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Friday 15 December 2017

Novak Djokovic takes an hour to brush aside Golubev

World number one tennis player Novak Djokovic
World number one tennis player Novak Djokovic

NOVAK DJOKOVIC took just 61 minutes to brush aside Andrey Golubev and reach the quarter-finals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

Djokovic, a four-time winner of the tournament, did not offer his opponent any chance to break and completed his 6-1 6-2 win in just over an hour.

He will now face Turkish qualifier Marsel Ilhan, who shocked sixth seed Feliciano Lopez with a 3-6 7-5 6-3 win on Court Three.

Third seed Andy Murray took even less time to book his place in the last eight with a comprehensive win over Portuguese world number 50 Joao Sousa.

The Scot opened up proceedings on Centre Court and took just 57 minutes to beat Sousa 6-0 6-2 and set up a last-eight meeting with Croatian teenager Borna Coric, who progressed after Marcos Baghdatis retired with cramp in a final set tie-break after almost three hours on court.

Murray remains on course for a semi-final clash against Roger Federer after the Swiss overcame a tricky tie against Fernando Verdasco in straight sets. Federer progressed to a quarter-final meeting against Richard Gasquet thanks to a 6-4 6-3 win over Spain's Verdasco.

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