruised past Jack Sock 7-6, 6-2.
“Not easy,” Wawrinka said of the Sock win. “But I’m happy with the way I played in general and the win.”
Wawrinka and Anderson have split eight prior meetings and both in Canada.
“It’s going to be an interesting match,” Wawrinka said. “It’s always been difficult to beat him, but hopefully I can do that tomorrow.”
FRIDAY TORONTO SCHEDULE
CENTRE COURT start 12:30 pm
K. Anderson (RSA) vs  S. Wawrinka (SUI)
G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs  K. Nishikori (JPN)
Not Before 6:30 pm
 N. Djokovic (SRB) vs  T. Berdych (CZE)
 M. Raonic (CAN) vs  G. Monfils (FRA)
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