CINCINNATI: Tommy Robredo shocked world number one Novak Djokovic on Thursday (Friday in Manila) at the Cincinnati Masters, but Roger Federer avoided an upset again Frenchman Gael Monfils.
Spain’s Robredo, seeded 16th in the US Open tune-up, sent top-seeded Djokovic packing 7-6 (6), 7-5, the defeat coming a week after the world number one Serb was beaten in the third round at Toronto.
The Wimbledon champion now goes into the US Open, the final Grand Slam of the year which starts on August 25, well short of matches and confidence.
Second-seeded Federer, a five-time Cincinnati champion, held off Monfils 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
He booked a tough quarterfinal against eighth-seeded Scot Andy Murray, who battled more than two hours against the huge serve of John Isner, finally dispatching the American 6-7 (3), 6-4, 7-6 (2).
Federer had a rare show of temper late in the match, arguing with the chair umpire over a decision not to call on electronic line calling on a particular point.