Djoker drops Becker hint
against France’s Pouille as, like Djokovic, he raced into the last-eight without dropping a set.
Separately Australia’s Kyrgios received a US$16,500 (RM69,300) fine after his extraordinary 6-3, 6-1 defeat to 110th-ranked Mischa Zverev where he tanked points and argued with fans.
The combustible world number 14 received the maximum US$10,000 (RM42,000) fine for “lack of best efforts”, plus US$5,000 (RM21,000) for abusing a spectator and another US$1,500 (RM6,300) for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Trouble-prone Kyrgios, 21, patted a slow serve into his opponent’s court and failed to contest several points in his second-round defeat on Wednesday.
Kyrgios also clashed with the chair umpire and fans, received a code violation for swearing and had a heated argument with one spectator when he was facing match points.
In further action, America’s Jack Sock beat Milos Raonic 0-6, 6-4, 7-6 (10/8), ending a run of eight straight defeats to the Canadian fifth seed.
Last year’s finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga ousted racquet-smashing teenager Alexander Zverev 6-7 (4/7), 6-2, 7-5 to set up a last-eight clash with Roberto Bautista.
Alexander’s 110th-ranked elder brother, Mischa, also beat Marcel Granollers 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-1 to earn a meeting with Djokovic.
France’s Gilles Simon stunned US Open champion Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 6-4. He will play Sock in the quarterfinals today.
Twelfth-ranked David Goffin beat Gael Monfils 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 for his first win against the Frenchman and a quarterfinal match-up with the in-form Murray. – AFP