Djokovic Loses Third Straight, Del Potro Wins Again; Federer Today In Miami
by Staff | March 24th, 2018, 10:32 am
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Novak Djokovic’s recent downward spiral continued Friday in Miami, one of his favorite events. The Serb had won six titles overall at the event and 16 in a row that is until he ran into Frenchman Benoit Paire., falling 6-4, 6-3 in just 67 minutes.

Djokovic, who suffered a horrible loss at Indian Wells to qualifier Taro Daniel, looked better early on but then fell apart once again, spraying errors and looking unsteady and imbalanced on the court.

In the second set, Djokovic showed some signs of life, overcoming a 4-2 deficit. But serving 4-5 to stay in hit he was broken at love as Djokovic couldn’t even get out of his own way on match point.

“I’m trying, but it’s not working,” Djokovic said of his recent losses. “Obviously I’m not feeling great when I’m playing this way. Of course I want to be able to play as well as I want. Just it’s impossible at the moment. That’s all.

“It happened very fast,” Djokovic added. “I’m just in general trying everything I can. I’m not at the level that I used to be. I’m aware of that. I just have to obviously believe in myself, and hopefully it will come.”

For the first time since 2007 Djokovic has lost three straight matches. The former No. 1 will now contemplate his clay season. It was his second match since his elbow procedure in February.

While Djokovic in going the wrong way, Juan Martin del Potro continues to head in the right direction. The Argentine kept on his roll dispatching Robin Haase 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 to up his win streak to 12. Though del Potro says he needs to get better.

β€œIt was a terrible match for me even though Robin played well,” del Potro said. β€œIt was a very difficult first match of the tournament for me. I’m still alive and that’s important. But I need to improve my tennis, my physicality and my mind if I want to go further. My body started to feel tired but I will have some time now to recover.”

Next for the Argentine on Sunday is 2016 finalist Kei Nishikori who also won in three sets beating qualifier John Millman 7-6, 4-6, 6-3.

“I’m happy to win; it wasn’t an easy match,” said Nishikori who withdrew from Indian Wells with an illness. “I didn’t play the past two weeks, so I had to get used to playing points again, but in the third set I thought I played well. I am feeling very good and playing with intensity for three hours today is good for my confidence.”

Avoid his fourth straight loss, Grigor Dimitrov also advanced in three over German Maximillian Marterer. Milos Raonic, John Isner, Hyeon Chung and Marin Cilic were also winners. Richard Gasquet lost to Jeremy Chardy and in a surprise American Michael Mmoh upset Roberto Bautista Agut.

On a busy Saturday, 3-time champion and world No. 1 Roger Federer opens play against Australian prodigy Thanasi Kokkinakis. Alexander Zverev begins the day on Stadium taking on Russian Daniil Medvedev. Nick Kyrgios, Jack Sock, Sam Querrey and Denis Shapovalov are also in action.

SATURDAY MIAMI SCHEDULE
STADIUM start 11:00 am
ATP – [4] A. Zverev (GER) vs D. Medvedev (RUS)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [1] S. Halep (ROU) vs [30] A. Radwanska (POL)
ATP – [1] R. Federer (SUI) vs [Q] T. Kokkinakis (AUS)

Not Before 5:00 pm
WTA – [10] A. Kerber (GER) vs [23] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)

Not Before 8:00 pm
ATP – [17] N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs D. Lajovic (SRB)

Not Before 9:30 pm
WTA – [3] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs C. Mchale (USA)


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96 Comments for Djokovic Loses Third Straight, Del Potro Wins Again; Federer Today In Miami

Django Says:

I’m afraid he won’t recover from whatever it is. Too bad for tennis and I for one won’t be watching. End of the era.


skeezer Says:

Django,
Novak is a proven Champion, don’t count him out yet. It may take awhile still yet, but he is not done yet.


Van Persie Says:

Good battle Zverev vs Medvedev


skeezer Says:

Yes good battle ….Z won, but he still looks undercooked.


chofer Says:

Agree with Skeezer. Give him time.

Surgeries are the worst kind of enemy for sportsmen. When he feels really without pain, the wins will come. Expect some up and downs now.
He’s too good to not get out of the funk.


PK Says:

Djokovic definitely needs to regain his legendary stamina to keep up in the long rallies – and keep up for a whole match. Once he realizes that he’ll be there, with the pace and the duration of 2-3 sets, all the other parts should (!) fall into place.

Perhaps the clay season is the tune-up surface he needs? Where you really need stamina? I don’t know about that…


j-kath Says:

Re. the clay season – Slipping this in for Rafa fans -
http://www.tennisworldusa.org/tennis/news/Rafael_Nadal/52997/revealed-rafael-nadal-s-outfit-in-the-clay-season/

Re. Nole – According to him – he doesn’t have pain – but is exhausted….


Okiegal Says:

Thanks JK….. I wish the sleeves were missing….,,


Giles Says:

Oki. He needs the sleeves for the next few months. Remember unpredictable European weather!? 😎


Okiegal Says:

@Giles…. you make a good point…. but think about those 2 secs it takes off of his service time?? Lol Regarding Rafa and the time element……he needs all the help he can get!! 😱😱😱 Eeek……he scares me to death……..


Giles Says:

Oki. Hahaha, yep he scares me too.


FedExpress Says:

Federer playing a lot better than in IW. Given the fact that he shaved.

Some exceptional volleys


FedExpress Says:

Forehand much better. Better control and feel.


skeezer Says:

FE,
Yep he looks good so far, first set in the bag.


Willow Says:

Agree on Novak theres alot of tennis still to be played, and its still early days, dont think he will ever dominate again, but i think he will still get back to the top again ….


FedExpress Says:

Miami seems faster than IW. Lol.


FedExpress Says:

0-30

First danger signs


FedExpress Says:

Broke to love. Wow.


FedExpress Says:

COme on Fed

0-30 on Kok’s serve


FedExpress Says:

uhhhhhh

Federer had him but send a FH long.

15-30


FedExpress Says:

too many errors.

4-1 Kock


skeezer Says:

Fed on walk-a-bout now.


FedExpress Says:

Roger on self destructing mode now


FedExpress Says:

Kokk serving for the set.


FedExpress Says:

After having a BP in the first game and not converting it, Federer has paid the full price. Lost the set.


FedExpress Says:

3rd straight match where Federer has to go to the distance


FedExpress Says:

2-1 Fed in the 3rd


FedExpress Says:

In Federer we believe, in Federer we trust.

But he cant punish the 2nd serves to save his life atm.

Did it now.
30-30


FedExpress Says:

oh man.


FedExpress Says:

only one 1st serve in this game and Federer couldnt do anything.


FedExpress Says:

What groundies from Federer. Come on.


FedExpress Says:

COme on. Break point.


FedExpress Says:

Kokk screaming and screaming


FedExpress Says:

What a BH long line


FedExpress Says:

Bp Federer

do it do it do it


FedExpress Says:

Oh mannnnnnnnnnn

saved with a big serve


FedExpress Says:

wtf was that? Simple FH wide


FedExpress Says:

3-3

Refocus Federer


FedExpress Says:

Good quick hold

4-3

Break him now.


chofer Says:

FedExpress

You’ll die from a stroke. Calm down!


FedExpress Says:

Federer playing the Big Points very bad.


FedExpress Says:

What a backhand pass.

Deuce


chofer Says:

Federer is lacking some target with FHs, by 5 inchs.

As my teacher used to say, the best weapon is pro tennis is confidence.

Zverev barely escaped Medvedev today. Still Chung is my surprise shot at Miami. Hope Roger makes this a little easier.


FedExpress Says:

5-4 Federer

Come on, break him now.


jatin Says:

Hope he breaks in this game and win the match. His forehand is very off in this set.


FedExpress Says:

5-5

Why the heck?


chofer Says:

I have Nishikori pulling the upset tomorrow against Delpo in my draw. Let’s see. Berdych played lights out today. Best first round so far. But the Birdman is AWOL when it matters most. Annoying.

This match seems destined to another TB. Federer will pull this off, denying he plays crapy breaker’s deciders to the alarmists:-


jatin Says:

No tiebreakers please. Can’t handle them.
Could fed somehow break him in this game ?
6-5


FedExpress Says:

6-5

Come on Federer, Do it.


Giles Says:

Poor fed fans having a wee sweat! Lol


FedExpress Says:

GOAT challenge

Fed had nearly a heart attack when umpire overturned

0-30


FedExpress Says:

oh mannnnnnnnnnnnn

30-30


chofer Says:

It’s notorious how Roger, when his FH is off, put much heavier spin on it. He’s playing safe with it. He can’t get away with acceleration.


FedExpress Says:

i can believe this mugness


chofer Says:

Ok, hold on tigh!


FedExpress Says:

TB time

Federer the better player in the 3rd just like in the IW final

lottery

think federer will have some ghosts from that final


FedExpress Says:

Mini break kokkkk

just a joke


Okiegal Says:

Fed is getting to do a TB over again….but wrong match! Lol


chofer Says:

Unbielivable someone has to pressure his Fh to win the point.


Willow Says:

Well for Fedexpress thats nothing new lol ….


chofer Says:

He wins the TB. That’s all.


FedExpress Says:

this is just insane

how on earth,


chofer Says:

When your best shot desert you…


chofer Says:

WOW that was some lame slice! Confidence. This is massive!


FedExpress Says:

Confidence is a funny thing.

Had he won the TB or the match vs Delpo we would have seen a more free hitting Federer

this one is afraid to hit a groundstroke


FedExpress Says:

just f.ck it.


chofer Says:

All bets are off in this tournament now. Will Zverev profit?


jatin Says:

Game over.
Well played kokinakis.
Hope to see Fed in the grass court session now. Enough of hard courts already.


Okiegal Says:

Rafa number uno again!!!

VAMOS!!!


BBB Says:

skeezer, I just want to acknowledge your earlier remark about giving Djoker time. It would be one thing if he hadn’t had surgery and a racquet change. I find the article unduly alarmist.


kjb Says:

When was the last time that none of the big 4 remained in a 2nd round of a Masters?


FedExpress Says:

the last two matches. Mentally garbage.

After the great start he had, he has a tough road to get back on track.


Giles Says:

Raaafaaaa back to #1. Well done Rafa. πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€


Okiegal Says:

Oh yes, kudos to 4K! Entertaining match!!


chofer Says:

This quarter without Federer now seems like an ATP 250 lol.

A spaniard will get through, I suppose. Rafa?

Ok, bad joke. My bad. But being number one without playing…

I’m ok with whoever wins this tournament except with Raonic. Sorry, I can’t stand the man without torso. Likewise, not happening…


Daniel Says:

Wow, what a weird match. Second straight match losing a third set breaker.

Now he loses #1 on Monday April 2nd to a total of 308 weeks (6 weeks this run).

That shows the state of mens tennis rigth now. Nadal played one tourney and will return to #1 for at least a fee weeks. If Nadal doesn’t defend his title in MC. federer back to #1 again. I think they will be back and for all year.

With this result Federer pretty much is obligated to play Clay.

Biggest win of 4 Ks career and huge oprtunity for a new Miami winner.


FedExpress Says:

World no 2 again.

The wasted CP points last week played a huge part in Federers confidence in his groundstroke.

You can say whatever you want but mentally he hasnt recoverd from it fully.


skeezer Says:

BBB,
πŸ‘
β€”β€”
Feds run was a fun ride to #1, but its over. And deservedly so. It actually started in IW, where imo his new aggressive game he brought to AO 17 after his time off started to disappear. Congrats to Kok, well played!


chofer Says:

Best weapon in tennis is confidence…

Kokkinakis got a knee surgery, recently. Is Djokovic watching?


Margot Says:

Well played 4xK. The kids are coming!


FedExpress Says:

Federer just said in the presser that he wont play the clay season.


chofer Says:

Funny Kokkinakis is trending at twitter and people like… what is a kokkinakis?


chofer Says:

FedExpress

The best thing for him is not playing it. Rest. Sight on Wimbledon.


jatin Says:

Good Decision.
He just needs to rest and attack the grass court session again. These slow courts are too much for him to handle. He is almost 37 now. Hope to see him play for many more years.
Congrts Rafa and his fans for getting the world no 1 again.


jatin Says:

skeezer
It was a dream while it lasted. A wonderful journey.


Madmax Says:

Jatin, not really so much of a surprise. Got to be hugely tired after all the fantastic, incredible matches played. Bravo Roger! Thanks for all incredible drama over the last few months. Very solid, on a streak, but these things do not last. Will not be miserable for too long. About 2 minutes.

Cannot say this is a shocker. I watched the match and thought – here we go again!

It’s been a brilliant ride and something that should be treasured, so I agree, a wonderful, journey.


j-kath Says:

Kokkinakis is a Greek Orthodox name associated with higher religious ranks of the religion…….I knew one who arrived in Scotland as a refugee about 10 years ago….(wasn’t an athlete …)


Humble Rafa Says:

Congratulations to all those who believe in goodness. Today is your day. Arrogance has been contained and put away for 3 months.


skeezer Says:

jatin,
It’s all good, no? NO ONE has achieved what this guy has, and at this age. It’s been all gravy to me since 17. Others are still working on making mash potatoes, no? :)

@margot,
You are so right. Look at the draw and who is getting through. Z, Tiafoe, Coric, Shapolov, etc. They are a comin’. With the Top 4 out, this is only going to give confidence to this younger clan. Me thinks the Clay will bring some surprising results also.


Humble Rafa Says:

NO ONE has achieved what this guy has, and at this age.

Why are you yelling? Are you mad?

There is no need to randomly capitalize words. It means yelling. Calm the heck down.


BBB Says:

skeezer, until someone else shows some consistency, the fun ride (for you, lol) may continue yet.


Markus Says:

It just affirmed what I think of this Miami Open. It is a sad sack tournament.


Kimberly Says:

hi all just returned

Started the day watching Shapovolov Dzumhur, Tiafore and Edmund which was surprising because watching the match Edmund looked a level above him, but Tiafoe looks mature, composed and like he believes he deserves to be there.

Then went and watched some of Halep Radwasnka.

But obviously the stadium filled to the brim to see Federer. Now I am not a Federer fan. But prior to the whole skip the clay court season Federer was skipping Miami. And he’s not young. He could pull the plug any time he says, I’ve had enough. Could be my last opportunity to ever see him play live.

First set Kokoanakis completely outclassed. We were guessing 6-3 6-3. Roger looked crisp just such a cut above him. Then he played one sloppy game in the second and it cost him the set. But sitting in the match I can tell you it was nothing like the Djokovic match. It really felt like Kokonakis and credit to him stole the match. Federer was holding serve easy all but that one sloppy game, Koki struggled to hold every game. Federer also had a lot of positive energy, come ons. And while Djokovic signed autographs on the way out Federer was way too mad. Maybe he didn’t play his best but he was clearly the better player. Credit to Kokonakis for competing well and gutting out a win when the opponent was playing better than him. Kokanakis did play quite fearless, when he got any chance he absolutely went for the ball. The match was tense, the energy high and afterwards everyone was devastated.

Now for me I found myself naturally pulling for Kokanakis but now wishing Federer had won so I would have another chance to root against him! As much as we love upsets at the end of the tournament the tournament suffers. I mean who wants to see a final with Konankis v. Michal Mmoh?


skeezer Says:

β€œI didn’t play great last week either, I felt, over all,” said Federer, who started the year 17-0 and won the Australian Open. β€œNothing new, in my opinion. I’m trying to figure things out. So, I have time now.”
From NYT

Called it.


Willow Says:

Thanks Jatin i had no idea Rafa was number 1 again even without hitting a ball, just because Federer lost, sorry your guy lost, but what an incredible run anyway ….


Rick Says:

Rooferer would had won, if it was playing indoor. Hahaha

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