Djokovic, Sharapova Advance


World No. 1 Novak Djokovic needed to rebound from losing the first set to stop Radek Stepanek 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 under a closed roof.

“I was a little bit surprised, when I saw sunshine, that the roof is closed,” Djokovic said. “Obviously, they’re relying on a forecast that I don’t think is very reliable here.”

“But being aware of his qualities and experience, I wasn’t too surprised with the way he played in important moments,” said Djokovic of his opponent  He was mentally very composed.

“You know, he was out there to win a match.  I was a set down, but managed to make the crucial break in the opening game of the second set, and then I thought I played really well.”

Djokovic’s victory sets up a fourth round match against his fellow Serb Viktor Troicki.

Others moving into the round of Denis Istomin, No. 18 Richard Gasquet, No. 26 Mikhail Youzhny, No. 31 Florian Mayer. Sam Querrey ended his match delayed due to darkness defeating No. 21 Milos Raonic of Canada 6-7 (3), 7-6 (7), 7-6 (8), 6-4.

No. 1 Maria Sharapova led the women to the round of 16 with a straight sets win over Hsieh Su-Wei 6-1, 6-4.

Other seeded women advancing were No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 8 Angelique Kerber and No. 15 Sabine Lisicki. Kim Clijsters advanced when No. 12 Vera Zvonareva with a respiratory infection. The upset of the day on the women’s side came when 145th-ranked qualifier Camila Giorgi of Italy defeated No. 20 Nadia Petrova of Russia 6-3, 7-6 (6).