Three-time Sony Open champion Novak Djokovic will begin his campaign for a fourth title in Miami, when he meets France’s Jeremy Chardy in the second round. The Djokovic vs Chardy head-to-head series stands at 7-0, with their most recent contest taking place at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships.
Following his triumphant fortnight at Indian Wells, where he recovered from a set down to defeat the resurgent Roger Federer in a third set tiebreaker, Novak Djokovic has finally won his first title of the season. A turbulent start to the season lead to a quarter-final exit at the Australian Open and a semi-final defeat to Federer in Dubai, but he was able to recover and successfully complete his fortnight in the California Desert. Having won two of the last three titles in Miami, Djokovic will be looking to carry forth the momentum from last week’s victory and translate it into another Masters 1000 title win.
Jeremy Chardy toppled Argentine Juan Monaco, 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(5), to set up the second round clash with three-time Sony Open Tennis champion Novak Djokovic. Chardy struck 22 aces to end the match two hours and 39 minutes. The world No. 48 is 12-7 so far this season, with his best performance taking place in Brisbane, where he reached the semi-finals before losing to Roger Federer. He is coming off a second round exit to Tommy Haas at Indian Wells and will now face Djokovic, whom he has never defeated, in the second round in Miami.
In their seven previous encounters, Chardy has never managed a victory over the former world No. 1. Apart from never winning a match, Chardy has never even managed to win a single set – cementing Djokovic’s dominance in the rivalry. This will likely be another straight sets victory for the Serb, as he attempts to further his quest for a fourth Sony Open title.
Prediction: Novak Djokovic in Straight Sets