World No. 2 Novak Djokovic maintained his campaign for a second career Indian Wells-Miami title double, when he defeated Jeremy Chardy in his second round match at the Sony Open. The win sets up a encounter with Florian Mayer, whom Djokovic has defeated on five previous occasions. Check out the Djokovic vs Mayer Head to Head.
The two-time Sony Open champion began his fortnight in Miami with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over France’s Jeremy Chardy. While the majority of the contest was smooth sailing for the Serb, he was broken while serving 5-3 in the opening set, but quickly rebounded with a break of his own to secure it in 41 minutes. The second set was only four minutes longer than the first, but saw Chardy slow down near the end after requiring treatment on his right ankle. Djokovic would close out the set 6-3 in 44 minutes.
“It’s a straight-sets win, and when I was supposed to play my best and come up with some good serves and good shots, that’s what I did in both sets,” Djokovic said. “[That’s] what matters the most to me.”
The 26-year-old Djokovic has a 27-5 record at the Miami Masters and is aiming to win his fourth title at the tournament. He did mention that the quick switch from Indian Wells was a “tricky” one due to the difference in condition.
“It’s obviously different conditions that I’m playing in here in Miami [compared to] from Indian Wells,” said Djokovic. “So that’s why the first matches are always tricky.”
World No. 32 Florian Mayer defeated Ivan Dodig 6-3, 6-2 to set up his third round clash with the world No. 2. Following his first round exits in Dubai, Rotterdam and Indian Wells, Mayer has finally managed to boast a win for the first time since a Davis Cup win over Feliciano Lopez in January.
This marks the sixth time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Djokovic leading the head-to-head series 5-0. The most recent victories took place last season at the Rogers Cup and the Wimbledon Championships. Three of Djokovic’s victories took place on hard courts and he will likely add another one to the series tomorrow afternoon.
Prediction: Novak Djokovic in Straight Sets