Despite 34 unforced errors to just 6 winners, Novak Djokovic continued his domination of the men’s tour Tuesday in Miami dispatching the improving Dominic Thiem 6-3, 6-4.
“I stayed tough when it was most needed. In the important moments I just tried to make him play, make him run. He has very powerful strokes from the back of the court, so he either makes some really amazing shots, down the line mostly, and some great inside out forehands, or he makes a mistake,” Djokovic said. “It was a straight-set win, but far from easy.
“Dominic is one of the leaders of this generation, no question doubt about it,” Djokovic added. “He’s already established himself as a Top 20 player the last couple years. He’s getting stronger and more confident.”
Thiem converted just one of 15 break chances, and the Austrian knew that wasn’t nearly enough.
“With one of 15 break points, you cannot beat anyone, probably,” Thiem said. “For sure, not Djokovic.”
Djokovic, who is 25-1 on the year and 27-1 in his last 28 in Miami, moves on to face Tomas Berdych tomorrow after the Czech edged Richard Gasquet 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in almost 2.5 hours.
Djokovic has won 22 of 24 against Berdych including the last nine.
“I’m just going to try and focus on my game, try to play some good tennis, stick with the things that are working well so far for me and just try to go for it no matter who’s going to be the opponent,” Berdych said.
Also tomorrow, David Goffin continues his strong form against Gilles Simon. Goffin ended the run of lucky loser Horacio Zeballos 7-5, 6-3. Simon destroyed countryman Lucas Pouille 6-0, 6-1.
Goffin lost his only meeting with Simon after blowing two matchpoints last summer in June at Queen’s.
The Thursday quarterfinals feature Milos Raonic against young gun Nick Kyrgios and Kei Nishikori against Gael Monfils.
Raonic remained in form sending Damir Dhuzhmer to the exits today 6-0, 6-3. Kyrgios overcame an early deficit to beat Andrey Kuznetsov 7-6(3), 6-3.
In the match of the day, Monfils came from a break down in the third to deny Grigor Dimitrov 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-3.
The last match went to Nishikori who eliminated the last Spaniard Roberto Bautista 6-2, 6-4.
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