By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic no longer sees winning grand slam titles or staying top of the men’s ATP rankings as a priority in his tennis career, Serbia’s world number one said on Friday. “I don’t want to think about winning titles and being the number one any more in order to avoid putting pressure on myself,” Djokovic, the winner of 12 major tournaments, told reporters. “I put too much pressure on myself after winning this year’s Roland Garros and I didn’t like it," the 29-year-old added.
SHENZHEN, China — Defending champion Tomas Berdych advanced to the quarterfinals of the Shenzhen Open by beating Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan 7-6 (7), 7-6 (4) Thursday. The top-seeded Czech is trying to reach his first final of the season. Also, Bernard Tomic defeated Ryan Harrison 6-4, 4-6, 7-5, Thomaz Bellucci beat Thomas Fabbiano 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4), and eighth-seeded Jiri Vesely eliminated Inigo Cervantes 7-6 (2), 6-3.
Carla Suarez Navarro knows a strong showing at the China Open will give her a great chance of reaching her first WTA Tour Finals. The Spaniard occupies the eighth and last qualification berth for October's showpiece tournament in Singapore. With 1000 points on offer at the WTA Premier event in Beijing, beginning on Saturday, the Spaniard cannot wait to get started as she looks to cap a career-best year which saw her climb as high as sixth in the rankings.