Anderson Teams With Djokovic Past Defending Champs
From ATP Staff,Â www.ATPWORLDTOUR.com
Four-time Rogers Cup singles champion Novak Djokovic was upset by #NextGenATP Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas on Thursday. But the Serbian got right back out on the court with his recent Wimbledon final opponent, Kevin Anderson, and beat defending champions Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 4-6, 6-4, 10-7 to advance to the doubles quarter-finals in Toronto.
â€œIt was definitely great to finish off the day, with a win in doubles after the disappointing match for me today,â€ Djokovic said.
From 8/2 up in the Match Tie-break, Anderson and Djokovic lost six of the next seven points against the Frenchmen. But the Serbian finished off the match with a forehand winner from the forecourt.
The first-time pairing will look to continue their strong run at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event against first-year duo Nikola Mektic and Alexander Peya, who upset sixth seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares 6-4, 6-4 in 77 minutes.
There were two other upsets on the day, as Raven Klaasen and Michael Venus beat fifth seeds Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo 6-3, 5-7, 11-9. Americans Sam Querrey and Rajeev Ram also defeated eighth seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 7-5, 4-6, 10-8.
Reigning Wimbledon champions Mike Bryan and Jack Sock led the rest of the dayâ€™s winners, along with second seeds Henri Kontinen/John Peers and seventh seeds Jean-Julien Rojer/Horia Tecau.