Novak Djokovic upped his Miami win streak to 14 after a resounding 6-2, 6-4 win over Indian Somdev Devvarman in third round play at the Sony Open Sunday. The two-time defending champion has lost just seven games in two matches and has yet to lose serve despite some difficult playing conditions, especially today.
“Well, considering the wind it was a nice day,” Djokovic said. “Conditions not so great. You know, it was very difficult to kind of get into the rhythm because you couldn’t really serve at your 100% and you had to go more for precision and you had to put twice as much effort in the step adjustments because of the windy conditions. All in all, I’m just happy to get through the rough day.”
Djokovic moves on to face the oldest player left in the draw, 34-year-old Tommy Haas. In a mild upset the German overcame an early deficit to knock out Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3, 6-2.
“Already now he’s top 20, moved into the top, and he’s an all around player,” Djokovic said of Haas. “He’s very talented, and he’s probably one of the most experienced active players in the world now. He can play equally well on any surface. Today on windy conditions I watched his match. He played terrific match, and so, you know, you can always expect Tommy to fight and try his best. So I know what to expect. It’s going to be a tough match, and hopefully I can be fit to play my best.”
After the match Djokovic went to watch the Miami Heat win their 26th straight game after blowing out the Charlotte Bobcats by 32.
— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) March 24, 2013
2005 Miami semifinalist David Ferrer opened things on center court by running his career record to 6-0 against Fabio Fognini after a 6-1, 7-5 win over the Italian. Ferrer, who’ll return as the top ranked Spaniard following the event, was playing his first match after a second round walkover.
“With only one match I am in third round,” Ferrer said. “Well, I am happy, because is not easy play with Fabio Fognini. He played one match before. He was more comfortable in the court. But I am happy with my game. I become very good. And in the second it was tough but is normal, no? Is very difficult to win one professional match easy.”
Ferrer will now meet Kei Nishikori in the fourth round on Tuesday.
Also today, Gilles Simon, Jurgen Melzer, Janko Tipsarevic and Albert Ramos who upset James Blake in the night match were winners.
In the women’s bracket, Maria Sharapova continued to roll roughing up fellow Russian Elena Vesnina 6-4, 6-2. The Indian Wells champ has now won her last eight matches as she heads towards a collision tomorrow against Klara Zakapolova. But Maria has never won in Miami.
“Well, it’s in the back of my mind because I would love to be the champion here,” Sharapova said. “It’s one of the biggest tournaments for us and it’s one that I have the most consistent at being in four finals but yet not winning it yet. I would definitely love to go a step further here.”
On Monday, the women will complete their entire Sweet 16 including matches Serena Williams v. Dominika Cibulkova, defending champion Agnieszka Radwasnka v. Sloane Stephens.
The men’s third round wraps up with Americans Sam Querrey (v. Raonic) and John Isner (v. Cilic) facing very stern tests. Former champion and Miami resident Andy Murray continues against the Federer-esque and current Sharapova boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov in a rematch of their Brisbane final won by the Scot.
STADIUM start 11:00 am
[WC] G Muguruza (ESP) vs  N Li (CHN) – WTA
 S Williams (USA) vs  D Cibulkova (SVK) – WTA
 G Dimitrov (BUL) vs  A Murray (GBR) – ATP
 J Tsonga (FRA) vs J Nieminen (FIN) – ATP
Starting at 7:30 PM
 J Isner (USA) vs  M Cilic (CRO) – ATP
Not Before 9:00 PM
 K Zakopalova (CZE) vs  M Sharapova (RUS) – WTA
GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
 R Gasquet (FRA) vs  M Youzhny (RUS) – ATP
D Goffin (BEL) vs  N Almagro (ESP) – ATP
Not Before 3:00 PM
 A Radwanska (POL) vs  S Stephens (USA) – WTA
A Falla (COL) vs  T Berdych (CZE) – ATP
Not Before 5:00 PM
 M Raonic (CAN) vs  S Querrey (USA) – ATP
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