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Djokovic Starts Quest For Fourth Miami Crown; Plays Mayer In Third Round

Miami, U.S.A.

Djokovic© Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic is attempting to win his fourth Miami title and 43rd trophy overall.

Three-time former champion Novak Djokovic overcame Jeremy Chardy on Friday 6-4, 6-3 at the Sony Open Tennis as he started his quest to capture a second Indian Wells-Miami title double. Last week’s BNP Paribas Open winner will next challenge No. 30 seed Florian Mayer, who defeated Ivan Dodig 6-3, 6-2 in 66 minutes.

Djokovic won both ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles at Indian Wells and Miami in 2011. Seven players have achieved back-to-back success at the tournaments, including Jim Courier (1991), Michael Chang (1992), Pete Sampras (1994), Marcelo Rios (1998), Andre Agassi (2001), Djokovic (2011) and Roger Federer (2005-06) – who is the only player to have done it twice.

"It's obviously different conditions that I'm playing in here in Miami [compared to] from Indian Wells," said Djokovic. "So that's why the first matches are always tricky."

Second seed Djokovic served for the set at 5-3, but was broken by Chardy. He responded immediately, with a break to love, to clinch the 41-minute opener having committed 13 unforced errors. Chardy required treatment for a right ankle injury after Djokovic broke for a 5-3 lead in the second set. The encounter lasted 85 minutes.

"It's a straight-sets win, and when I was supposed to play my best and come up with some good serves and good shots, that's what I did in both sets," Djokovic said. "[That's] what matters the most to me."

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The 26-year-old Djokovic has a 27-5 record at Crandon Park, venue of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 hard-court tournament. He took home the silverware in 2007 (d. Canas), 2011 (d. Nadal) and 2012 (d. Murray). This week, he is bidding to capture the 43rd trophy of his career.

Indo-Pak Express Surge Into Second Round
No. 7 seeds Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-haq Qureshi defeated the Italian duo of Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the second round in Miami. Qureshi is eyeing a title defence after prevailing alongside Jean-Julien Rojer last year.

The Indo-Pak Express will next face the Colombian tandem of Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah after the Rio de Janeiro champions outlasted Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez 1-6, 6-4, 12-10 in a Match Tie-break.

Also moving into the second round on Friday were third-seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo, 1-6, 6-1, 10-5 winners over Julian Knowle and Vasek Pospisil, and the all-American duo of Ryan Harrison and Jack Sock. Harrison and Sock defeated countrymen Deiton Baughman and Martin Redlicki 7-5, 6-4.

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