Andy Murray moved into the quarterfinals of the Stockholm Open, beating Djokovic in the third round for the first time in his career. While the rest of the men’s draw was mired in dismal play, Murray and Novak Djokovic stayed competitive until the fourth set, when Murray prevailed 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Murray’s victory extended his successful year. He entered the tournament in fifth place in ATP rankings, and recorded his 16th victory on tour so far this year, also winning the final of the Delray Beach Open. He will face Gilles Muller of Luxembourg, who defeated another former No. 1, Marin Cilic, in straight sets.
Following Djokovic’s defeat, four-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer moved into the quarterfinals in Stockholm, beating Mischa Zverev of Germany 6-4, 6-4. Playing at the ATP World Tour Finals in London last month, Federer fell to British No. 1 and nemesis, Kyle Edmund, in the third round, and could be seen sobbing on court afterward.
Richard Gasquet of France, a former semi-finalist in the Stockholm Open, has also impressed this year. He has finished the past six seasons in the Top 10 of the ATP rankings, including coming in third in 2016. He meets former No. 1 Andy Roddick of the United States in the quarterfinals of the Stockholm Open.
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