Djokovic, Shara­pova move to fourth round

The Pak Banker - - INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS/SPORTS -

World num­ber one No­vak Djokovic and Rus­sian Maria Shara­pova shook off windy con­di­tions to move into the fourth round of the Sony Open at Mi­ami.

Serb Djokovic posted a 62 6-4 vic­tory over In­dia's Somdev Dev­var­man and Shara­pova turned back fel­low Rus­sian Elena Ves­nina 6-4 6-2.

Djkovic's win set up a clash with Ger­man Tommy Haas, who beat Ukrainian Alexandr Dol­go­polov 6-3 6-2.

"It was very dif­fi­cult to kind of get into a rhythm be­cause you couldn't really serve at 100 per­cent," Djokovic, the two-time de­fend­ing cham­pion, told re­porters. "You had to go more for pre­ci­sion and put twice as much ef­fort into the step ad­just­ments be­cause of the windy con­di­tions. All in all, I'm just happy to get through the rough day."

The top-seeded Serb took 28 of his 31 first-serve points and faced just one break point in the 68-minute vic­tory. Haas, seeded 15th, moved through to the fourth round for the first time since 2001. He hit 13 aces and saved seven of the eight break points against his serve. "He's prob­a­bly one of the most ex­pe­ri­enced ac­tive play­ers in the world now," Djokovic said of the Ger­man. "He can play equally well on any sur­face."

Spain's world num­ber five David Fer­rer out­lasted Ital­ian Fabio Fognini 6-1 7-5 and Ja­pan's Kei Nishikori, Fer­rer's next op­po­nent, beat Xavier Malisse of Bel­gium 6-2 7-5.

World num­ber two Shara­pova, who is on an eight­match win­ning streak, fell be­hind 3-1 in the first set but won 11 of the next 14 games to ad­vance in straight sets.

"It wasn't easy for the both of us with the heat and the wind," Shara­pova said. "It was just one of those days where you know you might not be play­ing your best ten­nis. I cer­tainly wasn't to­day."

The third seed next faces Czech Klara Zakopalova, who beat Rus­sia's Maria Kir­ilenko 6-2 7-6. Ro­ma­nian So­rana Cirstea pulled off Sun­day's big­gest sur­prise, tak­ing out sixth seeded An­gelique Kerber of Ger­many 6-4 6-0.

Af­ter Kerber held at 4-4, Cirstea won eight games in a row - and lost just seven points in those eight games. "I didn't have any ex­pec­ta­tions coming into this tour­na­ment be­cause I've never played that well in Mi­ami," Cirstea said.

"But I've been fight­ing the best I could and work­ing my way through ev­ery sin­gle match, and it's work­ing." She draws former fi­nal­ist Je­lena Jankovic of Ser­bia, a 7-6 6-4 win­ner over Rus­sian Na­dia Petrova.

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