Grief-stricken Djokovic reaches last 8

Novak Djokovic played just hours after learning about the death of his grandfather and coped with his grief to beat Alexandr Dolgopolov 2-6 6-1 6-4 and reach the Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinals

Written by Associated Press | Published: April 20, 2012 3:22 am

Novak Djokovic played just hours after learning about the death of his grandfather and coped with his grief to beat Alexandr Dolgopolov 2-6 6-1 6-4 and reach the Monte Carlo Masters quarterfinals on Thursday. After clinching victory on his first match point,the top-ranked Djokovic crouched over with his hands on his knees as Dolgopolov applauded him at the net. Djokovic did not attend the usual post-match news conference,with the ATP saying he was too distressed.

Earlier,Andy Murray advanced to the last eight after Julien Benneteau injured his ankle and retired near the end of a hard-fought first set with the score 6-5. Murray next plays Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic,who beat No. 12 Kei Nishikori of Japan 2-6 6-2 6-4.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France also advanced to the last eight by beating Fernando Verdasco of Spain 7-6 (7) 6-2 and next plays Gilles Simon,who beat Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia 6-0 4-6 6-1.

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