Djokovic rallies to reach quarters

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Novak Djokovic, from Serbia, celebrates his victory over Denis Istomin, from Uzbekistan, during third-round play at the Rogers Cup men’s tennis tournament on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, in Montreal. Djokovic won 2-6, 6-4, 6-4. AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson

MONTREAL – Novak Djokovic dropped the opening set but recovered quickly to earn a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over Denis Istomin to reach the quarter-finals of the Montreal Masters on Thursday.

The top seed was ambushed by two breaks in the opening set by the Uzbek player. Djokovic, winner of the last two editions in Canada, notched his 12th straight victory at the tournament.

He is bidding for a fourth career trophy here after also winning in 2007. He plays on Friday against French seventh seed Richard Gasquet, who beat Japan’s Kei Nishikori 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.

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