Canas, Simon, Berlocq advance to Croatia Open quarterfinals
UMAG, Croatia -- Top-seeded Novak Djokovic lost to qualifier Viktor Troicki 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 in an all-Serbian second-round match at the Croatia Open on Wednesday.
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Until this week, Troicki hadn't won an ATP match this year. The 176th-ranked player pulled off the biggest win of his career in his first meeting with No. 3 Djokovic, a three-time tour winner this season and a semifinalist at Wimbledon and the French Open.
Djokovic, also a finalist in this tournament last year, had a chance of squeezing out a victory in the third set when Troicki missed a match point at 5-1. Djokovic got even at 5 but couldn't hold the momentum.
Djokovic retired with a finger blister in the semifinals at Wimbledon and earned his 100th singles victory in the first round at Umag.
In the quarterfinals, Troicki will face Carlos Berlocq, who defeated Victor Hanescu of Romania 6-7 (13), 6-4, 6-2.
Fifth-seeded Canas, making his first appearance in Umag since he won in 2004, spent nearly two hours patrolling the baseline. He broke Ramirez Hidalgo six times but lost three times on his serve.
The key moment was the seventh game of the second set when Canas used the sixth break point to get to 4-3. Ramirez Hidalgo didn't win another game.
In the quarterfinals, Canas will meet Gilles Simon of France, who beat Marin Cilic of Croatia 7-5, 2-6, 6-3.
Cilic was the only remaining Croat in the draw after world No. 12 Ivan Ljubicic was eliminated in the first round.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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