Toronto, ON – Top-seeded Novak Djokovic was a straight-set third-round winner Friday at the $2.649 million Rogers Cup tennis event.
The former world No. 1 Serbian star Djokovic handled American Sam Querrey in 75 minutes, 6-4, 6-4, following a rain delay on the hardcourts at Toronto's Rexall Centre. Querrey titled in Los Angeles two weeks ago.
The reigning Australian Open and U.S. Open champion Djokovic is a two-time Rogers Cup titlist, including a victory over American Mardy Fish in last year's finale in Montreal, as this event shifts between Montreal and Toronto each year.
In some other third-round play on Friday, 14th-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet ousted fourth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-2, fifth-seeded Serb Janko Tipsarevic downed 10th-seeded Croat Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-4, and an 11th- seeded Fish overcame seventh-seeded Argentine Juan Monaco 2-6, 6-1, 6-4. Gasquet was the 2006 runner-up here in Toronto.
Fish and Gasquet will meet in a quarterfinal on Friday.
This sixth of nine ATP Masters events will pay its newest champion $522,550.