[August 15, 2014](Reuters) - Spain's Tommy Robredo
shocked world number one Novak Djokovic 7-6(6) 7-5 on Thursday to move
into the quarter-finals of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati.
For the 16th seeded Robredo the victory was his first over
Djokovic since their first meeting in 2005, the Serb sweeping their
next six meetings.
The loss brought a temporary halt to Djokovic's bid to become the
first player to win all nine ATP World Tour Masters events during
It was also another setback in the Serb's buildup to the U.S. Open
later this month after falling to Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in
the third round last week in Toronto.
"Many, many, many things are not clicking these two weeks on hard
courts," said Djokovic.
"It's unfortunate but it's more than obvious I'm not playing even
close to what I'm supposed to play.
"I have to keep on working and trying to get better for U.S. Open.
"I just don't feel comfortable.
"It's disappointing that I'm finishing Cincinnati again with a tough
loss but it's sport. I didn't play well in Toronto; didn't play well
"Hopefully it's going to be different in New York."
While Djokovic has hoisted the Canada trophy three times he has not
felt the same comfort level on the Ohio hard courts, reaching the
finals four times in 10 visits to Cincinnati and losing all four.
The Serb appeared out of his normal rhythm, particularly in the
second set when he failed to gain even a single break chance.
Robredo managed three break opportunities and only needed to
capitalise on one to secure the upset.
"When I finish my career and when I will be sitting at home and
talking with friends, I will remember days like this," Robredo said.
The win marked his second win over a world number one for the
32-year-old Robredo, who also beat Lleyton Hewitt in 2003.
Former world number one Roger Federer avoided tasting an upset of
his own as he held off Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-4 4-6 6-3.
A five-time winner at Cincinnati, Federer will now face Andy Murray
in the quarter-finals after the Briton had to overcome a stern test
against American John Isner.
Third seeded Swiss Stan Wawrinka rallied past 14th seed Marin Cilic
3-6 6-0 6-1 to book his place in the last eight.
The Australian Open champion got off to a sluggish start losing the
opening set to the big-hitting Croatian but then could do little
wrong, blazing through the next two sets dropping just a single game
along the way.