Djokovic Unbeatable; Federer, Nadal Today in Miami; Clijsters v. Ivanovic
by Sean Randall | March 28th, 2011, 9:02 am
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Novak Djokovic ran his career-best win streak up to 22 last night after a 6-2, 6-0 demolition of James Blake in the third round of the Miami Tennis Masters.

Djokovic, who is 20-0 in 2011, has lost just three games in his first two matches. Scary? Yes.

“To be honest, I’m taking it one match at a time and trying to win against the opponent that I have today and not thinking about what happened or what can happen,” said Djokovic.

“I have been really trying to use that serve and trying to get some free points out of it [serve] and tonight it was working really great. I think I’m quite a complete player. My game is based obviously on the baseline, but I need that serve so I can get more free points and put a lot of pressure on my opponent. That’s where I’m getting lately, so I’m happy with that.”

Djokovic has won all three tournaments he has entered this season – Australian Open, Dubai and Indian Wells. He’ll next meet countryman Viktor Troicki who was a three-set winner over Sam Querrey.

Juan Martin Del Potro also looked sharp thumping Robin Soderling 6-3, 6-2 to earn his best win since the 2009 US Open. “It feels good. I played a really good match,” Delpo said. “I served much better than in the Kohlschreiber match, and that’s what I need if I want beat Top 10 players.”

DelPo moves on to play Mardy Fish on Tuesday.

“It will be a special match because I know him,” said Delpo of Fish who beat Richard Gasquet. “He knows my game. We’ve played many times against each other. And here in fourth round, every player is playing really well. So will be a nice match for both.”

David Ferrer, John Isner, Marcel Granollers and Kevin Anderson were among the other winners Sunday.

Today, World No. 1 Rafael Nadal is on against his good friend Feliciano Lopez. While Nadal should breeze over his buddy, Roger Federer could get tested by Juan Monaco. If the courts are playing as slow as some players suggest the Argentine might be able to make an impression on the Roger.

“I’ve seen him play for multiple years, and he is a good player, nice backhands, good intensity,” said Federer of Monaco. “He’s gonna be playing in front of a South American crowd for sure, so it’s going to be a different type of a match.”

Roger beat Monaco in their only meeting at Hamburg in 2007.

And in the best men’s match, Alexandr Dolgopolov squares off against JW Tsonga tonight. I think the kid from the Ukraine might sneak out a win in that one.

There are some good looking women’s matches today – maybe the best single day of women’s tennis all season. Maria Sharapova meets Sam Stosur, Caroline Wozniacki collides with Andrea Petkovic and tonight it’s Kim Clijsters against Ana Ivanovic.

All around, what a schedule!

Matches are televised live on the Tennis Channel again and the ATP has live official streaming.

MIAMI MONDAY SCHEDULE

STADIUM start 11:00 am
[4] S Stosur (AUS) vs [16] M Sharapova (RUS) – WTA
[1] C Wozniacki (DEN) vs [21] A Petkovic (GER) – WTA

Not Before 2:00 PM
[3] R Federer (SUI) vs [32] J Monaco (ARG) – ATP
[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs F Lopez (ESP) – ATP

Not Before 7:30 PM
[21] A Dolgopolov (UKR) vs [15] J Tsonga (FRA) – ATP

Not Before 9:00 PM
[19] A Ivanovic (SRB) vs [2] K Clijsters (BEL) – WTA

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
C Berlocq (ARG) vs [7] T Berdych (CZE) – ATP
[Q] O Rochus (BEL) vs [13] M Youzhny (RUS) – ATP
A Medina Garrigues (ESP) vs [6] J Jankovic (SRB) – WTA

Not Before 4:30 PM
[5] F Schiavone (ITA) vs [9] A Radwanska (POL) – WTA
[25] G Simon (FRA) vs P Cuevas (URU) – ATP


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74 Comments for Djokovic Unbeatable; Federer, Nadal Today in Miami; Clijsters v. Ivanovic

jane Says:

Delpo seemed, to me, to be serving much better versus Soda yesterday than he did versus Rafa last week – he definitely hit more aces, 12 yesterday to 3 versus Nadal. That’s a nice bunch of “free”/ easy points, and with Soda not being the sharpest of returners, it allowed him to go for more, even when he didn’t hit an ace. Interestingly, Delpo made less first serves in yesterday – 56% versus 68% versus Rafa. So I wonder if that was due to him going for more aces? Nadal did not serve well versus Delpo last week – mid 50s for the match, which is low for Rafa – but Soda did serve pretty good yesterday, not many aces for him, but he got nearly 70% firsts in. Delpo returned well on both Soda’s first and seconds. Soda is a good match up, maybe, for Delpo, as Delpo can out-return and out-serve him. Forehands were cracking from both sides, but Delpo’s backhand seems more solid than Soda’s. No question Delpo is back to what we saw in 2009 after that match – he will be a threat to anyone from here on out. He has to get past Fish, which should be no prob as he just beat him at Del Ray, and then likely Ferrer. Maybe, then, we’ll see Delpo/Nole which could be great. No matter how well Nole returns, some of those serves will be / were unreturnable. But Djoko has to get there too, and I keep expecting that he’ll run out of steam soon. Hard to say, never seen him like this, so focused.

Also interesting is that a Fedal semi looms on the other side. Simon and Dolgo might like to be spoilers. But I think it’ll happen.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

You should be able to slow the courts down to molasses without Monaco challenging Fed. When anyone talks about slow courts giving other players a shot against Fed, they better be talking about Rafa, Nole, Soderling or Ferrer because I can’t think of anyone else who has had close to the success of Fed on slow courts. Maybe you can get away with saying Almagro could be a bit closer. But Monaco? Come on. Fed should not lose this unless he’s way off his game.


Dory Says:

Who said here during Indian Wells they wanted to see DelPo vs Nole? Their wish will be granted soon. :)


stu Says:

Who is this Berlocq person? Beats “high potential” Jack Sock, “underachiever” Gulbis, and now breaks Berdych?!


jane Says:

^ stu, another Argentine! They love Miami. :) I looked him up; he is 28 years old, ranked 72 in singles, 71 in doubles.

Dory, is JMDP your fave? Just wondering, as I thought you’d said that before. Can’t remember.


Dory Says:

Yes :P All Nadal slayers are my favorites. They rank as following in terms of game quality and my favorite order:
1. RF (Most favorite and GOAT)
2. Djoker
3. JMDP

Amongst the players whose game style I don’t like so much but still respect very much are:
4. Muzza
5. Nadal (like the least-no offense)

But JMDP is “new” compared to RF and Djoker. His favorite position will go higher for me as he achieves more. :) JMDP is future No.1 material.


leo vixen Says:

Delpo made the game against Soderling look like child’s play; it was a beautiful thing to watch. Delpo clearly a far more talented player and if it wasn’t for his wrist surgery, Soda would not have been there keeping his number 4 ranking warm for him.


Fritz Says:

Strategy against Del Potro!
Play low-bouncing backhand slices as often as you could – after 45 minutes his back will be so sore that he’ll either start to shorten points by attempting unreasonable winners or try to come to the net all the time. Either way he will lose.
That is how I beat my best friend every time we play – he is a skinny 197 cm guy… I am 180 cm only.


The fighter Says:

Fed n Juan going toe to toe…


The fighter Says:

Is nobody watching the match? I wonder why? wer r the Fed fans?


The fighter Says:

Woz lost to Peykovic!!!!!!!!


The fighter Says:

oops sry Petkovic it is


The fighter Says:

sharapova won against stosur


The fighter Says:

break point squandered


The fighter Says:

tiebreak it is…may the best man win


The fighter Says:

JJ up 2-0


The fighter Says:

1 – 0 fed


The fighter Says:

2 -0


The fighter Says:

come on juan..make it competitive


The fighter Says:

2-1 fed


The fighter Says:

i m missing the others


The fighter Says:

3 -1 fed


The fighter Says:

jj up 3 0


The fighter Says:

3-2 fed


The fighter Says:

3 all!!!


Kimmi Says:

was fed sleeping in his match? lots of break points went begging. main thing is to get the W when your game isn’t working, and he did just that.

the serve was awful to start with..he manage to get it up in the second but still not enough.

did not see the match BTW, was only following live score. Who is next for fed?


Kimmi Says:

I am surprised petkovic beat woz, how did she do it? must not have made any errors..that is how you beat wozniacki :)

Is this the German girl who dances after the win? too bad, i would have liked to see the dance.


Skeezerweezer Says:

JM gave it his all, Fed just came through when it mattered, actually some great points played. The little guy is next


Kimmi Says:

thanks skeezer. So JM gave his all!! well, good for him. glad feddy won. The little guy? ha-ha must be rochus, what a run he is having.

the little guy always pushes fed..go fed!


Dory Says:

Fed didn’t play so well today but won the important points thankfully.


dari Says:

Woz looked tired and had like 50+ errors for the match. Petkovic was just hitting hard pretty much non-stop, showed some touch here and there, plenty of errors herself. Upped her serve in the last few games and walked away the winner. Danced away, I should say!
Monaco came to play, but roger was showing his allergy to break points in the first set! Way to get the W, though, as kimmi said, and in two sets. Enjoying the grey and peach. I dont like white hats, and I don’t wear head or sweat bands when I play tennis. How to get this federer peach worked into wardrobe?


Kimmi Says:

dari, thanks!

woz played too many matches, some long ones too. i think they caught up with her. she now has to prepare for the clay season, in which she never done well before.

Lets see who will come the winner now. sharapova seem to play well with anybody else not wozniacki. Kim has struggled. I am rooting for Kim..go kim.


Kimmi Says:

I didn’t like the federer outfit dari, glad its only for miami. i feel it makes him look dull, sad.. that grey does not go well with the peach i think..looking forward to see what he has for clay. hope he goes back to the collar..that suits him better.


dari Says:

Can’t pay attention to this Fe-Lo/Rafa match.
I get why you don’t like feds outfit but I just am glad for a change. Love the polo’s but Miami is usually when he changes it up.
Love the harsh grey with soft peach.
Hope he plays better the next match


dari Says:

Rafa looks pretty amped today. Exceptionally quick and superb defense.


Kimmi Says:

match point…rafa wants to win in miami. he brought in uncle toni here, which normally he doesn’t (heard that from the commentators) i think he is ready to stop djoko.

i am waiting for dolgo vs tsonga


dari Says:

Aww, Rafa growing a little chest hair like fed.
It was just one of those days when Rafa was not having it. Very good stuff from him today, better serve for sure.


Kimmi Says:

ah, chest hair dari, i don’t think amarni would like that…


Kimmi Says:

radwanska gave schiavoni a beating…who is ranked higher? schiavoni by a large margin..


dari Says:

No believe it or not radwanska is in the top ten now, 8 or so I think.


dari Says:

He will have it waxed again by next photo shoot, kimmi!


Kimmi Says:

ok, she has a top 10 game, but her ranking has gone down a little due to injury. she is ranked 14 now. schiavoni is 4


Kimberly Says:

kimmi—we have such different taste not only in favs! I like feds outfit, i thought it was pretty smooth!


Kimmi Says:

would be amazing if pablo cuevas continue his ran. go pablo!


Kimmi Says:

kimberly – i just saw a pic of fed on ATP site, makes me rethink a little. but definitely not my fav..

dolgo go get them


Kimmi Says:

tsonga had the same coach for years, i think he started with him when he turned pro..i remember seeing this face..like forever.


Kimmi Says:

bryan bothers are down a set and break..hmmm!


Kimmi Says:

pablo with an early break


dari Says:

Janko is involved with the bryan bros being down, kimmi! What is up with him this tourney? Novak gave him a sip of whatever he’s taking?
I want some points, go tsonga!


dari Says:

And thanks for setting me straight, kimmi. I think I was confusing radwanska seed # with her actual ranking.


Kimmi Says:

janko is on fire. you could be right about taking a sip of novak medicine. one more game to go..

pablo is moving slowly but surely!


Kimmi Says:

what a pick up by tsonga..they both smile after that shot ha-ha


Kimmi Says:

no worries dari

3 match point for tipsy and friend


Kimmi Says:

the bryans lost to dolgo/malisse in IW, lost to janko and friend in miami. no.1 seed struggling a little..


Kimmi Says:

tsonga decides to go for broke on dolgo second serve


Kimmi Says:

RAIN! not good


Kimmi Says:

why are they playing..if i was tsonga i would stop. break point dolgo


Kimmi Says:

now they have decided to stop, dolgo with a break point..tsonga with something to think about in the locker room


grendel Says:

Monaco is a tricky opponent. He lived perfectly well with Federer, but he had no notion of going beyond him. He was prepared, in short, to do the heavy lifting until the moments where it mattered, and then Fed, like a calm schoolmaster, took over.

To imagine that Federer, in this form, can beat first Nadal and then Djokovic is a tribute to the belief that he can inspire. It is not out of the question because he still has the capacity to race through the gears just when you thought they were terminally jammed. Those moments are rationed, though.

Look forward to seeing Delpo against Fish. Fish is not exactly a dependable player, but with Roddick faltering, he has every incentive to put himself on the line. So it could be an exciting match.


Kimmi Says:

federer playing at 9:30 pm tomorrow, too late!


dari Says:

It is too late, kimmi. But it fits my schedule for tomorrow oddly enough! Who’s after rochus?


Kimmi Says:

just checking the draw, could be anyone of simon/pablo/tipsy


Kimmi Says:

rafa and tipsy are home sleeping while their opponents for tomorrow havent even finished a set yet. it will be a long night.


Kimmi Says:

dolgo breaks straight after coming back… he gets broken right back..ha-ha back on serve.


Kimmi Says:

what is going on with layanni, he makes a mistake on the overrule and then gives the point to tsonga. that should have been a replay.

dolgo just threw away a chance to take first set… inexperience.


Kimmi Says:

simon fighting back, tsonga running away with the match..

too late. time to sleep


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Dog’s game is super exciting, but he’s quite a crybaby isnt he? Hard to be a fan of someone with that 7 year old’s body language.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

“You’ve gotta do it again if the first one’s that soft haven’t you?”
AWESOME LINE. On Tsonga’s double-racquet smash.

Aaaaand, what a point for the set.


Dory Says:

I HATE rain. Now Dolgo vs Tsonga will finish tomorrow?


skeezerweezer Says:

Rafa fan dream come true;

Winner of Tosnga / Dolgo match finishes today and the RIGHT after has to play another match…..errr..who’s that? Rafael Nadal.

Anyone dare to pick a winner? lol ( sarcasm )


jane Says:

^ Looks like there are a couple matches between based on what Sean posted on the other thread, but yeah I see your point. I wonder why they wouldn’t move the Rafa match to last thing, at least giving the guys who have to finish a little more time to prepare for the Rafa onslaught! :)


stu Says:

^^ Maybe this way is better though…they only have to play 5-6 more games at the most…what better warm up for a match against Rafa than a real competitive match? :)


Dory Says:

Unbelievable. It is common sense to schedule the unfinished match the very first and then their match against Nadal the very last. Unless the tournament only wants Nadal to win.


dari Says:

That’s a looooong day of wait for old fed!

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