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Djokovic earns quarter-final spot in Qatar

It took Djokovic two hours to dispatch the Hungarian and book his place in the quarter-finals, where he will face Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia.

The fifth-seeded Basilashvili earned his spot in the quarters by beating Andrey Rublev 6-3 6-4.

Unseeded Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland continued his march into the quarters with a win over Nicolas Jarry of Chile.

Wawrinka, still on the comeback from a 2017 knee injury, won 6-4 7-6 (3).

Also into the quarter-finals after Wednesday action was Czech Tomas Berdych, who knocked off eighth-seed Fernando Verdasco of Spain in three sets 4-6 6-3 7-5.

Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France also took three sets to beat Maximilian Marterer of Germany 6-3 6-7 (6) 7-6 (6).

Marco Cecchinato of Italy was with some luck as his opponent, Argentinian Guido Pella, retired.

Earlier in the day at the Brisbane International, former world number one Andy Murray, currently ranked 240th as he battles back from hip injuries, went out during second-round action.

In the Australian city of Brisbane, Murray lost to Daniil Medvedev 5-7 2-6.

The Russian hit 16 aces to earn his place in the quarter-finals against Canadian Milos Raonic on Friday.

Second-seeded Rafael Nadal withdrew from his scheduled second round match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after having an MRI exam on a muscle strain in his left thigh.

“Doctors say that it’s a very small thing, but can become a big thing,’’ Nadal said during a news conference.

“When you increase the intensity on the muscle competing, then there is a big risk to make something bigger.’’

The British men suffered another blow earlier when fifth-seeded Kyle Edmund fell in straight sets to qualifier Yasutaka Uchiyama of Japan 6-7 (6) 4-6.

Number two seed Kei Nishikori of Japan, sixth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria and seventh-seeded Alex de Minaur of Australia all cruised to wins and secured their places in the quarter-finals.

Unseeded Jeremy Chardy of France defeated eighth-seed Nick Kyrgios of Australia 6-7 (5) 6-2 6-3 to make the quarters.

Top seed Kevin Anderson had to work extra hard to secure his second-round win over Serbian Laslo Dere in Pure, India.

Dere pushed Anderson to a tie-breaker in both sets, before the South African finally won 7-6 (3) 7-6 (6).

It was no picnic for other top seeds, including number three seed Gilles Simon of France.

Simon roared back after a first set loss to Ilya Ivashka of Belarus to win 6-7 (3) 6-2 6-1.

Number four seed Malek Jaziri of Tunisia had to earn his quarter-finals spot in three sets with a win over Ramkumar Ramanathan of India 6-7 (6) 7-6 (5) 6-3.(Reuters/NAN)

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