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Djokovic advances, Kyrgios exits

WORLD No. 1 Novak Djokovic, second seed Andy Murray and three-time champion Rafael Nadal were all cheered into the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Thursday while controversial Australian Nick Kyrgios exited to boos and a hefty fine.

Djokovic, also a three-time winner on the Canadian hardcourts, needed only 54 minutes to complete a 6-2, 6-1 demolition of American Jack Sock while Murray was equally economic in disposing of Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller 6-3, 6-2 in just over an hour.

Nadal, coming off a claycourt win in Hamburg, produced a snappy 6-3, 6-3 victory over Russian qualifier Mikhail Youzhny as Japanese fourth seed Kei Nishikori rolled to a 6-4, 6-4 win over 13th seed David Goffin of Belgium.

While there were plenty of cheers in be heard across the Montreal tennis complex on Thursday few were for Kyrgios who entered his match to boos and exited the same way after falling 5-7, 3-6 to big-hitting American John Isner.

The Australian had insulted Swiss opponent Stan Wawrinka on Wednesday during their second-round encounter.

Prior to the match the ATP had fined Kyrgios US$10,000, the maximum penalty available, for remarks directed at Wawrinka about his girlfriend picked up by a courtside microphone.

With Isner serving for the match there were more boos for Kyrgios who lost his cool again engaging in a heated exchange with a spectator yelling: “You’re so tough man, so tough”.

The ATP announced several hours later that it was fining the 20-year-old Australian an additional US$2,500 for another comment he made to a ball person during the same match.

“Following a review of video from the match the ATP has also issued an additional fine of US$2,500 for unsportsmanlike conduct related to a comment he made to a ball person,” the ATP said in a news release on Thursday night.

“In addition, Kyrgios has been served with a ‘notice of investigation’ which begins a process to determine if his actions also constitute a violation of the player major offense provisions.”

Following his loss to Isner, Kyrgios said that he personally apologized to Wawrinka at Uniprix Stadium and now wants to put the matter behind him but the ATP seems to have other plans.

The ATP said the probe could result in further sanctions against Kyrgios.

“Obviously he [Wawrinka] saw me in the corridor yesterday,” Kyrgios said after his loss to Isner. “He came up to me, as you know he would. I wasn’t surprised.

“I told him I was sorry. Obviously he was angry, so I just had to deal with it. Hopefully we can just put it behind. It’s all cleared now. I apologized in public and privately as well.”

Isner will play Frenchman Jeremy Chardy who overcame Ivo Karlovic 4-6, 7-6 (1), 6-4 after the Croatian had passed the 10,000-ace career mark during his win in the previous round.

Djokovic next faces Ernests Gulbis, who beat Donald Young 6-4, 6-4.


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