TORONTO — Britain's Andy Murray eliminated defending champion Novak Djokovic from the Rogers Cup with a 6-3, 7-6 (3) win in quarterfinal action on Friday night.

Murray dominated Djokovic in the first set and held him off in the second, when Djokovic tried to come back.

Murray, who had never beaten the 21-year-old Serb in four career meetings, moved beautifully, chasing down loose balls and making difficult shot after difficult shot.

Djokovic, for his part, committed 36 unforced errors to Murray's 19, with 20 of those coming off his forehand.

"In general, I was not really happy with my performance," Djokovic said.

Murray will play either second seed Rafael Nadal or 10th-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet. They played later Friday.

Meanwhile, seventh-seeded James Blake became the latest big-name player to lose at the Rogers Cup when he was routed 6-1, 6-2 by Nicolas Kiefer of Germany. Kiefer, ranked 37th in the world, will play Gilles Simon.

Kiefer and Simon are the unlikely victors in a bracket that featured Roger Federer, Nikolay Davydenko, Andy Roddick and Blake.

"I mean, I didn't even know what's happening," said Simon, the 22nd-ranked Frenchman who defeated Croatia's Marin Cilic 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 on Friday. "I'm just so confident, I want to win every match, even if I'm tired. I know I'm playing very good at the moment."

Kiefer dispatched Blake 6-1, 6-2. He said the win wasn't quite as straight-forward as it looked.

"It wasn't easy," he said. "Maybe it looks easy, but I also have to play (at a) very high level."

Kiefer hasn't won an ATP tournament since 2000 in Hong Kong. But Simon wisely isn't taking anything for granted.

"I just hope that we are going to play a great match with a great fight," Simon said.

SLOVENIA OPEN: At Portoroz, eight-seeded Sara Errani eliminated No. 1 Maria Kirilenko 6-1, 7-5 on Friday, winning her eighth straight match to reach the semifinals at the Slovenia Open. Errani, who won last week's WTA Tour event in Palermo, Italy, next faces third-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, who beat Russia's Vera Dushevina 6-0, 6-1. The other semifinal will pit No. 4 seed Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain against 19-year-old German Julia Goerges.

Medina Garrigues converted five of 14 break chances and faced only one break point herself in beating Russian Elena Bovina 6-3, 6-2.

Goerges reached the semifinals of a WTA Tour event for the first time since Stockholm last year, beating Petra Martic of Croatia 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in a match that had 11 breaks of serve — six by Goerges — and took over two hours to complete.