Federer reaches Rogers Cup quarters

Roger Federer of Switzerland returns a backhand against Michael Llodra of France during their match...

Roger Federer of Switzerland returns a backhand against Michael Llodra of France during their match at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament in Toronto August 12, 2010. REUTERS/ Mike Cassese

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Toronto - Former top-ranked superstar Roger Federer and reigning champion Andy Murray posted third-round victories Thursday at the $2.43 million Roger Cup, an ATP Masters event.

The third-seeded Federer got past tough French lefthander Michael Llodra 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 on the hardcourts at Rexall Centre. The 16-time major champ moved on in 79 minutes.

Federer captured this Canadian Masters event in 2004 and 2006 and was the runner-up in 2007.

Up next for Federer will be Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych, who has beaten the super Swiss in their last two meetings, including a quarterfinal one at the All England Club last month.

A fourth-seeded Murray had a hiccup in the second set on Day 4 en route to a 6-2, 0-6, 6-3 victory over 15th-seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils. The Scotsman broke Monfils to end the match, which lasted just over two hours.

Murray, the Australian Open runner-up to Federer back in January, beat Argentine star Juan Martin del Potro in last year's Rogers Cup finale in Montreal, as this event shifts between Montreal and Toronto each year.

The two-time major runner-up Murray should have his hands full with red-hot Argentine David Nalbandian here in Friday's quarters.

Frenchman Jeremy Chardy posted an upset by toppling sixth-seeded Russian Nikolay Davydenko 6-3, 6-2.

Meanwhile, Nalbandian and a seventh-seeded Berdych marched on. Nalbandian won his 11th straight match with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 upset victory over fifth-seeded French Open runner-up Robin Soderling, while Berdych held off rising Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4. The 2003 Rogers Cup runner-up Nalbandian was last week's hardcourt titlist at the U.S. Open Series event in Washington, D.C. Berdych lost to Rafael Nadal in last month's Wimbledon finale.

This week's big winner will collect $443,500.


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