SONY OPEN TENNIS
Djokovic Sets Haas Clash; Ferrer, Nishikori Advance
Two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic set a fourth-round clash with Tommy Haas at the Sony Open Tennis on Sunday, after defeating Somdev Devvarman 6-2, 6-4 on Stadium Court in Miami.
Battling windy conditions, World No. 1 Djokovic took 28 of his 31 first serve points and faced just one break point in the 68-minute victory. He and Devvarman were facing off for the first time.
“It was very difficult to kind of get into a rhythm because you couldn't really serve at 100 percent and you had to go more for precision and put twice as much effort into the step adjustments because of the windy conditions,” said Djokovic. “All in all, I'm just happy to get through the rough day.”
In the round of 16, Djokovic will seek his 15th straight win at Crandon Park when he plays 34-year-old Haas. The Serb has won four of their six previous meetings.
“He's very talented and he's probably one of the most experienced active players in the world now,” Djokovic said. “He can play equally well on any surface. Today [with] windy conditions, I watched his match. He played terrific and so, you can always expect Tommy to fight and try his best.”
The 15th-seeded Haas moved through to the fourth round for the first time since 2001, dismissing 19th seed Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 6-2 in 77 minutes. The German hit 13 aces and saved seven of the eight break points against his serve.
World No. 5 David Ferrer defeated No. 32 seed Fabio Fognini 6-1, 7-5 on Sunday to reach the fourth round of the Sony Open Tennis in Miami.
Ferrer broke the Italian four times to lock up the win in 79 minutes. The third seed notched his third victory over Fognini this season and improved to 6-0 overall.
The 30-year-old Spaniard is bidding to win his third title in 2013 after successfully retaining trophies in Auckland (d. Kohlschreiber) and Buenos Aires (d. Wawrinka). Ferrer also contested his second Australian Open semi-final, falling to eventual champion Novak Djokovic.
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For a place in the quarter-finals, Ferrer will clash with 13th seed Kei Nishikori. The two have split their four previous meetings, but Ferrer won their fourth-round encounter at Melbourne Park this year in straight sets. Nishikori beat Xavier Malisse 6-2, 7-5, winning 77 percent of his first serve points.