Sony Open Day Four
Federer Tops Karlovic; Djokovic, Murray, Ferrer Win; Jankovic, Bouchard Exit
March 21 2014 ITS Staff Miami, Florida - Fifth-seed Roger Federer advanced safely to the third round after defeating 6’11” Ivo Karlovic 6-4 7-6(4). The two-time Miami winner Swiss did not face a single breakpoint on his serve in the 75-minute match played in front of a packed stadium.
Federer, who came into Miami having lost the Indian Wells finals last week to Novak Djokovic, broke Karlovic once in the first set before dominating the second set tie-breaker racing to a 5-2 lead securing the match when the Croatian hit his forehand long at match point.
Three-time Miami champion Novak Djokovic defeated Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 6-3 making a successful start as he bids to win back-to-back Masters 1000 after winning last week’s BNP Paribas Open. The Serbian star will next play No. 30 seed Florian Mayer who defeated Ivan Dodig 6-3, 6-2 in 66 minutes.
Finalist in 2013 and No.4 seed David Ferrer opened with a convincing 6-4, 6-0 win over Teymuraz Gabashvili in 79 minutes on Friday to advance to the third round of the Sony Open Tennis. The 31-year old Valencian, who had a match point against Andy Murray in last year’s final, is playing for the first time since pulling out of Brasil Open last month due to an upper body injury. Ferrer will play either No. 31 seed Andreas Seppi or Radek Stepanek in the third round.
French No.1 Richard Gasquet, No.9 seed, eked past Alejandro Gonzalez with a 7-6(7), 6-4 victory in two hours. Gasquet will face No.17 Kevin Anderson who defeated Horacio Zeballos 6-4, 6-3 in 65 minutes.
In a late match, Andy Murray opened his title defense with a shaky first set but managed to dominate Australian Matthew Ebden the rest of the way for a 3-6, 6-0, 6-1 victory in 97 minutes. Murray defeated Ferrer in last year's final. The Scot is bidding for his third title this year also winning his first Miami title in 2009 beating Djokovic in the final.
In women's singles, American Varvara Lepchenko posted one of her best results on Friday by beating former World No.1 and No.7 seed Jelena Jankovic 6-3 2-6 7-6(2) in two hours and half. Another major upset was registered by Elina Svitolina out-slugging Australian Open semi-finalist and No.18 seed Eugenie Bouchard 1-6 6-1 6-2 in one hour and 38 minutes.
Miami Men's Singles Second Round Friday Mar 21
30-Florian Mayer beat Ivan Dodig 6-3 6-2
9-Richard Gasquet beat Alejandro Gonzalez 7-6(7) 6-4
4-David Ferrer beat Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-4 6-0
17-Kevin Anderson beat Horacio Zeballos 6-4 6-3
2-Novak Djokovic beat Jeremy Chardy 6-4 6-3
5-Roger Federer beat Ivo Karlovic 6-4 7-6(4)
6-Andy Murray beat Matthew Ebden 3-6 6-0 6-1
11-Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Adrian Mannarino 6-2 6-4
15-Grigor Dimitrov beat Albert Montanes 6-1 6-7(5) 6-3
16-Tommy Robredo beat Dominic Thiem 6-4 7-6(8)
20-Kei Nishikori vs. Marinko Matosevic
Julien Benneteau beat 21-Ernests Gulbis 6-4 4-6 7-5
Marcos Baghdatis beat 24-Philipp Kohlschreiber 3-6 7-6(1) 7-6(5)
Thiemo de Bakker beat 28-Fernando Verdasco 7-6(4) 6-7(3) 6-2
31-Andreas Seppi beat Radek Stepanek 7-6(8) 4-6 6-4
32-Feliciano Lopez beat Jiri Vesely 6-2 7-6(3)
Miami Women's Singles Second Round Friday Mar 21
2-Li Na beat Alisa Kleybanova w.o.
3-Agnieszka Radwanska beat Romina Oprandi 6-0 6-4
Varvara Lepchenko beat 7-Jelena Jankovic 6-3 2-6 7-6(2)
10-Dominika Cibulkova beat Yvonne Meusburger 6-1 6-2
11-Caroline Wozniacki beat Monica Puig 6-1 1-6 6-3
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova beat 13-Roberta Vinci 6-4 2-6 7-5
15-Carla Suarez Navarro beat Chanelle Scheepers 6-4 6-1
17-Sloane Stephens beat Zarina Diyas 7-5 6-3
Elina Svitolina beat 18-Eugenie Bouchard 1-6 6-1 6-2
24-Kaia Kanepi beat Christina Mchale 7-6(5) 7-6(0)
22-Alize Cornet beat Andrea Petkovic 6-2 6-7(0) 6-4
29-Venus Williams beat Anna Schmiedlova 6-3 6-3
Ajla Tomljanovic beat 30-Garbine Muguruza Blanco 3-6 7-6(6) 6-1
Madison Keys beat 31-Daniela Hantuchova 6-4 6-2
32-Elena Vesnina beat Alison Riske 6-2 6-2
Casey Dellacqua beat Jana Cepelova 6-4 1-6 6-4