Djokovic Looks For Answers After Miami Open Defeat

Djokovic Looks For Answers After Miami Open Defeat
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Six-time champion Novak Djokovic “ran out of gas” in a straight sets loss to Benoit Paire, while the red-hot Juan Martin Del Potro won his opening match at the ATP Miami Masters on Friday.

It was another setback for the Serbian star Djokovic as he bids to return from the elbow injury that sidelined him for six months and finally saw him have “minor” surgical intervention after a disappointing Australian Open.

“I’m trying, but it’s not working,” said Djokovic, who lost his opener 6-3, 6-4. “That’s all it is. I mean, obviously, I’m not feeling great when I’m playing this way.”

“Of course I want to be able to play as well as I want to play. Just, it’s impossible at the moment. That’s all.”

While Djokovic is struggling, world number six Del Potro is headed in the opposite direction. The 29-year-old Argentine showed why he is the hottest player on the ATP Tour right now with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 win over Robin Haase in his second round match.

Paire broke Djokovic at love to seal the win, Djokovic dumping a backhand into the net on the Frenchman’s first match point.

“I felt I started the match well, first six games,” Djokovic said. “Then I just ran out of gas. He was serving well. I just wasn’t able to break him down. He was just coming up with the good shots at the right time. It happened very fast.”

Djokovic had also lost his opening match at the Indian Wells Masters last week. But he was encouraged in Miami this week to find himself playing without pain for the first time “in years.”

He said a lack of match fitness was “one of the things” preventing him from gaining any steam in his bid to return to his top form.

But he said that in attempting to play through injury for so long, “I compromised my game and the movement and everything … I’m trying to figure things out.

“I wanted to come to Indian Wells and Miami because I wanted to see whether I can play a match,” he said. “I love playing on the hard court. I wanted to get a couple of tournaments before the clay court season starts.

“I obviously wasn’t ready for that.”

Although he had planned for the two Stateside hardcourt tournaments to be a precursor to a full clay court season, Djokovic sounded unsure after the defeat.

“That was the plan,” he said when asked if he felt ready to head into the Monte Carlo Masters Aril 14-22. “But let’s see what happens.”

– Del Potro notches another win –

Former US Open winner Del Potro extended his win streak to 12 straight matches as he seeks his third straight ATP title after winning back-to-back in Acapulco and Indian Wells.

Del Potro blasted five aces and won 79 percent of his first-serve points in the two hour and nine-minute match.

Del Potro moves on to the third round where he will battle 26th seeded Kei Nishikori who needed three sets to eliminate Aussie qualifier John Millman 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 6-3

In other matches on Friday, second seed Marin Cilic, of Croatia, eased past Pierre-Hugues Herbert, of France, 7-5, 6-3; Canada’s Milos Raonic rolled over Swede Mikael Ymer 6-3, 6-3; third-seeded Grigor Dimitrov defeated Maximilian Marterer 4-6, 6-2, 6-1; and South Korea’s Chung Hyeon toppled unseeded Matthew Ebden 6-3, 7-5.

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Federer Defeats Nadal To Claim Miami Open Title

Roger Federer,Roger Federer overpowered long-term rival, Rafael Nadal to win the Miami Open on Sunday evening for the third time.

The Swiss built on January’s Australian Open victory, as well as his Indian Wells success with a convincing 6-3 6-4 win over the Spaniard.

A fourth straight win over Nadal, his longest winning streak in their 13-year professional rivalry, has also made Federer the oldest winner of the Miami Open.

This means that the 35-year-old has won 19 matches this season, being defeated once so far.

He earlier won a thrilling three-hour contest against Nick Kyrgios to book a place in the finals.

Federer To Face Nadal In Miami Open Final

Federer To Face Nadal In Miami Open Final
Roger Federer

Roger Federer won a thrilling three-hour contest against Nick Kyrgios to get to the finals, against Rafael Nadal at the Miami Open.

The Swiss triumphed 7-6 6-7 7-6 to take his 2017 record to 18 wins and one defeat.

Federer will take on Nadal for the 37th time on Sunday, and the second final this year after beating the Spaniard at January’s Australian Open.

Serena Williams Pulls Out Of Indian Wells Event

Australian Open: Serena Defeats Strycova To Reach Quarter-FinalsWorld number one, Serena Williams, has withdrawn from the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and the Miami Open, due to a left knee injury.

Serena will now relinquish the world number one tennis ranking to German, Angelique Kerber.

The two-time champion at the showpiece event at the California desert resort, had returned to the women’s top ranking in January after claiming a record 23rd grand slam singles title in the professional era at the Australian Open.

The 35 year old had needed to reach the Indian Wells semi-finals for a chance to retain her number one ranking.

Djokovic Proceeds To Miami Open Semi-Final

Miami Open- Novak DjokovicWorld’s number one tennis player, Novak Djokovic, has progressed to the semi-finals of the Miami Open in Florida after defeating Tomas Berdych.

Djokovic rolled into the semi-final phase of the competition with a 6-3 6-3 romp over Berdych as he continued his pursuit of a fifth title in six years on key Biscayne.

Berdych was coming off a marathon win against Richard Gasquet on Tuesday and did not have enough left to challenge Djokovic.

He won just six of his 23 second service points and was broken four times.

Djokovic has now recorded 26 victories with just one defeat this year.

He had beaten powerful Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-3 6-4 to advance to the quarter-finals at the Miami Open.

Miami Open: Djokovic, Nishikori Advance To Quarter-Final

novak-djokovic-Miami Open- NishikoriTop-seeded world number one, Novak Djokovic has beaten powerful Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-3 6-4 to advance to the quarter-final at the Miami Open in Florida.

Djokovic needed four match points before finally prevailing against the world number 14.

Next up for the Serb is a quarter-final against Czech’s Tomas Berdych, who beat Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-4 3-6 7-5 in an endurance.

Japan’s Kei Nishikori also advanced to the last eight following a 6-2 6-4 defeat of Spain’s Robert Bautista.

Sixth seed Nishikori used his strong backhand to punish Bautista for any tactical errors.

He took just under an hour and a half to beat the Spaniard and would face Gael Monfils in the quarter-finals on Thursday.