Miami Masters: Djokovic Powers Through
Novak Djokovic has gone 22-22 so far this season after easing past South African Anderson in two sets, 6-4, 6-2, to face Mardy Fish in the first semi final of the $3,645,000 Miami Masters. Ad not set – click and set me here…
World No. 2 Djokovic won more than 80 percent of his first service and managed to grab three out of four break points, only to clinch the victory in one hour and 50 minutes. The 23-year-old Serb, who hasn’t dropped any set yet and any match this season, allowed Anderson to win just 60 percent of his first service, one of the worst for the South African player, wining the opener by two games. But things looked even easier in the second set which found Djokovic building a four-game lead and claiming the victory 6-2.
“In the second set I found that momentum, but I went through situations where I faced couple of breakpoints in the first and second set, and I saved them. I was fortunate in those moments. If he broke me, who knows in which direction the match would go,” said Djokovic after the game.
Djokovic’s next opponent is Mardy Fish who reached the last four round after passing the 2011 Delray Beach champion Juan Martin Del Potro whom he beat in straight sets, 7-5, 6-2. Fish has also become the highest ranked American player within the ATP standings. Having beaten big names such as Del Potro, David Ferrer and Richard Gasquet, Fish is a real threat for the Serb who admitted that he expects a very tough meeting tomorrow, though he has beaten the American five times in five meetings, last occasion at the 2010 Beijing event.
But it is today that Fish looks much better and more shaped as not only did he pass Gasquet, Acapulco champion Ferrer and US Open champion Del Potro, but he has done it in high style and straight sets. In fact, he joins Djokovic, but also Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer among the only who haven’t conceded any set in Miami.
On the other side, Novak Djokovic has progressed into the semi finals thanks to straight-set wins over Denis Istomin (6-0, 6-1), James Blake (6-2, 6-0) and compatriot and fellow Viktor Troicki (6-3, 6-2). Even so, the title fight remains opened for all of the top three ATP.
World champion Nadal beat Alexandr Dolgopolov in the fourth round and is to meet Tomas Berdych in the quarter finals for the 13th time. The 24-year-old Spaniard has beaten the Czech nine times, his last victory dating from December 2010, at the World Tour Finals.
On the first half of the table, Rafa Nadal continued her advancement into the last eight thanks to a third two-set victory, the Spaniard having shown a great shape this week at the Floridian Masters. He is now just one win from a potential ‘dream game’ against new-fellow Roger Federer.
The 29-year-old Swiss is to face Gilles Simon in the quarter finals in what will be their fourth meeting in career. The French, who reached the last eight term thanks to a struggling victory over Janko Tipsarevic, whom he defeated 4-6, 7-6, 6-2, leads the head to head confrontation with Federer 2-1, having last beaten the former world champion at the 2008 Chinese Masters. But the last win belongs to Roger who ousted Simon from the Australian Open earlier this year.
Federer is now chasing his 68th career title, his last success dating from January 8. The Swiss has won the Doha event earlier this year and failed to make the same figure at the Aussie Open and in Dubai. He follows a straight-set win over Belgian Olivier Rochus whom he beat 6-3, 6-1 in the fourth round. Unlike Nadal’s clash with Berdych, this quarter final could be the toughest one, though Simon is 27th-ranked.
If both Roger Federer and Rafa nadal pass the quarter finals, they will meet for the first time this year in a still long-awaited clash. They last met at the World Tour Finals, last year in London.
Miami Masters Prize money and points:
Winner – $611,000 and 1000 points ATP
Runner-up – $298,200 and 600 points ATP
Semi finalist – $149,450 and 360 points ATP
Quarter finalist – $76,195 and 180 points ATP
R16 – $40,160 and 90 points ATP
R32 – $21,495 and 45 points ATP
R64 – $11,605 and 25 points ATP
R96 – $7,115 and 10 points ATP11