SONY ERICSSON OPEN 2012
Djokovic Records 11th Straight Win Over Troicki; Fish Cruises Past Anderson
by ATP Staff|
Two-time titlist and reigning champion Novak Djokovic defeated his friend and No. 27 seed Viktor Troicki 6-3, 6-4 on Monday for a fourth-round meeting against French No. 17 seed Richard Gasquet at the Sony Ericsson Open.
Djokovic saved seven of eight break point opportunities against Troicki for his 20th victory in Miami over 86 minutes on Stadium Court.
The World No. 1 improved to 20-4 lifetime at the Miami tournament, where he clinched titles in 2007 (d. Canas) and 2011 (d. Nadal), with his 11th straight win over fellow Serbian Troicki. He is bidding to clinch his 11th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 trophy and has a 16-2 match record this year.
Gasquet in the converted four of 13 break point opportunities against Spaniard Albert Ramos for a 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 win in two hours and 34 minutes.
Eighth seed Mardy Fish won 70 per cent of his service points to defeat No. 28 seed Kevin Anderson of South Africa 6-4, 6-3. Fish, playing in Miami for the 11th time, converted four of his five break point opportunities for victory in one hour and 35 minutes. It was only his sixth match win of the year (6-4 record).
"I like playing during the day... in the heat," said Fish, who went to sleep at 9 p.m. last night. Looking ahead to his next match, Fish added, " Almagro has been playing great this year, even on hard courts. He'll be a tough player."
Last year's semi-finalist will next meet No. 12 seed Nicolas Almagro, who beat fellow Spaniard and No. 20 seed Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-4 in 77 minutes. Fish leads Almagro 2-0 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, but the pair has not meet since 2007.