SONY OPEN TENNIS
Tipsarevic Finds Form
World No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic won back-to-back matches for the first time since the Australian Open on Sunday, rallying for a 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-0 victory over No. 26 seed Kevin Anderson in the third round of the Sony Open Tennis.
“I love this city and playing in Miami. There are so many awesome things going this week, with the tennis, the music festival and fashion week,” Tipsarevic told SonyOpenTennis.com. “The city is full of people and they are coming to watch matches, regardless of the time of day and the court you are on. I just love playing here. I feed off the energy of the city and the crowd. Generally, in the past, this is probably my best Masters 1000 event.”
After winning the second set tie-break, the seventh seed dominated the third set to clinch the win in two hours and 28 minutes. The Serb leveled his head-to-head series with Anderson to a 1-0 mark.
“I was really confident in the third set,” said Tipsarevic “Beating Kevin, who is probably one of the Top 5 servers out there, with a 6-0 set, gives me a lot of confidence heading into the next round.”
Tipsarevic began his season by capturing the crown in Chennai (d. Bautista Agut), but after a round of 16 showing in Melbourne, dropped four opening-matches in a row. The 28 year old will aim to overturn a 2-6 record against Gilles Simon when he plays the Frenchman for a spot in the quarterfinals.
“There are going to be a lot of baseline rallies,” said Tipsarevic. “At least I am feeling confident that my return will be there. I’m going to make him work for it.”
The 11th-seeded Simon defeated Grega Zemlja 6-4, 6-4, breaking the Slovenian twice in each set to advance in one hour and 36 minutes. Simon has a 15-6 season record and is bidding to reach the quarterfinals in Miami for the second time. In 2011, he overcame Tipsarevic in three sets to win their fourth-round clash at Crandon Park.
Jurgen Melzer continued his run of good form, rallying past Tobias Kamke 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-4. Melzer entered Miami on the back of winning the Dallas 2 Challenger. The Austrian will play Albert Ramos next.
The Spaniard closed out Sunday’s action by overcoming wild card James Blake 6-4, 2-6, 7-5 in one hour and 51 minutes. Ramos is enjoying his best result to date at an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament.
“I’m very happy to play here against James Blake, a great player who has won a lot of matches,” Ramos told SonyOpenTennis.com. “I don’t know how to explain what it means to be in the next round right now, but I am very happy. I really want to keep fighting out there. There are a lot of Spanish and Latin American fans here, so it was nice to play on the center court. Hopefully I can play on it again.”