Djokovic edges closer to a 4th title

Updated: October 3, 2012

Novak Djokovic continued his quest to regain the no.1 spot in the world rankings with an 11th consecutive win in the China Open over Carlos Berlocq 6-1,6-3, to ease into the quarterfinals.

The top seed will play Austrian Jurgen Melzer in the next round. Melzer knocked out sixth seed Alexandr Dolgopolov in three sets.

Djokovic’s main challenger for the title, third seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, enjoyed an easy passage when his opponent Nikolay Davydenko pulled out ahead of their match citing an injury.

In the ladies draw, Sharapova eased through to the next round beating Romania’s Sorana Cirstea, ranked 29th, 6-2, 6-2.

There was a shock in the last 16 when the 69th-ranked Romina Oprandi of Switzerland beat former world No 1 Ana Ivanovic in straight sets to progress to the quarterfinals with a 6-4,6-3, win.

Ivanovic’s compatriot Jelena Jankovic was also knocked out, losing to Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro 7-5, 6-4.

Navarro will play France’s Marion Bartoli in the quarterfinals after the ninth seed overcame Julia Goerges of Germany 6-3, 7-6 (7/2).

In the Japan Open from Tokyo, Defending champion Andy Murray advanced to the quarterfinals by beating Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 6-1, 6-2.

Seventh-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland also advanced to the quarterfinals, beating Jeremy Chardy of France 7-6 (1), 6-7 (6), 7-5, he will now take on Murray in the quarters.

Janko Tipsarevic came from behind to beat Gilles Simon of France 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the first round, and fourth-seeded Juan Monaco of Argentina defeated Bulgarian qualifier Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-1.