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Djokovic storms into quarters

WORLD No. 3 Novak Djokovic whitewashed hapless Czech Jan Hernych 6-0, 6-0 on Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the Swiss Indoors.

Djokovic, attempting to win his fourth ATP tournament of the season, was almost apologetic after needing only 52 minutes to dispatch the world No. 59.

"It's hard to talk about a 6-0, 6-0 result," said Djokovic. "The win is what counts. He didn't play very well today, actually, he made a lot of unforced errors and didn't put any pressure on me so I just kind of cruised through the match. I think I'm in quite good shape. I feel physically and mentally quite good on the court. I didn't play perfect tennis today; I needed his unforced errors as well. I think his level of performance was very low today."

Djokovic's quarterfinal opponent will be Switzerland's No. 2 Stanislas Wawrinka who had a much tougher time to beat Finland's Jarkko Nieminen 7-5, 2-6, 6-1.

In the day's most dramatic match, fourth seed Marin Cilic saved three match points in the third set tiebreak before defeating Viktor Troicki 7-6, 6-7, 7-6 in just over three hours.

Frenchman Richard Gasquet also saved two match points in the second-set tiebreak before rallying to edge American John Isner 4-6, 7-6, 6-2.

Swiss wildcard Marco Chiudinelli reached the second ATP quarterfinal of his career after he defeated compatriot and qualifier Michael Lammer 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.

In Spain, top-seeded Andy Murray reached the Valencia Open quarterfinals where a showdown with defending champion David Ferrer was averted when the Spaniard withdrew injured on Thursday.


Murray, making his return from a wrist injury, came through a testing two-hour match with Leonardo Mayer of Argentina, losing his serve twice but winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

He'll face Albert Montanes of Spain, who was the beneficiary of the withdrawal of eighth-seeded countryman Ferrer.

Ferrer said he hurt his right hamstring during his first-round rematch with compatriot Nicolas Almagro, whom he beat in last year's final.

Ferrer said the medical team told him to rest for two weeks, which will mean missing the Paris Masters next week.

Second-seeded Nikolay Davydenko, on course to qualify for this month's ATP Tour finals in London, beat Juan Monaco of Argentina 6-3, 7-5, and fourth-seeded Fernando Verdasco of Spain, the 2004 Valencia champ, dispatched Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia 6-3, 6-3.

Verdasco will next play seventh-seeded Tommy Robredo who outlasted Feliciano Lopez 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in an all-Spanish match. Mikhail Youzhny beat Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 and will next play fifth-seeded Gilles Simon.


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