© Srdjan Stevanovic
World No.3 Novak Djokovic made a strong finish in his second round match against Janko Tipsarevic with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 win.
Djokovic wasn’t able to convert five break point opportunities and was broken once by his fellow Serbian and sent the match to a deciding set. Serbia’s top player upped his game, dropping just four points on his first serve in the third set and capitalised on three of six break points to close out the victory in 2 hours.
21-year old Djokovic improves to 31-10 this season, where he has already reached 3 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 finals which included Miami (l. to Murray), Monte Carlo (l. to Nadal) and Rome (l. to Nadal). In February, Djokovic won his 12th ATP World Tour title in Dubai defeating Spainard David Ferrer in the final.
Djokovic faces another Serbian, Viktor Troicki, who advanced to his third ATP World Tour quarter final, with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Marcel Granollers. Troicki has beaten Djokovic once before, prevailing 7-5 in the third set at 2007 Umag.
Troicki is enjoying his best results in 2009 with a quarter final in Auckland (l. to del Potro) and the semi-finals in Zagreb (l. to Cilic). The right-hander who won his first clay court match in Rome, improves to a 14-11 record this year.