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Djokovic Aims For Indian Wells-Miami Sweep

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Djokovic Miami© Getty ImagesNovak Djokovic leads the list of active players with titles from Miami, earning trophies in 2007, 2011 and 2012.

DAY 3 PREVIEW: Five of the players in the Top 10 – Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Richard Gasquet – headline an action-packed Day 3 at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park as the second round gets underway.

Federer and Djokovic take favourable FedEx ATP Head2Head records into their respective match-ups with Ivo Karlovic and Jeremy Chardy. Federer boasts a 10-1 record over the Croat while Djokovic has a 7-0 record against the Frenchman. Defending champion Murray goes up against Matthew Ebden, World No. 4 Ferrer returns from injury to take on Teymuraz Gabashvili and Gasquet clashes with Colombian Alejandro Gonzalez.

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DJOKOVIC ON THE DOUBLE? Djokovic’s bid to become just the second player to complete the Indian Wells-Miami title sweep on two separate occasions begins today against Chardy. Seven players have achieved back-to-back success at the flagship events: 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.

CHASING 200: Tsonga will bid for his 200th win on hard courts when he goes up against compatriot Adrian Mannarino on Grandstand. The Frenchman dropped to No. 11 in the Emirates ATP Rankings this week, marking the first time he has been outside the Top 10 since 29 August 2011. The 28 year old, who currently has a 199-89 record on hard courts, will become the 15th active player to reach 200 wins on the surface if he wins today. Here’s a look at the top six:

Player No. of Wins
1 Roger Federer 580
2 Lleyton Hewitt 364
3 Novak Djokovic 362
4 Tommy Haas 343
5 Rafael Nadal 325
6 Andy Murray 301

GLIMPSE AT THE FUTURE: The two youngest players ranked inside the Top 100 in the Emirates ATP Rankings are in action today. Austrian Dominic Thiem, who takes on No. 16 seed Tommy Robredo, rose to a career-high No. 86 this week after a third-round showing in Indian Wells, while Czech Jiri Vesely, who also sits at a career-high No. 73 after a run to the third round at the BNP Paribas Open, takes on Feliciano Lopez. Here’s a look at the six youngest players ranked in the top 100:

Age Player Rank
20 yrs, 6 mos. Dominic Thiem No. 86
20 yrs, 8 mos. Jiri Vesely No. 73
21 yrs, 4 mos. Bernard Tomic No. 74
22 yrs, 8 mos. Pablo Carreno Busta No. 64
22 yrs, 10 mos. Grigor Dimitrov No. 16
23 yrs, 2 mos. Milos Raonic No. 12

DAY 3 SELECTED FEDEX ATP HEAD 2 HEADS

STADIUM

[5] Roger Federer (SUI) vs Ivo Karlovic (CRO)


FedEx Head 2 Head: Federer leads 10-1

2004 Wimbledon (England) Grass R16 Roger Federer 6-3 7-6(3) 7-6(5)
2004 Gstaad (Switzerland) Clay R16 Roger Federer 6-7(5) 6-3 7-6(4)
2007 ATP Masters Series Canada (Canada) Hard R32 Roger Federer 7-6(2) 7-6(3)
2007 Basel (Switzerland) Hard SF Roger Federer 7-6(6) 7-6(5)
2007 ATP Masters Series Paris (France) Hard R32 Roger Federer 6-3 4-6 6-3
2008 ATP Masters Series Rome (Italy) Clay R16 Roger Federer 7-6(4) 6-3
2008 ATP Masters Series Cincinnati (U.S.A.) Hard R16 Ivo Karlovic 7-6(6) 4-6 7-6(5)
2009 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Indian Wells Hard R32 Roger Federer 7-6(4) 6-3
2009 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (Italy) Clay R32 Roger Federer 6-4 6-4
2009 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass QF Roger Federer6-3 7-5 7-6(3)
2012 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R32 Roger Federer 7-6(6) 7-5 6-3

Federer, who missed out on the Sony Open Tennis last year, returns to Miami for the 15th time (41-12). The Swiss lifted the title in 2005 (d. Nadal) and 2006 (d. Ljubicic).
• Federer advanced to his 116th ATP World Tour final and his 35th at ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level at Indian Wells last weekend before falling to No. 2 seed Djokovic in three sets.
• Federer clinched his first title of the season and 78th overall in Dubai in February (d. World No. 2 Djokovic in SF and No. 6 Berdych in F). The Swiss moved clear of John McEnroe (77 titles) into third place on the all-time title list with the win, behind Jimmy Connors (109) and Ivan Lendl (94).
• Federer opened his season with a run to the final in Brisbane (l. to Hewitt). At the Australian Open, he defeated No. 10 Tsonga and No. 4 Murray en route to the SF (l. to No. 1 Nadal).
• In 2013, Federer became the oldest player to finish a season inside the Top 10 since Andre Agassi (35) in 2005. He was also the first player since Pete Sampras (1990-2001) to finish in the Top 10 for 12 years in a row. His streak of 11 straight years inside the Top five came to an end, however.
Karlovic booked his place in the second round with a 7-6(3), 7-6(5) win over qualifier Paul-Henri Mathieu. Neither player faced a single break point on serve during the 99-minute match.
• Karlovic is making his 10th appearance in Miami (2-9). He had won just two matches in his career at Sony Open Tennis before this week, falling at the first hurdle on seven occasions.
• Last month, Karlovic reached his ninth ATP World Tour final in Memphis (l. to Nishikori in F) and made a run to the QF at the ATP World Tour 500 event in Acapulco (l. to Dolgopolov). He opened his season with an upset win over World No. 7 Tomas Berdych in Doha (l. to Brown in 2R).
• At Indian Wells, Karlovic advanced to the second round (l. to Wawrinka).
• Karlovic leads the way in aces hit this season. The Croat has fired down 308 aces in 18 matches this year, including 21 in his first-round win over Mathieu. He is one of only six players to hit more than 8,000 aces in his career: Goran Ivanisevic (10,183), Andy Roddick (9,074), Pete Sampras (8,858), Roger Federer (8,445), Ivan Ljubicic (8,138) and Karlovic (8,118).
• Karlovic ended the 2013 season ranked No. 77 in the world, marking his 11th straight Top 100 finish. His victory in Bogota made him the second oldest winner during the year (behind Tommy Haas, 35) and one of 16 over-30 winners on the ATP World Tour in 2013.
• Karlovic is 15-44 lifetime against Top 10 opponents (1-1 this year). The Croat’s top 10 win this season came over No. 7 Tomas Berdych in his first match of 2014 in Doha.

Jeremy Chardy (FRA) vs [2] Novak Djokovic (SRB)


FedEx Head 2 Head: Djokovic leads 7-0

2009 Australian Open (Australia) Hard R64 Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-1 6-3
2009 Marseille (France) Hard R32 Novak Djokovic 7-6(4) 6-4
2009 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Cincinnati Hard R16 Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-3
2010 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Rome (Italy) Clay R32 Novak Djokovic 6-1 6-1
2010 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Canada Hard QF Novak Djokovic 6-2 6-3
2011 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R128 Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-1 6-1
2013 Wimbledon (Great Britain) Grass R32 Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-2 6-2

Chardy advanced to the Sony Open Tennis second round for just the second time with a 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(5) win over former Top 10 player Juan Monaco. The Frenchman won 80 per cent of points behind his first serve while firing down 22 aces during the match lasting two hours and 38 minuutes.
• Chardy is contesting the main draw in Miami for the sixth time (3-5). His only two victories came in 2010 when he advanced to the third round with wins over Mario Ancic and Sam Querrey (l. to Almagro).
• Chardy’s season to-date has been highlighted by a SF appearance in Brisbane (l. to Federer) and QF runs on clay in both Vina del Mar (l. to Fognini) and Buenos Aires (l. to Almagro).
• Chardy finished 2013 inside the Top 50 for the fourth time in five years, reaching a personal-best World No. 25 in January after his first Grand Slam QF in Australia.
• Chardy is 7-25 lifetime against Top 10 opposition and 0-3 this year. His last Top 10 win came over No. 7 Juan Martin del Potro at last year’s Australian Open.
Djokovic is competing at the Sony Open Tennis for the ninth time (26-5). He leads the way among active players for titles won in Miami, lifting the title three times: in 2007 (d. Canas), 2011 (d. Nadal) and 2012 (d. Murray). Last year he was upset in the fourth round by Tommy Haas.
• Djokovic arrives in Miami after winning his 42nd ATP World Tour title at Indian Wells last week. The Serb’s victory over Federer in the final was his first Top 10 win this season (1-2).
• Djokovic’s other competitive outings this year came at the Australian Open where he reached the QF (l. to eventual champ Wawrinka) and Dubai where he advanced the SF (l. to Federer).
• Djokovic finished 2013 in the Top Three for the seventh year in a row, winning seven titles in nine finals (2nd-most in career). He ended the year on a 24-match winning streak.
• Djokovic reached three Grand Slam finals for the third year in a row in 2013, highlighted by winning his sixth major at the Australian Open.

[6] Andy Murray (GBR) vs Matthew Ebden (AUS)

FedEx Head 2 Head: Murray leads 1-0

2011 ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Shanghai Hard QF Andy Murray 6-3 6-2

Murray, who has a residence in Miami, is bidding for his 20th win at the Sony Open Tennis today. He has appeared here eight times, lifting the title in 2009 (d. Djokovic) and 2013 (d. Ferrer).
• Six of Murray’s last seven matches have gone three sets. He dropped the first set in four of those.
• At Indian Wells, Murray reached the fourth round where he fell in three sets to Milos Raonic.
• Murray reached the QF at both the Australian Open (l. to Federer) and Rotterdam (l. to Cilic).
• Murray opened his season in Doha (l. to Mayer 1R), which was his first outing since leading Great Britain to victory over Croatia in the Davis Cup World Group play-offs on 14 September 2013. The Briton underwent back surgery nine days later, which put him out of action for the remainder of the year.
• After his return from surgery, Murray advanced to his first SF in Acapulco last month, edging past No. 6 seed Gilles Simon before falling to Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-7(3).
• Murray finished 2013 in the Top Four of the Emirates ATP Rankings for the sixth straight season. His year was highlighted by four titles, including a maiden crown at Wimbledon.
Ebden clinched his first ever match win in Miami in the 1R, defeating Lukasz Kubot 4-6, 6-4, 6-4. It also marked his first victory off of Australian soil this season.
• Ebden has contested the Sony Open Tennis main draw just once before, falling in the first round to Sam Querrey in 2012. The Australian fell to Steve Johnson in the first round of qualifying last year.
• Ebden reached the second round on home soil in Brisbane and Melbourne this year. He arrived in Miami on a five-match losing streak, falling in the first round in Memphis, Delray Beach, Acapulco and Indian Wells.
• Ebden finished 2013 at a year-end best No. 79, his second Top 100 finish in three years.
• Ebden’s six Tour match wins in 2013 all came on hard courts.

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