Federer beats Wawrinka, in last eight

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ON A ROLL: Sybille Bammer cashed in on the numerous unforced errors by Serena Williams to enter the quarterfinals.
ON A ROLL: Sybille Bammer cashed in on the numerous unforced errors by Serena Williams to enter the quarterfinals.

Sybille Bammer beats Serena Williams, moves into the quarterfinals

MONTREAL: Roger Federer beat Olympic doubles partner Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3, 7-6 at the Montreal Masters on Thursday, ensuring the world’s top eight players will compete in the quarterfinals of an ATP event for the first time.

Of all the tournaments staged since ATP rankings began in 1973, Montreal marks the first that the world’s top eight have fought their way to the quarterfinals of the same event.

Friday’s high quality line-up will include players from eight different countries, four past champions and four Grand Slam winners. Among them, only American World No. 5 Andy Roddick has not claimed multiple titles this season.

Joining Federer and Roddick are World No. 2 Rafael Nadal of Spain, Briton Andy Murray (3), Serbia’s Novak Djokovic (4), Argentina’s Juan Martin Del Potro (6), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France (7) and Russian Nikolay Davydenko (8).

Big-hitting Tsonga stands in the way of a semifinal berth for Federer, the Frenchman advancing with a 6-3, 6-3 win over compatriot Giles Simon.

Defending champion Nadal gave his knees a proper work-out in an energetic 6-3, 6-2 win over Germany’s Philipp Petzschner, and showed his delight with a buoyant post-game dance around centre court amid wild applause from fans.

At the Cincinnati Open, Kim Clijsters’s brilliant comeback continued with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 win over French Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova on Thursday, but the Williams sisters both fell at the third round hurdle.

Second seed Serena, struggling with a virus, lost 7-5, 6-4 to Austria’s Sybille Bammer while in-form Italian Flavia Pennetta ended the hopes of third seed Venus with a 7-6(2), 6-4 victory.

Former World No. 1 Clijsters, unseeded here in her first tournament after a two-year break, won an enthralling encounter with Russian Kuznetsova.

At Montreal (ATP Rogers Cup): Third round: Roger Federer bt Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3, 7-6(5); Jo-Wilfried Tsonga bt Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-3; Rafael Nadal bt Philipp Petzschner 6-3, 6-2; Nikolay Davydenko bt Fernando Gonzalez 7-6(2), 7-5; Andy Roddick bt Fernando Verdasco 7-6(2), 4-6, 7-6(5); Andy Murray bt Juan Carlos Ferrero 6-1, 6-3; Juan Martin del Potro bt Victor Hanescu 3-6, 6-3, 6-4; Novak Djokovic bt Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-4.

At Cincinnati (Western & Southern Financial Group Open): Third round: Flavia Pennetta bt Venus Williams 7-6(2), 6-4; Kim Clijsters bt Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 4-6, 6-2; Daniela Hantuchova bt Vera Zvonareva 7-6(6), 0-6, 7-6(5); Caroline Wozniacki bt Melinda Czink 3-0 (retd.); Elena Dementieva bt Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 6-4; Sybille Bammer bt Serena Williams 7-5, 6-4; Dinara Safina bt Peng Shaui 6-3, 6-4; Jelena Jankovic bt Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 7-6(4). — Agencies

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