Three-time champion Novak Djokovic arrived in the fourth round in Miami following a walkover in his scheduled Sunday match-up against Florian Mayer. He will resume his campaign for a fourth title on Tuesday afternoon, when he meets Spain’s Tommy Robredo for a spot in the quarter-final round. Djokovic leads the head-to-head series 5-1.
World No. 2 Novak Djokovic had the easiest Sunday afternoon in the bottom half of the draw, as he was given a walkover to the fourth round when Germany’s Florian Mayer withdrew from the event with a groin injury. Prior to that, the Serb had begun his week with a tantalizing 6-4, 6-3 victory over Jeremy Chardy. The 26-year-old has a 27-5 record at the Miami Masters and is aiming to win his fourth title at the tournament. His next opponent will be Spain’s Tommy Robredo, who has defeated Djokovic once before on the tour.
Tommy Robredo began his week in Miami with a strong win over rising star Dominic Thiem, before beating France’s Julien Benneteau 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday afternoon. The Spaniard hit 8 aces and managed four break points to secure the win in 78 minutes. Robredo has reached the quarter-finals in Miami once before in 2007 but will be hard pressed to replicate that effort with the former No. 1 standing in his path.
Djokovic and Robredo have met six times previously on the professional tour, with Djokovic leading the series with a comfortable 5-1 record. Robredo’s sole win came at the Paris Masters in 2005 – well over nine years ago. Since then, the Spaniard has been competitive at one other match against Djokovic: the 2008 US Open, which went five thrilling sets before the Serb won the match 4-6 6-2 6-3 5-7 6-3. Considering his confidence boost from last week’s title win at Indian Wells, Djokovic should be brimming with confidence, which will be a bad omen for the Spaniard.
Prediction: Novak Djokovic in Straight Sets