x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Llodra bows out to Djokovic in straight sets

Novak Djokovic, the second seed, set up a mouthwatering quarter-final tie with Australian qualifier Bernard Tomic tomorrow after breezing past Michael Llodra in straight sets yesterday.

Novak Djokovic, the second seed, set up a mouthwatering quarter-final tie with Australian qualifier Bernard Tomic tomorrow after breezing past Michael Llodra in straight sets yesterday.

Two days after his wobble against Marcos Baghdatis, Djokovic looked back to his best, delivering a punishing 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 victory in a little more than 90 minutes on Court One.

The world No 2 will have to beat the impressive Tomic, who despatched Robin Soderling and Nikolay Davydenko to make the last eight, to set up a probable semi-final against Roger Federer.

"It's never easy, I cant say it was easy, I had to earn my points and played well," Djokovic told the BBC after his impressive display against 19th-seed Llodra.

"I increased my level of performance from two days ago - I served well and returned better. I'm very happy and now looking forward to the next challenge."

On playing Tomic, who has spent time training with the Serbian in the past, Djokovic said: "I have only nice words about him, it will be a great match for both of us. He's a youngster coming up with incredible talent, he's going to be a top player one day.

"He's been beating players comfortably in this tournament and should be a great match."

Britain's Andy Murray turned in a red hot performance, beating Richard Gasquet of France 7-6, 6-3, 6-2, but then admitted the scorching sun was less to his liking.

"It was very different conditions today," the fourth seed told a press conference.

"It was very quick compared with a couple days ago under the [Centre Court] roof so it took a while to get used to that.

"The French Open wasn't particularly hot and obviously the last few weeks here has been cold, too. So it was definitely a bit of a shock."

The Scott added: "There's not been anything I've been really unhappy with.

"Today, like I said, I didn't return well the first set but the serve's been good. I haven't got broken too many times.".

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