Robredo ends Djokovic bid for elusive Cincinnati title

Thu Aug 14, 2014 5:57pm EDT
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(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 his career.

It was also another setback in the Serb's buildup to U.S. Open later this month after falling to Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the third round of the Rogers Cup 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 here.

"Hopefully it's going to be different in New York."   Continued...

Aug 14, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Novak Djokovic returns the ball from Tommy Robredo on day four of the Western and Southern Open tennis tournament at Linder Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports