The defending champion Novak Djokovic overcame another hurdle on the way to his title defence at the Miami Masters. He defeated the Frenchman Richard Gasquet 7-5 6-3 and booked his place in the quarterfinals.
Gasquet started the first set better, broke Djokovic in the third game to go 2-1 up. He faced two break back points in the following game, but eventually held his serve. Djokovic stepped up his game and finally managed to take the Frenchman’s serve and level the set at 3-3. It was Gasquet, who could have served for the first set, but he couldn’t convert any of the three break points he had at 4-4. The world no.1 punished him for it later. As Gasquet dropped his serve at 5-6, it was the Serbian who took a 1-0 set lead.
Djokovic seemed to be on the run at the start of the second set, going 4-1 up with one break to his good. Both players held their serves from then on, but Djokovic had two match points on Gasquet’s serve at 5-2. Although the Frenchman saved them, he wasn’t able to avert the ones on the Serbian’s serve and the match was over.
In the quarterfinalsDjokovic will face the winner of the match between Del Potro or Ferrer.
Also through to the quarters is the 8th seed American Fish, who beat the 12th seed Spaniard Almagro 6-3 6-7 (2) 6-3.
Fish will play the winner of the match between Andy Roddick and Juan Monaco.