Djokovic Advances In Miami; Federer, Ferrer v Tiafoe Monday
by Staff | March 25th, 2019, 10:28 am

Novak Djokovic wasn’t at his top level but got through to the fourth round in Miami with a tough 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 win over Federico Delbonis late Sunday afternoon.

The Serb, who is seeking a seventh Miami crown, led by 5-2 in the first set and was also up a break early in the second, and at times was clearly not pleased with his play and his mental state.

“To be honest, I lost my focus,” said Djokovic. “I should have done better mentally than I did in the first set and also the end of second set. I managed to really play well the last couple games of the first set, to go up a break and put myself in front, but then I played a couple of really bad service games.

“Credit to Federico, he stepped in. He was the one controlling the pace. I backed up. I didn’t have that much depth and power in my shots and he used it. He didn’t have anything to lose. I think the first two, three games of the third set were crucial, really fighting, trying to be present, regain the positioning on the court more than anything. I think the last four games were terrific, so I ended up in a positive way.”

Djokovic will have a day off before returning to take on Roberto Bautista Agut who got past Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-4.

Late in the evening, Borna Coric and Nick Kyrgios set up a tasty fourth round meeting. Coric came from a set down to deny Jeremy Chardy 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 while Kyrgios hammered Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-1.

Kyrgios had his full arsenal of tricks including no-look volleys, underhand serves and he even got a front-row spectator tossed.

“I don’t know what tomorrow is going to bring on the tennis court, but I’m going out there and having fun,” said Kyrgios. “I served well and returned well and I’m really happy. Today it was a pretty good all-around performance.

“Borna is an unbelievable competitor and one of the best players in the world,” Kyrgios added. “He knows how to win matches and is an unbelievable athlete. He moves incredibly well and I know he won’t give me a single point. I’m not going to think about it right now though. I have a day off tomorrow.”

The lone upset on the day went to Kyle Edmund who sent off Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-4. Edmund will now meet defending champion John Isner who came from an early break down in the first to beat lefty Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-5, 7-6(6).

Canadian teen sensation Felix Auger-Aliassime moved on dispatching Hubert Hurkacz 7-6(5), 6-4. He’ll now face the big-hitting Nikolaz Basalishvili.

“Entering Buenos Aires, I was actually scared of not winning many matches this year,” assessed Auger-Aliassime. “But then after Rio, I told myself that I’m doing good work and to trust in my game and be instinctive on the court. Whenever these thoughts come in your mind, it’s all about doing the best to stay in the present. I need to focus on my tennis and on my game. To try to find ways to win. That keeps me in the present.”

On tap Monday, 3-time champion Roger Federer returns against Filip Krajinovic. Daniil Medvedev meets the towering Reilly Opelka and David Ferrer continues his farewell Miami Open against American youngster Frances Tiafoe.

Stadium 12:00 Noon
4th Rd 3 Petra Kvitova v 19 Caroline Garcia
Not Before 1:00 Pm
3rd Rd Filip Krajinovic v 4 Roger Federer
Not Before 4:00 Pm
4th Rd Venus Williams v 2 Simona Halep
Not Before 7:30 Pm
3rd Rd 28 Frances Tiafoe v (WC) David Ferrer
Not Before 9:00 Pm
4th Rd 5 Karolina Pliskova v Yulia Putintseva

Grandstand 12:00 Noon
3rd Rd 6 Kevin Anderson v Joao Sousa
Not Before 2:00 Pm
4th Rd 27 SuWei Hsieh v 13 Caroline Wozniacki
Followed By
3rd Rd 20 Denis Shapovalov v (Q) Andrey Rublev
Followed By
3rd Rd 8 Stefanos Tsitsipas v Leonardo Mayer
Not Before 7:00 Pm
4th Rd Marketa Vondrousova v Tatjana Maria

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13 Comments for Djokovic Advances In Miami; Federer, Ferrer v Tiafoe Monday

Tennis Fan Says:

Entering Buenos Aires

From FAA

FedExpress Says:

wow. federer loves to self implode.

skeezer Says:

Sorry FE he did not implode. He in fact got into another gear and took off full flight in the second.
He’s through to the next round. 37 yr old still producing wins :)

Wog Boy Says:

“To be honest, I lost my focus,” said Djokovic.

To be honest I would lose much more than focus if I spent evening with Lola Astanova (she was all over Nole on pictures she posted on her instagram), I don’t blame you Nole…but Jelena isn’t happy camper.

Django Says:

Sometimes Novak just wants to be a man and not write in his diary or philosophize with Jelena.

Wog Boy Says:

The boys obviously had fan, if you open this link (don’t worry about reading it) and check the pictures you will realise why Jelena jumped on the plane with kids moment these pictures were published and left for Miami.
You can see Nole and Lola circled in the first photo with boys (I can recognise Filip Krajinovic, Duci Lajovic, I think Nole’s youngest brother and one blonde bomb) having great time in what I think is Nole’s Miami penthouse. If you scroll there are another two selfies of Nole and Lola at the same party, she was pressing her body parts against him and he wasn’t backing out;)

Last time Nole lost focus was because of Pepe and Jelena’s spiritual enlightenment and I was pissed off, if he is to lose focus and not win anything anymore because of Lola I will be more than happy for him, Lola Astanova is worth a sin.

Wog Boy Says:

This song if for Nole, Djordje, Filip, Duci, Lola, Blonde se. bomb and whoever was there that night. life is too short, we are only guests on this planet, enjoy it as much as you can, will not last forever.
Best Aussie country singer from Aussie outback where I am atm, Jamison tastes better in the bush amongst kangaroos and wallabies hoping around…and something else hoping…;)


j-kath Says:

WogBoy: The pictures of Lola – Wow!!!!! It’s a long time since I had sympathy with Jelena….but when someone so gorgeous as Lola presents (and offers)her wares, its tough for the weaker sex – i.e. Males, to turn the other cheek. I think Nole deserves an award for self-discipline.

Hence, don’t agree with your implicit approval that should he succumb, it would be worth it… give in to temptation would destroy everything Nole has learned to value.

Wog Boy Says:

Really glad to see you here.
Do I have to tell you that you are right in everything? I don’t think so, but I admit that I am weak person when it comes to that kind of senses, nowhere near as strong as Nole, but I can live with that, I can wear that cross.

I think it’s better if I stop posting now, Jamison is getting better of me, if Sean decides to do random breath test now I would be charged with High Range Drink Posting and be banned and we don’t want that…some do though:)

Daniel Says:

And she can play the piano, remind me of Alicia Keys. A lady than can work a piano is always sexy as hell.

She been gorgeous is just a plus😜

j-kath Says:

Wogboy and Daniel:

I’d probably faint if anyone agreed with me all the time. Despite the fact that I’m always right….hee, hee.

Daniel Says:

Agree J-k,

We can desire as much as we want, we all have eyes and human, but what you do with that “desire” is the key (succumbing or not).

j-kath Says:

Yep Daniel – exactly.

Wogboy: I’ve signalled before that Jamieson is the product of the Irish and you know how enticing but dangerous that nation can be. Stick to Scotch – a much more trusty product – calms the soul pleasurably…..about time you did your Scottish islands work-tour and tried all our malts – Yes? no?

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