Djoker drops Becker hint

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

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

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