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Djokovic beats Cilic, Berdych gets past Karlovic to reach Rogers Cup quarterfinals
MONTREAL (AP) ' Novak Djokovic kept up his strong play this season, beating Marin Cilic 7-5, 6-3 on Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup.
The top-seeded Serb, in his second match since taking over the No. 1 ranking, broke the lanky Cilic's heavy serve twice in the second set to improve to 50-1 this year ' including 26-0 on hard courts.
The 24-year-old Djokovic, seeking his ninth tournament win of the season, will face the winner of a later match between 12th-seeded Viktor Troicki of Serbia and fifth-seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils.
Seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych also advanced with a 6-3, 7-6 (2) victory over Ivo Karlovic of Croatia in a matchup of hard-serving players. The 6-foot-5 Berdych evened his career mark against the 6-foot-10 Karlovic at 2-2, but it was their first meeting in three years.
"It's totally different than three years ago and I'm sure it's the same for him," Berdych said. "Today I was more focused and patient. I got a chance in the first set and made it and the same in the second during the tiebreak.
"Him and John Isner are the ones who really make bomb serves. That's his main weapon and then he likes to come to the net where he plays well because he's tall."
It is the second year in a row and the third time overall that Berdych has reached the Rogers Cup quarters. He has never made the semifinals.
The 25-year-old will play the winner of a match between Ivan Dodig and Janko Tipsarovic. Dodig upset Rafael Nadal on Wednesday, but Berdych doesn't see the Spanish star's elimination giving him an easier path to the semis.
"It's one thing that Nadal lost but (Dodig) must have played really well," he said. "You can't expect that only the top-seeded guys are going to the semifinals and final. It doesn't change anything for me. I still have to stay focused, whoever it is."