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Serena Williams wins, Novak Djokovic upset

Venus WilliamsJo-Wilfried TsongaFeliciano LopezKevin Anderson (tennis)Ekaterina MakarovaNovak DjokovicAndy Murray
Serena Williams to face Caroline Wozniacki in quarterfinals of Rogers Cup
Roger Federer avoids upset against Marin Cilic at Rogers Cup

Serena Williams advanced to the Rogers Cup quarterfinals Thursday at Montreal, waiting out a brief rain delay to beat Lucie Safarova, 7-5, 6-4.

On Friday, Williams will play Caroline Wozniacki, a 6-1, 6-0 winner over American qualifier Shelby Rogers.

In other matches, Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro upset fourth-seeded Maria Sharapova, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, in a match delayed twice by rain, and Russia's Ekaterina Makarova topped second-seeded Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, 6-4, 1-6, 6-2.

The 25-year-old Suarez Navarro won the Portugal Open in May for her first WTA Tour title. She'll face Venus Williams in the quarterfinals. Williams beat Angelique Kerber, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

Makarova will play qualifier Coco Vandeweghe, a 7-6 (8), 2-6, 7-5 winner over seventh-seeded Jelena Jonkovic.

Also, eighth-seeded Victoria Azarenka beat Heather Watson, 6-2, 6-4.

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Top-ranked Novak Djokovic was upset by 13th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Rogers Cup at Toronto, falling 6-2, 6-2 in only 63 minutes in the third round.

Djokovic came in with 11 straight wins over Tsonga but was nowhere near adding a 12th.

“Just nothing was going,” Djokovic said. “No baseline, no serve, no return. So just generally very bad day, very poor performance.”

Second-seeded Roger Federer avoided an upset, beating Marin Cilic, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-4.

Tsonga will play eighth-seeded Andy Murray in the quarterfinals. Murray advanced when third-round opponent Richard Gasquet withdrew because of an abdominal strain.

Djokovic's loss was the second big upset of the day. Third-seeded Stan Wawrinka lost, 7-6 (8), 7-5, to Kevin Anderson. Anderson will play Grigor Dimitrov, a 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 winner over Tommy Robredo.

David Ferrer was pushed to three sets in a 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Ivan Dodig. Canada's Milos Raonic also advanced, beating Julien Benneteau of France, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.

Raonic will play Feliciano Lopez in the quarterfinals. Lopez beat Tomas Berdych, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

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Venus WilliamsJo-Wilfried TsongaFeliciano LopezKevin Anderson (tennis)Ekaterina MakarovaNovak DjokovicAndy Murray
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